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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

From US$ 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
From US$ 225.00
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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
From US$ 225.00
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.
Reviews (64)
1 - 5 of 26 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Magic filled atmosphere!

This was a beautiful tour and had such a fun time enjoying it. Our tour guide, Susie, was absolutely fantastic and fun to have; would not have traded for any other tour guide even if possible! Tour was worth the money!

1  Thank baudinetp01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Expect the unexpected

We were hoping to catch the northern lights but we got more than what we expected. Our guide was a very skilled driver on the treacherous road to arctic circle and always sharing about Alaska, keeping a look out for wildlife and stop by beautiful...More

2  Thank squirrelflies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Didnt see the light but loved our tour guide

I can't give it a bad review just because I didn't see the northern light. The weather wasn't great but I think the experience was memorable, thanks to our wonderful tour guide, DAVE!!! I loved every story he shared about Alaska and the jokes he...More

2  Thank Felicity F
Reviewed 7 October 2018
Long Way to go for a Sign and Certificate

I found this tour challenging more than enjoyable because it was such a long way to go, with little else to see along the way and at the destination. Our guide Ken made it as fun and informative as possible, stopping to see the oil...More

Thank mmmaricel
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello from North Pole, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Unfortunately, this tour is just this long and there is nothing we can change about this. You can see at the time of booking that this tour will take around...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile
Amazing Experience Despite Low Northern Lights Activity

Our tour started at around 2:30pm & we arrived back 5am the next morning. Dave was an amazing tour guide & was very knowledgeable about the Alaska pipeline & the journey to the Arctic Circle. He was very accommodating & allowed for ample time to...More

1  Thank Francis R
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Francis, thank you so much for leaving us such a great review. We and of course Dave, really appreciate it very much. We all can understand the disappointment and Dave tried really hard on the whole way back to "catch" the lights and I...More

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5 September 2018|
Response from Charmagne C |
Hi Jitu, you can also check the forecast from online (university of alaska forecast) and it says there that November 3 has a high chance of seeing the aurora.
Albert l
11 June 2018|
Response from aynihealingoasis |
I have been here 4 days in Fairbanks October 3rd 2018 and I have seen northern lights twice already. Tonight is supposed to be spectacular... if you follow by the new moon phase from the late August to early April you will... More
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