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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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.
  • 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
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Local guide
Transport by van
Free homemade stew, sandwich, snacks, and beverages. (vegetarian option available upon request)
Official personalized Arctic Circle Certificate
Hotel pickup and drop-off within the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole (Any address is possible, as long as it is in the city limits)
Gratuities
pick up outside the city limits
no gluten free or vegan meal option available. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch and snacks.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up will occur between 7 am and 8 am, depending on the hotel location. Please contact us 24 hours before tour start to confirm your exact pick up time.
We can pick you up at any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you are staying at alaska-wildlife-cabins-and-hostel, no pick up is necessary and you can hop right into our tour vans.
If you are staying outside the city limits, we are able to meet you at the local Walmart parking lot for pick up.

Departure Time

7:00 AM
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 a lunch of beef stew and a sandwich (vegetarian option also available). 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point
We begin our journey with a convenient pickup at your hotel/address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. We will schedule your pick up time between 7 am and 8 am for you, depending on the location of the hotels. Settle into your seat and relax on the 200-mile (322-km) journey down the back roads of Interior Alaska. We provide free snacks and drinks on the road to ensure your utmost comfort in our climate-controlled vans. Take a trip back in time as you travel down the Dalton Highway. Enjoy the journey across the Yukon River, as you catch a glimpse of the wildlife that inhabits sub-arctic Alaska. With sweeping views of mountains and valleys, you will also see the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the largest pipeline systems, transporting thousands of gallons of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hilltop Restaurant & Marketplace
Stop at the Hilltop Restaurant & Marketplace where you can find the best Pies in this area. No matter if you like to have an extra treat, some Alaskan gifts for the family back home or if you are only interested in using one of the last Restrooms with running water, you are welcome to do any of it during this stop.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yukon River Camp
Stop at the Yukon River Camp and visit the mighty Yukon River. This is your last chance to visit a Restroom with running water (there will be many more stops at outhouses along the road). You will also have a chance to buy some more snacks or visit a one of a kind store with handmade gifts and fur items. Something you will not find at any other tourist store around town.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Finger Mountain
Enjoy the beautiful area of Finger Mountain and take a walk around the short hiking path. This is just one more opportunity of many for some amazing pictures.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
BLM Arctic Circle Monument Sign
Upon reaching the Arctic Circle, one of the five markers of latitude (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator & Antarctic Circle) you will be met with a glorious site.The weather in this region can range from extreme cold in the winter months (September to May) to temperate heat, as high as 90 * Fahrenheit (32 * Celsius) in the summer months. (May to end of August). Hop out and stretch your legs, take a walk and capture photos of this unique location. Enjoy a delicious free hot lunch (Beef Stew and a Sandwich. Vegetarian option is available upon request) provided by our guides while soaking up the remote surroundings and learning about the history and geology of this very special area. You'll learn interesting facts about the cultures of the Indigenous people, whom have inhabited this remote area for more than 9.000 years. After around 1 hour of sightseeing, enjoy flipping through your photos with your official Arctic Circle Certificate in hand. Sit back and enjoy the journey back to Fairbanks on this one of a kind trip. With your camera filled with photos and an official Arctic Circle certificate in hand to show off to your friends and family back home, relax on the drive back to Fairbanks. This small-group tour is limited to 8 to 9 people, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Please dress appropriately. During the winter months, temperatures are usually very low, so please dress in layers and wear warm winter clothing. During the summer month it could get very warm and rain might be always possible. We recommend to bring sturdy shoes and a rain/weather jacket.
  • The weather conditions are in no way predictable in our area and we will not offer a refund in case of too many clouds.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Please no small children under 5.
  • There is a possibility of cancellation due to dangerous weather and/or road conditions. If this occurs, an alternative date or full refund will be offered.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required. We are not able to provide gluten free or vegan options.
  • Type of transportation: Van
  • The group size is limited to 9 guests for each Transit Van and up to 12 guests for our mini coach. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple Van's will be used in this case.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch.
Q:
I am a vegetarian / I have allergies / I am gluten or lacto free.
A:
Just let us know any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips


  • "Right up front if you expect smooth roads all the way to the circle you'll be disappointed, but I've travelled on roads far worse." See review
  • "Was a long day but plenty of stops with a very tasty sandwich then later a hot stew at the Circle itself." See review
  • "Take a picture of van when you leave, then again at arctic circle." See review

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Recommend for anyone who desires a day filled with beauty
Elaine_T
, Sep 2020
Bob was a perfect host, he was extremely knowledgable of the area and entertained our questions with patience. Enjoyed the flexibility of having a smaller group. Lunch, especially the stew was great.
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Great Day at Arctic Circle
Christine_R
, Aug 2020
Awesome day. Had some perfect stops, got to see a lot of the landscape and of course the Dalton Highway. It was totally worth it and we had a great guide!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for joining us. Come back again.
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Artic Circle Trip
ChristineM_F
, Jul 2020
Excellent trip and our guide Jake was very informative and glad we did this trip. We wanted to go to the Artic Circle and the road is not good to do on your own so we booked the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. There really is no place on earth like the Arctic Circle. We agree, Jake is great. Thank you.
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Arctic circle day trip from Fairbanks with lunch
firstfleeter51
, Nov 2019
We went to the Artic circle on an 8 1/2 hr day tour in a mini van with about 8-9 people. Company was great, our driver was beaut and the day was fantastic. The weather was superb and when we got to our final point, the temperature was 28c which was incredible. Our BBQ Lunch was provided by our tour and was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the pipeline was awesome. A great day.
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle
ThrillSeeker911
, Sep 2019
The trip was amazing! Our tour guide Grace was simply fantastic! Not only was she well versed with Alaska history, but you could tell she had a genuine interest and love for Alaska. The road was bumpy and the day was long, but very well worth it! I plan on taking the same trip when the opportunity presents itself!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello from North Pole, Thank you for the review of your tour and guide Grace. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards, Amber
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Nice artic circle day
Ines B
, Sep 2019
It was a great experience! The guide was very friendly and helpfull, he explained a lot of interesting things. The trip was very long but very interesting.
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Aug. 22 Tour
arizonapipps
, Aug 2019
Linley was a great guide. She really worked hard to make this the best tour possible. She showed us Alaska in all of its beauty which is exactly what we wanted.
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Amazing experience
rprieto07
, Aug 2019
I highly recommend this tour. the tour guide was beyond amazing and very knowledgeable! The entire tour was relaxed as we were never rushed at any stop. Our guide stopped for us to take pictures and hunt for wildlife! We saw 2 moose and a fox! The complimentary sandwich and beef stew were very good!! It was a really nice picnic after reaching the Artcfix Circle! The 12 hours never felt like 12 hours but flew by so quickly! one of the best experiences! This is a must do and a must see!
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Great day trip
JuneandJohn
, Aug 2019
A wonderful experience with our very knowledgeable guide Dave. Was a long day but plenty of stops with a very tasty sandwich then later a hot stew at the Circle itself. Super commentary en route with lots of local and interesting information. Dave was a super guide who made sure he interacted with each individual in the group. Timings at each stop were just right. Thoroughly recommend.
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An awesome tour
teedub1958
, Aug 2019
This adventure was simply terrific. First, Alaska Wildlife Guide picked me up (and dropped off) at the home i was staying rather than a meet up in town. Dave, our guide was awesome. Beyond knowledgeable, nice and a great sense of humor. Plus, he served up a great bowl of stew and tamed the local birds at the Arctic Circle. They were eating out of his hand. The drive was smooth and comfortable, or as Dave said, we must have called ahead. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience.
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