• Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 200.00 View price calendar

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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

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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

john m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this side trip on our motorcycle ride to Alaska. We weren't sure about riding the nearly 100 miles of gravel, but wanted to see and take pictures with the arctic circle sign. Robert was our tour guide, very knowledgeable about the history and uniqueness of the road and surrounding area. Several rest stops, sandwiches and snacks and a tasty stew at the circle picnic area. We stopped at the Yukon river for a few minutes, the local supply depot and enjoyed everything about this tour until we were delivered back to our hotel. Highly recommended, thanks Robert!

Denyse L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A must do. The tour director was a wreath of information. I would recommend this to any traveler. Looking to visit Fairbanks and go on some of the other available tours.

Brad S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Awesome to see Alaska in all it's pristine beauty! Robert, our guide, was very informative and had a lot of information about the area.

Allison L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was an excellent tour. Despite less than ideal weather, the drive went by quickly with regular stops at interesting photo ops. Our Driver/Guide Tyler first took us to a point along the Pipeline and we begin our day long journey of driving alongside and seeing beautiful views of it zig-zagging up ahead. One last stop at a gas station and we were off towards the Dalton Highway! Along the way, we were provided with a nice snack. We got to stop several times visiting beautiful vistas, the Yukon Bridge and eventually making it to the Arctic Circle. We enjoyed a lovely lunch of stew, coffee and hot chocolate prepared by Tyler at a camping spot right at the sight of the Arctic Circle sign. Then, the trip home with a few more stops and more scenery. Tyler was knowledgeable, didn't make us feel rushed at stops but kept us on schedule. This day was a highlight in my trip to Alaska.

Laurie J. E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our guide was the best. Very knowledgeable and great with the history. Wonderful driver and stopped for break. The lunch was a really nice touch. The beef stew was wonderful when we arrived at the Arctic Circle. Would recommend to anyone.

Daniel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Not only would I recommend this trip, I'd take this trip again. On our way to the Arctic Circle we stopped multiple times along the way to explore points of interest. Our driver made sure we had enough time to look around and take pictures of ourselves and for those others on the trip. Our driver pointed out key geographical features both natural and manmade. Answered a barrage of questions from all of us. Trip included a sandwich snack along the way and a beef stew lunch once we arrived at the Arctic Circle. A nice touch!!!

Janie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

On July 13, my two sisters ages 89 and 86 and I 73 and our three best friends from home were on a long-planned trip to Alaska. It was our 3rd trip, but our friends 1st. In 2007, my older sister really regretted that we didn't do the air trip to the Arctic Circle. We might have had we planned for it, but we didn't find out we could do it until we were in Fairbanks, and then there just was no time to schedule it. So, for 10 years we have heard that she still wanted to go to the Arctic Circle! While planning this trip, I saw several months in advance that I could book this tour through Viator, so I did it! None of us regretted it! We had a wonderful time. Dave was our driver/guide, and he was great! He kept us entertained and informed along the way. He was so considerate and helpful with the 89 year old who has limited mobility! He was considerate of all of us, but we did this trip for her, and she really had a good time and was able to participate in everything! I'm glad now that we didn't do the air trip in 2007, because we would not have done this van trip, and it was so much better than seeing it all from above. The entire day was wonderful. I would recommend this trip to everyone! Yes, the Dalton Highway is bumpy in places, the restroom facilities are awful, but when it was all over, we looked back and realized that it was all part of the adventure!

Doris P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Be prepared to be gone ALL day. However, it is a tour well worth the time and money. Our guide, David, was very informative and great fun. Lunch of beef stew and sandwiches was delicious. The ride up the Dalton Highway is quite a trip. Be sure and have your picture taken at the sign - it gives you bragging rights. I do greatly recommend this tour.

Peggy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

The trip was fantastic. Our tour guide, Robert, was so nice and very informative. He did an outstanding job of entertaining us on the long trip. The lunch was great also. Definitely would recommend this tour to everyone.

tom c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had mixed feelings about twelve hours on a bus, but Alaska scenery and our tour guide Dave made this work. The small group was friendly and Dave was attentive to the needs of the group, from disabilities to bathroom breaks. He kept talking with informative background on what we were seeing and kept us in good humor throughout the day.

If you tried to drive this yourself, you would miss the experience, as the road would occupy all your attention.

We got all our questions answered, learned a few good stories and had a great time.

Thanks Dave! Take this tour if you want to see the north country.

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