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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation

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  • 12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Transport by van
  • Free snacks, bottled Water and hot Beverages.
  • 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
  • Lunch

Departure & Return

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

What To Expect

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.

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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free


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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Type of transportation: Van
  • The group size is limited to 9 guests for each Transit van. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple vans will be used in this case.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Operated by Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation?

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
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Traveler Tips

There were plenty of stops which was just as well because the bus was very tight and not at all comfortable.
Seat rotations are a suggestion as legroom and views are at a premium.
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Amazing trip
Jeff_M, Sep 2021
My husband and I had the best time! Dave was a great guide as he was very knowledgeable and friendly. The drive is long but beautiful and well worth it. A great once in a lifetime experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Auriel_L, Sep 2021
Loved the whole trip! Especially when we got to the actual circle and got to feed the birds and they came straight to your hand!
Great 👍
Evelyn_L, Sep 2021
Pipeline, Yukon river, Arctic Circle. The driver NAT was great 👍. This trip was well worth it. Loved it and would do it again.
Day at the Circle
karen_f, Sep 2021
Well, it was a long day but driver/ guide, Nate did a great job taking care of us. He was well informed and answered many questions. The road is rough but he tried hard to avoid the worst spots. We stopped frequently and had a good stew for lunch.
John_H, Sep 2021
Feeding the birds has to be my greatest experience, but of course I loved the whole experience. The driver was knowledgeable and was very safe on the roads! We all seemed to enjoy every minute of it. I’d recommend this to everybody, and, oh yes. The beef stew was to write home about!!
Fantastic experience crossing the Yukon
Susan_C, Sep 2021
Crossing the Yukon River was amazing. Loved getting to the Arctic Circle and seeing wildlife along the way. Guide was well informed and considerate to allow people to shift seating in the van. A wonderful day way up North in such a remote part of Alaska. Lunch at the Circle topped it off.
North beauty
Natalya_W, Aug 2021
Mountains, colour of tundra, fresh, chilly air, trees, huge grizzly bear showed us how fast he can run. I wanted to stay there forever. Very educated driver - tour guide. We were able to see much with him
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day trip
Nancy_O, Aug 2021
Great day trip out of Fairbanks. Beautiful scenery. Very interesting to see the Trans-Alaskan pipeline. Loved the rest stop at a small local and picturesque establishment on the Yukon River. Much of the drive is on a dirt road so good to be with an experienced driver. Our guide, Bob, a long-time Fairbanks resident was very personable and knowledgeable about the region and enjoyed sharing information and his experiences. A tasty stew is served at the Arctic Circle on picnic tables in a pretty location. A super day!
A long but worthwhile trip!
Ronald_T, Aug 2021
The trip was not only special because of the beauty of what we saw but also unique because of the perspective we gained from our guide about life on this particular highway. Indeed, we now have a better understanding of those who worked on the pipeline but also others who deliver goods and fuel to people who live heart the attic circle. Jake’s knowledge of plant and animal life was outstanding.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Joe_F, Aug 2021
Jake did an excellent job of narrating his knowledge and experiences along the Dalton hwy. This dialogue and interacting with us created a conversation amongst the group that kept all engaged positively in spite of an unexpected delay in our return


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