- 14 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Travel along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this memorable 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 reach 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 8 to 9 people, 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.
- 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
- pick up outside the city limits
- no gluten free or vegan meal option available. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch and snacks.
- cold weather gear
Traveler pickup is offered
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, Fairbanks, Alaska
We begin our 14-hour long journey to the Arctic Circle with a convenient pick up at any hotel or address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. Settle into your seat and relax on the 200 mile (322 km) journey down the back roads of Interior Alaska. We provide free snacks and drinks to ensure your utmost comfort in our climate-controlled vans.
Take a trip back in time as you travel down the Dalton Highway. Featured on the TV show Ice Road Truckers, the Dalton Highway (technically Alaska Route 11) runs north-south through Alaska, nearly all the way to the Arctic Ocean, and parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. It’s one of the most isolated roads in the United States and provides some beautiful Alaskan scenery for you to enjoy during the ride.
With sweeping views of mountains and valleys, you will see the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the largest pipeline systems, transporting thousands of gallons of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, up close.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Dalton Highway Sign
The Dalton Highway Welcome Sign
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Hilltop Restaurant & Marketplace
Stop at Hilltop Restaurant & Marketplace. You can purchase extra drinks, snacks and food there but please order it for takeout.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: YUKON RIVER CAMP
Enjoy the journey across the Yukon River, as you catch a glimpse of the wildlife that inhabits Sub-Arctic Alaska. With sweeping views of mountains and valleys, you will also see the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the largest pipeline systems, transporting thousands of gallons of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. You'll have the chance to get out for quick photos. Then a bit further down the road, stop for another photo op at Finger Mountain, where views of the alpine tundra await.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Arctic Circle Sign
Upon reaching the Arctic Circle, one of the five markers of latitude, (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator and Antarctic Circle), at which the sun never rises during winter solstice and never sets during summer solstice, you will be met with a glorious site.
Hop out and stretch your legs, take a short walk and and learn some interesting facts about the cultures of the Indigenous people whom have inhabited this remote area for more than 9.000 years.
Your guide will set out free sandwiches, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for you to sip while you take in your surroundings. At this point, it'll be about two to three hours before midnight — start watching for the Northern Lights, which hopefully Mother Nature won’t keep to herself on the night of your tour. If they appear, your driver will pull over at a few different locations, so you have plenty of time to snap photos and stare up in wonder at this natural phenomenon. (No guarantee) Your guide can explain what causes this mystifying and incredible atmospheric event.
• We hope you understand that we cannot guarantee a natural phenomena like the Northern Lights or a clear sky. Therefore we are not able to give out refunds in case of the non occurrence of the Aurora or a cloud covered sky Then hop back in your tour vehicle to start the return journey to Fairbanks. Free unlimited beverages and other snacks are provided. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours of the next day.
Duration: 1 hour
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers. Please no small children!
- 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 8 to 9 people for each Van. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple Van's will be used in this case.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- It is mandatory for every customer to rotate seats at least a few times on this tour.
- 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 24 travelers
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
I usually don't do the group tour thing, but I highly recommend this tour. The price was fairly good for 2 adults compared to the cost of a vehicle rental you are able to drive on the Dalton Highway (with limited mileage). We had a total of 4 people on our tour and didn't spend too much time in any one location, so it moved fast enough to keep my interest. :)
Our guide, Dave, picked us up on time in his tour van. The van was roomy and had large windows for viewing the scenery and wildlife. Dave was very knowledgeable about Alaska and the Dalton Highway. He was a very safe driver, even on the ice and with large trucks zipping past us. He had answers for all of our questions.
Our tour stopped plenty of times to allow us to stretch our legs and take pictures. One of my favorite stops was the Yukon River Camp. The girls that work there are so nice. They let us use their sleds so we could sled down the hill onto the Yukon River, which was quite an experience. They had a cute little "Arctic Circle/Dalton Highway" pin I picked up there for my collection.
The packed lunch they provided was pretty tasty. The sandwich was good, I just wish it didn't come with mayo. All the food was easy to eat in the van and filled me up for the duration of the tour.
The Arctic Circle sign was the highlight of the tour. We tried to get as many creative pictures as we could there (it did take hours and hours to get here after all). It was a bit nippy out and another tour bus was there, but we didn't have to wait long to have the place to ourselves.
On the way back to the city, we tried to chase the northern lights. But, unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. There wasn't a star in the sky. Dave tried his hardest by looking for openings in the clouds and stopping at many viewpoints on the way back to the city, but we just weren't lucky enough to see them.
We didn't see much wildlife on this trip - it's like they were on vacation or something. The only animal we caught a quick peek of was a lynx.
We got back to the city around 3am, making it about a 13 hour tour. Overall, the tour was fun and kept my interest and the guide was great. I'll admit, I did fall asleep in the van a few times on the way back, but I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to cross the Arctic Circle. I don't think I'd take smaller children on this tour just because of the length of the tour, but I know I plan to check out Alaska Guide Wildlife Tours again when I return.
Ricky is the best! He made sure everyone was comfortable. