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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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Travel along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this memorable 12 to 14-hour tour through the Alaskan wilderness. In the company of an experienced guide with a passion for Alaska, journey up the Dalton Highway, passing by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, crossing the Yukon River, and reaching the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the drive back, watch for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Snacks, sandwiches, warm drinks, and hotel transport are included. This tour is limited to 9 guests with our transit vans, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience in one of our climate-controlled vans. Please note that we cannot guarantee the Northern Lights sightings and we can't guarantee last minute bookings. Please also note that it is mandatory for every guest to rotate seats at least a few times on this tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5957ARCLIGHT
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, within city limits of Fairbanks and North Pole
  • free Snacks and water
  • free Sandwiches (vegetarian option available, please advise at time of booking)
  • free unlimited Hot drinks, like coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • personalized Arctic Circle Certificate
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • no gluten free or vegan meal option available. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch and snacks.
  • cold weather gear
Duration
12–14 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • The first pick up occurs at 2:00 pm. Please give us a call 24 to 48 hours before tour to obtain your exact pick-up time. If you are using Alaska-Wildlife-Cabin-and-Hostels as your accommodation, you can hop right into our tour vans. We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you do not see the right option to choose from but you are inside the city limits, please leave the address in the comments. If you are staying outside the city limits, we can meet you at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers. We cannot accept bookings with small children due to possible hazardous weather conditions on the haul road.
  • Please dress appropriately. The temperatures can reach extreme conditions during the winter month and we recommend to dress in layers.
  • Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and therefore cannot be guaranteed! (no refund possible)
  • The weather conditions are in no way predictable in our area and we will not offer a refund in case of too many clouds.
  • Exact schedule and itinerary of stops are subject to change based on daily conditions and Northern Lights activity on the day of your tour.
  • 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.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required. We are not able to provide gluten free or vegan options.
  • Type of transportation: climate controlled van
  • The group size is limited to 9 people for each passenger van. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple vans will be used in this case.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • It is mandatory for every customer to rotate seats at least a few times on this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, within city limits of Fairbanks and North Pole
  • free Snacks and water
  • free Sandwiches (vegetarian option available, please advise at time of booking)
  • free unlimited Hot drinks, like coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • personalized Arctic Circle Certificate
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • no gluten free or vegan meal option available. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch and snacks.
  • cold weather gear
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • The first pick up occurs at 2:00 pm. Please give us a call 24 to 48 hours before tour to obtain your exact pick-up time. If you are using Alaska-Wildlife-Cabin-and-Hostels as your accommodation, you can hop right into our tour vans. We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you do not see the right option to choose from but you are inside the city limits, please leave the address in the comments. If you are staying outside the city limits, we can meet you at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12–14 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers. We cannot accept bookings with small children due to possible hazardous weather conditions on the haul road.
  • Please dress appropriately. The temperatures can reach extreme conditions during the winter month and we recommend to dress in layers.
  • Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and therefore cannot be guaranteed! (no refund possible)
  • The weather conditions are in no way predictable in our area and we will not offer a refund in case of too many clouds.
  • Exact schedule and itinerary of stops are subject to change based on daily conditions and Northern Lights activity on the day of your tour.
  • 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.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required. We are not able to provide gluten free or vegan options.
  • Type of transportation: climate controlled van
  • The group size is limited to 9 people for each passenger van. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple vans will be used in this case.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • It is mandatory for every customer to rotate seats at least a few times on this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Aug 20, 2021
A note from Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
To be in compliance with the CDC and the State of Alaska: Guests are not required to wear face masks, but may if they wish. We also urge you to review the updated Health Advisory Number 2 at https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-advisories/ .
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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ginger1375
Rochester, NY23 contributions
Wildlife, Arctic Circle and Northern Lights
Oct 2021 • Solo
Driving through the Dalton Highway with snow covered trees and mountains was absolutely breathtaking. We were able to catch a sunset, and it was pretty spectacular. At one point, a small herd of Caribou rain along side the road and up the hill.
We arrived at the Arctic Circle six hours into our trip.
The Northern Lights were a little on the disappointing side that night. We sat in the van waiting and waiting. When they finally appeared, they were little streaks of green, not the full sky. But, we did see it!
Written October 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marie
Elmhurst, NY25 contributions
Checked off my bucket list…
Oct 2021
This is about 14 hours trip with my son… but all worth it ! Started with the Alaska Pipeline, Dalton Highway, Yukon River site, the crossing carabous, the Arctic Circle. Jake our “never gave up” tour guide just knew where to take us for a good chance to see Miss Aurora Borealis aka, the Northern Lights. It was snowing and cloudy that day, but miraculously at about 230am, she peeked and came out. Thank God… that was my birthday already and one of my answered prayers. She’s beautiful and you just can’t believe one of the wonders of God creation full force in front of you. My tour group even sang HB to me a little after midnight. What a sweet group!!!
Written October 22, 2021
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Anuj Agrawal
1 contribution
Amazing experience
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very happy with the experience.
Our guide, Jake, was very informative and had good stories to tell about the Alaska life and history.
He also did manage to show us northern lights from a spot even on a cloudy night (when we had lost our hopes of seeing any).
The drive on Dalton highway was also an experience in itself.

Highly recommend this tour!
Written October 17, 2021
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Maggie S
Joliet, IL2 contributions
Unbelievable Journey!
Sep 2021
This was an absolutely amazing trip! Beautiful Fall scenery, legendary Alaska sights (Dalton Highway, Alaska Pipeline) and the fabulous Lady Aurora who made multiple heart-stopping appearances!
I'm not going to say that our tour leader Nate had anything to do with that, but it wouldn't surprise me. He was enjoyable, knowledgeable and very entertaining. He took very good care of us on our journey.
Thank you, Nate, and everyone at Alaska Wildlife Guide tours!
Written October 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cody C
5 contributions
Arctic Circle fun
Sep 2021 • Couples
Nate our tour guide was awesome and made the whole experience fun. We made a few stops along the way to check out the views, the Yukon River and also the pipeline. On the way back we made a stops to check out the northern lights. This trip was a very cool experience.
Written October 4, 2021
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PABernardGbg
Greensburg, PA13 contributions
Unique experience - do it if you have the chance.
Sep 2021
Really excellent trip. Our guide, Nate (ex-US Army) was friendly, knowledgeable, and an extremely positive person. Food and drinks ample and high quality. Stops at pipeline, several viewpoints, Yukon River crossing, and Arctic Circle and on return at various pull-offs where we had great views of the Northern Lights.
Written October 3, 2021
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Deepak
2 contributions
Arctic circle
Oct 2021
Nate was an amazing tour guide, extremely knowledgeable about Alaska. He made the trip fun and exciting. Give the man a raise!!!
Written October 2, 2021
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Lynn Smith
2 contributions
Most excellent trip !!!
Sep 2021
This excursion checked all the boxes for me. I was picked up from my hotel by Jake, the guide. He was on time. We drove through incredible country side in the wilds of Alaska. Jake was completely knowledgeable and has lived in the area all his life. He knew all the right stops to make. He has years of experience driving the Dalton highway. We saw lots of the northern lights and heard great stories that only an experienced tour guide could tell, some of them may have even been true. I would definitely choose Alaska Wildlife Guide again and recommend them highly. One negative is we only saw one porcupine and two owls, but I guess the rest had the night off.
Great adventure to the Artic Circle.
Written October 1, 2021
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Duane D
5 contributions
Mission accomplished!!
Sep 2021
The trip was great....we had two goals: to stand at the Arctic Circle sign and to see Northern Lights. Our driver, Nate, was steadfast in his pursuit of Northern Lights...we had some clouds. It was all about the Aurora shining, no clouds and a safe pull off at the same time. Nate did not disappoint. What I appreciated about the driver was that it was safety first on the way up and back...plenty of fluid adjustment breaks. I'd do it again
Written October 1, 2021
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Francesca K
1 contribution
Great trip to the artic circle and northern lights
Sep 2021 • Couples
Nate was our guide. Great person and full of energy and knowledge. Felt very safe with him on a long drive on gravel roads and narrow highways. He is a very respectful driver. He tended to all of the guests. Helped with cameras and group photos- well done.
Written September 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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What a unique experience …
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A very relaxing and fun day trip around Fairbanks !!!
Clark is very knowledgeable. He explained the history of Alaska and of where he took us. We went to the UA Museum
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Best “friendcation” ever!!!!!!
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Best tour in Fairbanks
This is one of the best tours I have ever taken. Communication from the team was on point from beginning to end. My
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Don’t miss this one
Enjoyed the time immensely, and the help and information from our guide Lexi. A lot of activities were put into thi
marcellomellow
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Worth the cost! Dress warmly!!
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Great customer serivce
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Hot springs and Northern lights
Cloudy skies cleared for a beautiful show! Springs and ice house were fun too! Locker room needs an update. Girls s
GadaboutSeniors2019
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Awesome.
Jumped on this trip just a few hours before it was to leave. We were lucky enough to find two open spots due to a c
DBandDB123
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Fantastic Night
Where to begin is the question. I guess you have to start with the beginning when we were picked up at our hotel.
lesiag7
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Wonderful
Our guide Lexie was on time, safe driver, informative, & helpful..we saw the northern lights!! My phone was to old
Suzi1954
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Very well supervised by professionals like Jake who navigated us throughout the trip
Although it started snowing the minute we landed in Fairbanks and we didn’t see the northern lights, we enjoyed the
762sherril
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Hot Springs
Great tour guide last night! She was very attentive! Enjoyed the snow, as well! A must see and soak!
nataliae833
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Great experience
Amazing aurora borealis sightseeing, the chena hot springs was a unique experience, Jake did a great job, very fun
Selena T
Selena T
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Northern lights and Hot springs
Our guide was not very interactive with the group. We still had a great trip. He took us to several spots to see
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