1st Alaska Tours
1st Alaska Tours
4.5
City ToursNature & Wildlife ToursDay Trips
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
1st Alaska Tours is a Fairbanks based touring and sightseeing company that operates year round. Explore the tundra on an Arctic Circle or Arctic Ocean/Prudhoe Bay tour and receive a certificate to commemorate your journey. Relax in the famous Chena Hot Springs or take a Fairbanks City Tour to learn about the Golden Heart City. Enjoy the Northern Lights on one of our many Aurora Viewing Tours.Dog Mushing is the Alaskan State sport and is incredibly fun. Visit our Iditarod racing Dog Musher, Sven Haltmann of Arctic Winter Adventures, for a 1 hour Dog Sledding/Dog Mushing highlight. Summer or winter, we have an Alaskan adventure for everyone! We speak English, Mandarin & German.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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mhlore615
Raleigh, NC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We used the shuttle service of 1st Alaska Tours to take us between Healy (near Denali) and Fairbanks. Sure, it is a simple service, but they made it seamless and enjoyable. On the way from Fairbanks to Healy, we rode in a charter bus so there was plenty of room to spread out. The guide, Izzy, provided us with some helpful wildlife safety information. On the way from Healy to Fairbanks, we rode in a 15 passenger van with 4 other people. Our driver and guide, Terri, was a wealth of local knowledge and shared all kinds of information with us during the trek. We also stopped in Nenana to see the historic train station and learn about the Nenana Ice Classic. If you need prompt, efficient transportation between Denali and Fairbanks, 1st Alaska Tours is the best!
Written August 27, 2021
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Barbara M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
There are several companies that offer the Arctic Circle Tour, but by far, 1st Alaska is the best. I picked them based on a review I read and that review was right in every aspect. The Tour Guide who primarily does the Arctic Circle Tour is Josh. He is an outdoorsman who lives off grid on a mountaintop and has all the survival and mechanical skills to survive in a tough environment that Alaska can often times be. This tour takes you out into the wilds of Alaska on the ice road that is the Dalton Highway. You will see the pipeline, incredible vistas, the ice forest, the Yukon River(which we walked on) and hopefully the aurora. Josh provided us a lot of info on all that we saw, but more importantly, he never rushed us from one place to the next. he allowed us to take as many pictures as we wanted before moving on. This became real important as when we got to the Arctic Circle sign, the Aurora made an appearance and Josh was helping all of us with our camera settings. While there, other tours showed up, stayed 10 minutes and left. Josh broke out the hot chocolate and only after we were sufficiently frozen and had gotten all of our pictures, did we leave. Josh kept scanning the sky and stopped 2 more times when the aurora got stronger and started dancing. Again, he gave us all the time in the world to get our pictures. We ended up getting back to our resort at 5:30am instead of 3am but Josh made this tour into something very special that I will never forget.
Written February 28, 2022
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hobolinda
Torrance, CA160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We had to cancel our trip last year due to Covid. Last year we were unable to book accommodations at Chena Hot Springs. So we had signed up for this excursion to take us up there. This year we were able to book 2 nights at Chena Hot Springs. However, we still had this non-refundable excursion that carried over to 2021. So we had 1st Alaska pick us up in Fairbanks on Wednesday and take us back to Fairbanks after midnight. The next two nights we stayed at Chena Hot Springs so we drove ourselves up there by rent a car. It seemed like it was a waste to pay for an excursion when we were going up there ourselves, but that turned out not to be the case. Joe is a Fairbanks native, so we felt perfectly comfortable driving in heavy snow with him.

He gave us tips on driving the road up there, which was very very helpful. On top of that, he regaled us with many stories and was very personable, accommodating, and likable. After the ice museum and dinner, we invited him to join us so he could share more stories with us. He showed us his pictures and let us feel the fur of a few animal pelts. We very much appreciated the homemade mini moose burgers that his wife had prepared for our group. We did not expect dinner to be around 8 PM. The delicious burgers tided us over! He told us how to keep our eyes out for moose. We did not see any on the trip up. We spotted a mom and calf the next day because we knew what to look for! This is well worth the money. If possible, ask for Joe as your guide!
