Arctic Circle Tours from Fairbanks

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It’s hard to believe that the Arctic Circle is within reach of a major US city. But travelers to Fairbanks, Alaska, can get there for the weekend or even a day. Here’s where to go for a first-hand experience of the world’s northernmost circle of latitude—and the magical northern lights.

Full-Day Tours
From Fairbanks you’ll journey up the Dalton Highway, one of the “loneliest roads in the world,” to where the Arctic Circle begins. Along the way you can see the famous Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the mighty Yukon River, and the local wildlife and peaceful landscapes that make this such a beautiful place to visit. Your guide will inform you about Alaska’s arctic geology and indigenous Eskimo culture, and you’ll have a shot at seeing the northern lights (aurora borealis).

Arctic Circle Northern Lights Tours
If seeing the northern lights is your main goal and you’ve come at the right time of year, a dedicated small-group northern lights tour is your top choice. Traveling the highway during afternoon and evening, guides know the best spots and times to see the celestial phenomenon, whether by land or air. Some tours include a visit to outdoor hot mineral springs and the Aurora Ice Museum.

Things to Know
  • While northern lights sightings are never guaranteed, the best time of year to try to see them is September to March.
  • Though Alaska tour company vans are climate-controlled, it’s best to dress warmly for comfort in the cold climate.
  • Tours can last 10 to 16 hours, depending on what is included.
  • Tours that include one-way by scenic flight offer more time on the ground at the Arctic Circle while still allowing you to see stellar views of the arctic tundra by road.
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

Pair aurora borealis with spa treatments and you get a northern lights experience like no other. This night trip from Fairbanks takes you to Chena Hot Springs Resort for an exciting but relaxing array of activities. Discover eye-popping sculptures at the on-site Aurora Ice Museum, and then unwind in the resort’s legendary mineral water baths. When the conditions are right, a guide takes your small group to the best locations to watch for the ethereal northern lights, with warm beverages in hand.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$175.00
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$175.00

Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

Imagine yourself on the TV show 'Ice Road Truckers' on this tour that takes you along the Dalton Highway (aka Alaska Route 11) from Fairbanks to the edge of the Arctic Circle. During your 14-hour journey into the Alaskan wilderness, cross the Yukon River and set eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipeline systems. On the return drive, watch for the northern lights (aurora borealis). Food, warm drinks and hotel transport are included in this small-group experience limited to just eight people.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$225.00
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Full Day Small Group Tour of Arctic Circle from Fairbanks

Experience the Arctic Circle and Dalton Highway, one of the world’s “loneliest roads,” on a small-group sightseeing tour in a comfortable high-top van. After a convenient pickup at your destination of choice in Fairbanks, see the Yukon River, Alaska Pipeline, and White Mountains on your way to the most northerly of the major circles of latitude. View the Northern Lights and enjoy a hot meal included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$209.00
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

How many people can say they’ve crossed the Arctic Circle? Experience the landscapes of a lifetime on this full-day guided trip from Fairbanks and see the Northern Lights. Journey through Alaskan wilderness aboard comfortable transport, and take a stroll along the Yukon River. On a high plateau of Finger Mountain, spot wildlife such as foxes, moose and bears. On the way back, witness the splendor of Aurora Borealis.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$220.00
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Arctic Circle Aurora Borealis Tour By Air and Car from Fairbanks

Experience two of Alaska's highlights—the Arctic Circle and Aurora Borealis—on a 15-hour tour by air and car from Fairbanks. Spend the day exploring the Arctic Circle, starting with a flight from Fairbanks to Coldfoot. Receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate, and travel south along the Dalton Highway past landmarks like the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Yukon River. In the evening, stop in the town of Joy, Alaska to watch the Aurora Borealis. Includes guide, live commentary, and round-trip transportation from Fairbanks.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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US$469.00
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

Journey to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks for a first-hand experience of the Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude in one of our climate-controlled vans. Here, in the summer and winter, the sky is completely dark or light for 24 hours a day! Travel along the famous Dalton Highway and spot wildlife (no guarantee) as you cross the Yukon River. When you arrive, learn about the area’s indigenous culture, take a walk with your guide, snap photos of the arctic landscape, and enjoy a free delicious warm stew amidst the incredible surroundings. You’ll take home an official Arctic Circle certificate to commemorate this amazing Alaska experience. Make sure to dress weather appropriate and we recommend to wear some sturdy shoes to be able enjoy this trip.This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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US$200.00
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Arctic Circle Full-Day Adventure from Fairbanks

Enjoy adventures away from Fairbanks as you discover the beautiful landscapes of the Alaskan wilderness. Walk along the thundering Yukon River, and hike above the tree line of Finger Mountain for gorgeous views. At the Arctic Circle take a commemorative photo, and learn about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipelines. Enjoy live commentary and hotel transport on this full-day tour.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$195.00
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Arctic Circle Drive from Fairbanks

Travel the famous Dalton Highway on this 16-hour Arctic Circle drive. Visit the Yukon River, stop by the Arctic Circle Trading Post, and get views of the tundra landscape. Learn about life in rural Alaska through your guide's commentary; departure from a meeting point in Fairbanks.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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US$179.00
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  • Duration: 16 hours
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16-Hour Tour of the Arctic Circle in Winter from Fairbanks

Explore Alaska’s Arctic on a 16-hour tour from Fairbanks. Travel on the famous Dalton Highway and see the Arctic Circle, Yukon River, Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and miles of rugged Alaskan wilderness. Hear commentary from your guide about the region's history and environment, and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate when you cross the Arctic Circle. Perfect for travelers who want to experience this far northern landscape and reach the Arctic Circle, this tour is also a photographer's delight. Includes guide and transportation from central Fairbanks.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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US$219.00
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  • Duration: 16 hours
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Arctic Circle Tour

Harsh but beautiful, Alaska’s frozen north comprises a swath of wilderness that’s home to snow-capped peaks, abundant wildlife, and the Northern Lights. The full day Arctic Circle tour includes a fully-narrated drive on the Dalton Highway. Limited to just eight participants, the tour shows off the Brooks Range, the White Mountains, and the Yukon River. Expert guides help you spot wildlife, learn about Northern Alaska, and potentially see the Northern Lights.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$169.00
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Midnight Sun Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

The Alaskan arctic summer brings 24 hours of daylight in a phenomenon called the Midnight Sun. This tour, led by an experienced guide, takes you from Fairbanks and into the Arctic Circle. You’ll enjoy highlights like an Alaskan Homestead, the Dalton Highway, Arctic tundra, Trans Alaska Pipeline, and the Yukon River.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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US$179.00
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  • Duration: 16 hours
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