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Arctic Circle Tours from Fairbanks

Arctic Circle Tours from Fairbanks

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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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

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Go far off the beaten track on this small-group tour that takes you along one of the world's most isolated roads. Travel into the Alaskan wilderness along the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the way back, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$225.00
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$175.00
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

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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.
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  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$225.00
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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

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Bundle up and embark on this small-group tour from Fairbanks — limited to just nine 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.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$200.00
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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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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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Arctic Circle Full-Day Adventure from Fairbanks

Arctic Circle Full-Day Adventure from Fairbanks

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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.
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  • 12 to 15 hours
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US$200.00
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Arctic Circle Aurora Fly Drive Adventure - Southbound

Arctic Circle Aurora Fly Drive Adventure - Southbound

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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.
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  • 17 to 18 hours
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US$509.00
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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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