Written April 6, 2021
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May L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is our 1st Alaskan tour and I know we will enjoy dog sledding. And truly it was an amazing experience. We were picked up by our Ryan and he humbly shared with us his knowledge in Fairbanks/ Yukon and a lot more. We got into our dog sledding area on time, met our mushers and got some time to play with our dog sledding. The experience was a great one. Our musher great fully answered our questions while we are on action. Overall you got to try this tour with 1st Alaska Tour team! Highly recommended.
Written March 25, 2023
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Marco Wan
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Ryan is the guide for our night at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. He was highly professional and considerate of every guest and always making sure our needs are met and questions are answered. Way to go and highly recommended
Written December 28, 2022
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Linda J
St. Petersburg, United States6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Beginning with Jeff who picked us up from our hotel and took us to a Yurt where we watched them pick out the dogs and hitch them up for our wiild ride through the woods. It was very very cold for us Floridians, but the experience was worth it. Then we returned to the yurt where a salmon dinner was waiting for us while we waited on the aurora. It did not disappoint us at all. This was a bucket list event. Don't miss this one. Kudos to the entire staff who made it extra special.
Written March 20, 2023
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Jean L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
The last trip of our 15 day land/sea Alaska Adventure was to Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights. Our guide, Joe of 1st Alaska Tours, was wonderful. We all met up at the hotel and were driven out of the city to a Yurt, with heat, windows, snacks, hot/cold drinks, all the amenities, to await the arrival of glorious skies! In addition, they provided the services of an Idarod musher who spoke about his dogs - breeds, diet, exercise, training, etc. It was both entertaining and informative. Sadly, as the night went on, not only did it rain but, with the assistance of technology, we found out that there were no lights that night anyway! Joe and the other helpers did their best to keep our hopes and spirits up but when it was confirmed there would be no sighting that night, they drove us all back. The group was great! Not their fault there were none to be seen.
Written November 10, 2022
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Sandeep K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Our tour guide, Joshua was excellent. He had such a positive attitude, amazing energy and a lot of cool stories filled with facts and figures. We did not get to see the Northern Lights that night but still I loved the trip and the whole experience. We had seen the Northern Lights on previous two nights with two different companies but this experience, the facility and truly the guide, Joshua, the whole package was far better than the other two. We were able to watch some really beautiful night sky filled with stars, even saw the Andromeda Galaxy with naked eyes. Definitely recommend it.
Written December 26, 2022
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FloridasTravelers
Miramar Beach, FL35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
After reading several reviews on 1st Alaska Tours, we were hoping for a good tour and guide. Boy, were we ever surprised with what we experienced on our journey to the Artic Circle! Our expectations were more than met and were exceeded in a most favorable, and memorable fashion! Our guide, Linus, lives off the grid and truly lives on and becomes one with the Alaska land he respects and treasures! Like his name’s sake, Linus was thoughtful, respectful, and delightfully hopeful. We would add resourceful and congenial. We enjoyed the many sights and stops along the way to from the Circle. In lieu of the finding of the "Great Pumpkin" he knew we would see the Northern Lights. He was right! We did see them multiple times back to Fairbanks. His stories, and firsthand knowledge truly made the long journey pleasant and the top of the list of our happy memories of our 2 weeks in Alaska! THANKS 1st Alaska Tours and Linus!
Written October 4, 2022
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lajonna b
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We had such a wonderful experience on the Artic Circle and Northern lights tour. We had Ryan as our tour guide he was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area he was taking us. He seemed to truly enjoy the experience with us. He was a very good driver and always made us feel safe. It really was a trip of a lifetime and if you get the opportunity to go, then I highly recommend 1st Alaska Tours and Ryan as your tour guide.
Written March 8, 2023
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