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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

From $225.00
  • 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
Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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.
What to Expect
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.
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Reviewed April 8, 2018
Gorgeous view, detailed guide ,safe tour, and good service!

The view in arctic circle is gorgeous! Maybe especially for someone from subtropics like me. The tour guiding topics are detailed and broad, ranging from history to natural science. It's not the kind of place I would want to drive by myself though, probably it's...More

1  Thank granasH
Reviewed April 3, 2018
Arctic Circle Tour and Chena Hot Springs Tour

I had such an amazing time with Alaska-Wildlife-Guide that I did two tours with them! The first tour was with Jeff and we went all the way to the arctic circle. The ride was scenic, the pit stops were all worth it and hearing the...More

1  Thank 1traveljoey1
Reviewed March 25, 2018
Superb trip

The day began at 2:00 PM when our guide, Mike, picked us up from our hotel in Fairbanks. From that point on it was a long day, but what an adventure! As we began the long ride up to the Arctic circle via the Dalton...More

2  Thank jcantrell13
Reviewed March 14, 2018
Amazing Arctic Tour

The tour was such an amazing journey to the Arctic Circle. All in all, I would rate it as excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provide loads of interesting facts and more over was very customer orientated.

Thank SanjeevaJayasinghe
Reviewed March 1, 2018
Great Acrtic Circle Tour, Northern Lights did not cooperate

It was a very long drive, starting at 3:00pm and end at 05:00am, but with our guide, Ricky, the trip didn't feel boring at all. Ricky was extremely knowledgeable, he explained how the pipeline work, how to find the Northern lights, how the permafrost affect...More

Thank Larsi94
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