• Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
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Imagine yourself on the TV show 'Ice Road Truckers' on this tour that takes you along the Dalton Highway (aka Alaska Route 11) from Fairbanks to the edge of the Arctic Circle. During your 14-hour journey into the Alaskan wilderness, cross the Yukon River and set eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipeline systems. On the return drive, watch for the northern lights (aurora borealis). Food, warm drinks and hotel transport are included in this small-group experience limited to just eight people.

Highlights

  • Afternoon and nighttime tour from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle
  • Travel along remote Dalton Highway, seen in Ice Road Truckers
  • See parts of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Finger Mountain, and cross the Yukon River on the EL Patton Bridge
  • Stand on the edge of the Arctic Circle and pose for photos
  • Be wowed by the northern lights during the return drive
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, food and warm drinks included
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people provides a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

Arctic Circle

Journey along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this 14-hour tour through the Alaskan wilderness. Following afternoon hotel pickup in Fairbanks, travel with your informative guide along the Dalton Highway, technically Alaska Route 11. You’ll stop occasionally to stretch your legs and snap memorable photos of key sites. Plus, keep your eyes open for Alaskan wildlife like foxes, moose, or possibly even bears, wolves or lynx.

Dalton Highway runs north-south through Alaska, almost to the Arctic Ocean, and parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Stop along a section of the pipeline in the community of Fox, and get a good look at its construction while learning about its controversies and environmental impact. One of the world’s largest pipeline systems, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built in the 1970s to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay 800 miles (1,287 km) south to Valdez.

Back on the Dalton Highway, drive over the EL Patton Bridge, the only bridge in Alaska that crosses the Yukon River. With an impressive length of 2,295 feet (700 meters), the bridge carries not only vehicle traffic but also the pipeline. Take a picture of the bridge and then stop again further down the road to admire Finger Mountain that offers views of the alpine tundra. 



When you arrive at the edge of the Arctic Circle, pose for commemorative photos around the sign displaying your latitude of 66°33’ north. Absorb the natural beauty around you and enjoy the provided sandwiches, coffee and homemade hot punch.

Then, climb back aboard your vehicle to begin the drive back to Fairbanks. At this time, it'll be about two to three hours before midnight, an ideal period to start watching for the northern lights. If they do appear, your driver will pull over at several different spots, including the Tolovana River and Wickersham Dome, to give you ample time to marvel at and take photos of this natural phenomenon.

Your Fairbanks northern lights tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours.

Customer Reviews

Alice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Ricky is the best! He made sure everyone was comfortable. Very informative and funny! Long drive but Rucky made it easy for us.
He really tried to look for the Northern Lights. We didnt see it but overall, it was a great trip. Love the Yukon River Camp!!

Anni W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

What a long trip! They picked us around 1:20pm that day, then we back to hotel around 5:30am in the morning. Even it was a long trip, it's worth to have an Arctic Circle experience. We explored beautiful attractions on the way to the Arctic Circle, and we chased northern light on the way back. Ricky is awesome, he's humor and REALLY talkative. You won't feel bored along the road!

Yu X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our tour guide name Mike. He is really fun and love Alaska. He had enough knowledge to tell about Alaska. He is a good driver. Dalton Highway is a definitely dangerous highway, you wont want to drive if you don't know how. Mike knew what he was doing. On our way, he will stop and park on the side way for us to watch the wile animals if we saw some. On our way back, he was looking the northern lights for us. It really helpful especially for us, since we did not know what should be expected for at the very first day. The trip is kinda pricey, but you wont't regret to hire some to take you at all. It actually the best decision we made for our trip.

Eliza11

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

How can you go to Fairbanks and not take a drive up to the Arctic Circle? You can't! Or at least, you shouldn't. The northern lights don't always cooperate but the particular winter beauty and desolation of the road out of Fairbanks and the Dalton Highway along the pipeline, along with artisan Dorothy and her cabin on the Yukon River shore yes!, and the photo ops duh make this tour a must. Our guide's name escapes me, but he was a refugee from New Jersey, Michigan, and Los Angeles who lives for fishing, quotes Robert Service, and makes extra money driving first-time, only-time visitors up to the Arctic Circle and back - quintessential Alaska.

Qiaoyi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was long, but thanks to Ricky’s (the guide) humor and talkativeness, I didn’t feel bored and tired at all. Ricky had so many secret and beautiful places for us to enjoy the auroras, and I had a great time to travel with him.

Jeff C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Awesome trip and great guide with interesting stories- even saw the lights!

Mala B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Just amazing,,,,,,,,,mind blowing,,,,

Melanie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great driver/guide - Dave made it so interesting. The time flew by.

Kirk W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Wonderful tour...be prepared for a rough ride...and long night. But you can say...I've been to the Artic Circle! Didn't get to see the lights : But Mother Nature is fickle! ha!

JAIME K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was one of THE BEST TOURS I HAVE EVER BEEN ON!!!!! Our guide Jeff was incredible and the lights were AMAZING!!! One of the best trips / nights of my life. GO! GO NOW!

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