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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.
Renee is a super nice a knowledgeable guy!!! And we did see lot of aurora that night!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our tour guide Nikolai was very nice and give us a lot of information during the trip.
He was very careful on the road!
Nicholi was great, stopping whenever possible to see the Aurora !
Great tour!!! I was originally going to take the fly in tour but I'm glad I didn't. Great views and the Aurora even played ball for us. I highly recommend it!
Nikolai was an excellent guide. He was professional, knowledgeable, and placed safety first. He educated our small group about so many aspects of Alaskan life that I had not known or expected.
It was an incredible experience. Visiting the Arctic circle was amazing (and very very cold!).
Unfortunately Mother Nature didn't play ball and we didn't see the northern lights but it was still a really good experience.
Our guide was very informative and answered all my questions!
Although we didn't see the northern lights, Jeff was and awesome guide/driver. He tried from every vantage point to see the lights, but they just weren't cooperating. The only down side to the tour was the windows in the van kept icing over. There surely has to be some kind of de-icer or something to prevent this or to deal with this during the drive. Sitting in the back of a van for 12 hours and not being able to see out, is not fun.
It was a great trip. We really enjoyed it. The only fault was it was so long! The drive really knew all about the area from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle.
Rainer and Ted from Alaska Wildlife did an excellent explaining the background history and essential information relating to the aurora and life in Alaska. They were friendly and engaged us in conversation throughout the 14 hour trip. As the night had heavy snow fall and the sky was overcast, they tried their best to be on the look out for aurora which we were hoping to see. We finally had a sighting by the Yukon river.
The trip was disappointing due to a number of factors. The driver was new and didn't talk most of the trip. He gave some history of the area but most of the discussion was him answering questions posed to him. The trip was long and there wasn't much to see. We saw two snow rabbits and a white rodent. The certificate for arriving at the arctic circle was given to us by the driver. The area was cloudy so we did not see any Northern Lights. We were disappointed.
I am sorry that it took me so long to write this review, but after looking at other excursions for future trips, I realize that customer reviews influence my choice of tour. This tour was certainly not worth the amount of money that we spent. There was nothing to be done about the overcast skies and rain that was not our tour guide's fault. But the long ride was filled with conersation between our dirver and another passenger in the front seat about politics, religion, and other topics not related to Alaska at all. He made few commentaries about the local scenery, the Alaskan pipeline, or anything about Alaska in general. We had visitors from Japan who spoke very little English but there were also their son and his wife, who were very fluent and could have translated. We did, however, hear a lot about his sled dogs, how he was doing this job touring visitors just to be able to care for his dogs, and how other Americans are not like we Alaskans and that Alaska is not part of the US. Those of us in back had our own short conversations, but couldn't really discuss Alaska, since we didn't know that much about the state. We were offered a sack meal with squished sandwiches, a bag of nuts, cookies, and 1 bottle of water. We could purchase more when we made our stops. I slept most of the way back due to lack of conversation. After reading other reviews of this tour, I had expected so much more for the money that we paid. I believe it would have been worth it despite the weather with a different tour guide. I realize that this is very long. Please edit away.
Again, worse trip ever. Ten people in nine passenger van, driver sick and coughing the whole time, flat tire, totally misrepresentation and I have written this before with no results. Quit asking.
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