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Dalton Highway Tours

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Dalton Highway
The Dalton Highway runs for 414 miles to Alaska’s northernmost mountains in the Brooks Range and nearly all the way out to the Arctic Ocean. Running through valleys surrounded by jagged peaks, the highway connects Interior Alaska to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and is technically part of the northernmost highway in the U.S. Also one of the most remote, the Dalton Highway parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Visitors who take the drive themselves will need to note that much of the road is still mostly gravel. Unless you’ve appeared on Ice Road Truckers, you might want to skip the ride in winter. 

Public access ends at the small town of Deadhorse, just before the Arctic Ocean, and if you want to reach those last 8 miles of private road out to the coast, it’s possible to join private tours from Deadhorse. At the Coldfoot truck stop, 250 miles north of Fairbanks, the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center gives details on road and backcountry conditions along the Dalton Highway, as well as information on recent wildlife spottings of the likes of grizzlies, black bears, and dall sheep. There’s also a picnic area and sign showing where the road crosses the Arctic Circle.

Practical Info

If you’re driving, bring a spare tire or two. Keep your headlights on, and make way for trucks. To ride the full length of the highway it takes about 2 days of traveling at 40 mph. There are a few lodges and places to camp along the way.
Address: Fairbanks, AK, USA, USA
Hours: Daily 24/7
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Arctic Circle Journey Tour

Arctic Circle Journey Tour

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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.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$169.00
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US$169.00
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Arctic Circle Winter Fly Drive Adventure - Southbound

Arctic Circle Winter Fly Drive Adventure - Southbound

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See more of Alaska’s Arctic in less time on a full-day tour tour by plane and car. Board a small plane from Fairbanks and fly north across the Arctic Circle to a landing strip at Coldfoot. Then drive south on the Dalton Highway, passing landmarks such as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Yukon River, and miles of the arctic tundra. You'll experience winter in Alaska, receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate, and learn from your guide about the history of the region. Includes guide and round-trip transportation from central Fairbanks.
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  • 12 hours
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US$461.00
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Original Arctic Circle Drive from Fairbanks

Original Arctic Circle Drive from Fairbanks

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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.
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  • 16 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$185.00
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US$185.00
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Arctic Ocean and Prudhoe Bay Adventure from Fairbanks

Arctic Ocean and Prudhoe Bay Adventure from Fairbanks

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Discover the Alaskan wilderness on this 3- or 4-day guided trip from Fairbanks that includes overnight accommodation. Head out into Alaska's frontier and visit the Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Prudhoe Bay and the charming town of Wiseman. Soak up spectacular scenery at the Arctic National Park, perhaps spotting wildlife like grizzlies and sheep. Enjoy plenty of hikes, including one on the high plateau of Finger Mountain, check out an Alaskan oil field, and learn about the region's gold-mining history and more.
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  • 3 days
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US$1,600.00
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US$1,600.00

Midnight Sun Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

Midnight Sun Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

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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.
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  • 16 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$195.00
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US$195.00
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Arctic Ocean Adventure - Northbound

Arctic Ocean Adventure - Northbound

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Set out on an epic Alaskan adventure from Fairbanks and drive north all the way to the Arctic Ocean. On this scenic 3-day road trip, journey along the Dalton Highway, past the Yukon River, and through the Brooks Mountain Range. Along the way, stop at the Arctic Circle Trading Post in Joy, visit the historic town of Wiseman and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, and traverse the Arctic Coastal Plain to reach the Arctic Ocean.
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  • 3 days
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US$2,541.54
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Arctic Ocean Adventure - Southbound

Arctic Ocean Adventure - Southbound

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Enjoy a guided journey by ground and air into Alaska's Arctic and reach the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Learn of the natural and cultural history of Alaska's Arctic as you ground tour north the full length of the Dalton Highway.  Experience the rugged wilderness of Alaska's Arctic, Cross the Brooks Mountain Range and visit the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
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  • 3 days
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US$2,131.29
Price varies by group size
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US$2,131.29
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Arctic Circle Aurora Driving Adventure

Arctic Circle Aurora Driving Adventure

Cross the Arctic Circle and look for the Aurora in a one day tour from Fairbanks! Experience for yourself the legendary hospitality and authentic interpretation that made the original Arctic Circle Drive Adventure famous. Travel the famed Dalton Highway. View the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline. Experience the mighty Yukon River. Explore up close the amazing arctic tundra. Cross the Arctic Circle and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. End the day looking for the Aurora in Joy Alaska before returning to Fairbanks.
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  • 17 to 18 hours
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US$299.00
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US$299.00

3-Day Arctic Circle of Alaska Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

3-Day Arctic Circle of Alaska Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

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Visit Alaska’s Arctic in the winter and spend two nights in Coldfoot for the chance to view the northern lights (aurora borealis) at the source. Your 3-day tour begins with a drive from Fairbanks along the legendary Dalton Highway. Along the way, you'll see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Yukon River, explore the arctic tundra, and cross the Arctic Circle. Coldfoot is located directly under the Aurora Oval, which increases the odds of seeing the northern lights. Includes driver and guide, and two nights of accommodation.
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  • 3 days
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US$1,639.00
Price varies by group size
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US$1,639.00
Price varies by group size

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What are Dalton Highway hours of operation?
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Dalton Highway hours of operation: Daily 24/7. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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