Tour code: 5957ARCTIC
Bundle up and embark on this small-group tour from Fairbanks — limited to just eight people — that takes you to the Arctic Circle, Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude, where the sky is completely dark or light all day. Aboard a climate-controlled van, cruise along the Dalton Highway, cross the Yukon River and then enjoy lunch in the arctic landscape. Learn about the indigenous Eskimo culture in the region, and take home incredible pictures, as well an official Arctic Circle certificate. Hotel transport is included.


  • Day trip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle, Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude
  • Travel on the famous Dalton Highway and spot wildlife along the Yukon River
  • Learn about the region’s geology and indigenous Eskimo culture from your guide
  • Enjoy free time to walk around, take photos and have lunch
  • Take home an official Arctic Circle certificate
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a rare opportunity get a glance at real Eskimo life and experience the Arctic. You'll even receive your own Arctic Circle certification!

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What You Can Expect

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

Dalton Highway on Route to Arctic Circle

Rise early for your hotel pickup in Fairbanks, and then relax aboard a climate-controlled van that travels for 200 miles (322 km) to the Arctic Circle. Listen to informative commentary from your guide, and enjoy beverages and snacks during the drive.

Speed along Dalton Highway, the same highway that appears in the TV show Ice Road Trucker, and when you traverse the Yukon River, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. You’ll also set eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the world’s largest pipeline systems that carries oil hundreds of miles across Alaska.

Arrive at the Arctic Circle, where most of the region is always blanketed with ice. Hear more about this major circle of latitude that is one of five making up the map of Earth. The sun never rises here in the winter, and in the summer, sunlight around the clock melts the icy waters.

Spend about an hour at the Arctic Circle. Take memorable shots of this special place and settle in for lunch in this remote landscape. Your guide provides facts about the local geology, as well as the indigenous Eskimo culture with roots in the region for thousands of years.

With an official Arctic Circle certificate and plenty of photos as souvenirs of this unique day, board your van for transport back to Fairbanks.

Customer Reviews

Shiam K Papua New Guinea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The trip started fairly early in the morning.. we were just a small group of 4 and we had very personal attention from our Tour guide and driver David. We were very well looked after. We had enough food to eat and lunch was very special... a treat in the woods... I would certainly recommend this trip .. a must see destination..

Ting Fang L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Dave was a great guide! Shared great stories with us throughout the trip and went out of his way to make sure that we're happy and comfortable. Will recommend him to anyone keen on this tour!

Kun H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It was a nice trip. The guide/driver was nice. Upon departure, he introduced us all aspects of the city of Fairbanks and Alaska, history, etc. The scenery was really beautiful. Definitely worth it. The only minor problem is that there was no regular restroom during the trip.

Kathy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide was David S. He was the best! David was very careful on the road and we felt safe. I appreciated that because it can be a dangerous road. We made stops along the way and he let us take pictures and walk around. Every stop was an adventure of it own. No matter what the situation David made the best of everything. He shared many interesting stories and we learned a lot about Alaska. He related well with everyone in our group. My daughter who is 24 also enjoyed this tour very much. David has a special way of relating to everyone. On the way back he even pointed out the starting of the Auroa's and let us have time to enjoy them a bit. We are thankful David was our guide and that he helped make this an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Claudia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My husband and I are totally impressed with Viator. I booked this tour as a surprise for him. The day before the trip nov 26 I called and the manager said that they might have to cancel it because there was a really bad winter storm. Bummer I said, but he made this happen! Even though it was Thanksgiving day, this manager I can't remember his name but the office is at the North Pole was keeping us updated and he send us to this tour adding the aurora borealis viewing. The trip was an amazing experience. Our tour guide was Art, a very funny guy. I would give this man 10 stars if I could. He made sure that we make enough stops for bathroom breaks, that all of us have snacks, hot coffee and hot tea. Even though the road was really bad he drove super safe and stopped to every sign so we can take pictures. Even though we didn't see the lights we brought home great memories. I loveD Art's stories about the Dalton HWY and the ice road truckers and many other stories. Art was really amazing. The tour was perfect thanks to him. Seriously, Art is the best guide my hubby and I had and we do travel quite a lot and because of him, from now on we will only book tours with Viator. THANK YOU ART!!!
PS: the only sad thing about the trip was that NOBODY but hubby and I tipped him. I couldn't believe my eyes. No matter what country you are from or whatever the tradition in your country is, a tip is a tip. Just remember guys...these tour guides are driving 12-14 hours on a very dangerous HWY!!! And if your guide is as awesome as ours was....please tip him!!!

Dale J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. It was a more intimate tour in that we were in a van with only 6 passengers. Patricia was great.

Rosemary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour. Our guide was Ranier. Wonderful from the moment we were picked up to when we were dropped off. Upon arrival at our cabin, Ranier had a bag with a ham/cheese sandwich, water, chips and a cookie. Excellent narrative all along the drive to the Artic Circle. After we received our certificate that we crossed the Circle, a wonderful lunch was provided by him there. Delicious stew made by his wife. The drive back had many interesting stops. We were a party of five - 2 seniors, our daughter and an 11 and 14 year old. Ranier had all of our attention the whole time. All we can say is take this tour. Well worth it. Wonderful - request Ranier if you can.

laura a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Roslyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

So glad we chose this tour. Patricia was great and we loved her bear story. So much better than being on a big bus tour.

yuval d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The guide was excellent

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