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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

Claire B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guide, David, was impressively knowledgeable about the wildlife, geography, and history of the land and overall was a really nice guy. We stopped at a really cool Yukon roadside station to get food and interact with some of the locals who were interesting and gave me a ride on their snowmobile! before continuing up to the Circle. We stopped to take pictures of the sunset and got an official Arctic Circle certificate afterward, and yes, we saw the Aurora! It wasn't as bright as we were hoping because the moon was nearly full, so I highly recommend doing this trip when it's a new moon or close to it. Check before you book, and check the weather too as clouds will obstruct the view. The silver lining was that we saw not only the green lights but the rarer pink and red ones too. So maybe it was a red lining? Also! Keep in mind, humans can only detect so much with the naked eye and the Aurora will look similar to how we see the Milky Way: Yellow-gray, somewhat pale. The photographs of bursting skies are only visible with long camera exposures the same way all those extra stars in astrophotography are only visible with cameras. This doesn't dampen the experience at all especially because you CAN see colors with the eye alone, but it's a good heads up for those expecting a saturated tie-dye sky.

I'd totally do this again. There's no such thing as seeing the Northern Lights too many times, especially over such a breathtaking landscape.

Xuwei C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Renee is a super nice a knowledgeable guy!!! And we did see lot of aurora that night!!

Nichola L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

What a great tour. Our tour guide was amazing and full of great knowledge and anecdotes.
We were entertained for the whole drive - which seemed like it could get boring - and got very lucky with some great views of the Northern Lights.
Would highly recommend.

JEFFREY S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip to the Arctic circle. Would do it again!
We saw the lights only briefly. We enjoyed our ride.
Thanks to Rene for the experience

Yanlin Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our drive is a really nice guy. He explained everything on the road and finding a good spot for us to see the Aurora. It was windy everywhere but I still saw beautify northern lights. It's a nice and unforgettable trip.

Lee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was great, but the Northern Light was a let down just four minute. I love the driver up to Arctic Circle. Happy to paid someone to drive me and I felt safe.

Emlyn Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a great drive up to the Arctic Circle and our guide was really friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we didn't see the Northern Lights on our trip but it was still a good experience driving along the Dalton Highway.

Harold K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My interest in this trip was primarily to see the Northern Lights before I'm too old to get there. I booked this tour through Viator and the owner was very helpful in answering my questions as I prepared for the trip. As an old guy, I was concerned about potty breaks along the way. Let me put all at ease, there are facilities park latrines at stops along the way so that I had no problem. Our guide was Mike and he did a wonderful job. Mike shared his experience and knowledge of Alaska in a way that was personal and enlightening. Mike was very conscientious with the driving especially after dark while we were all straining to see if the aurora would show up. When it appeared, Mike found a safe place to pull over and we took all the time we needed to enjoy and photograph this amazing natural phenomenon. I'm glad to say that my wish has been fulfilled. I recommend this tour and I have high praise for the manner in which our tour was conducted. I hope all who take this tour have the good fortune that we did in viewing the Northern Lights.

Alirio V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Awesome experience!
Our tour guide Nikolai was very nice and give us a lot of information during the trip.
He was very careful on the road!

Raymund C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Nicholi was great, stopping whenever possible to see the Aurora !

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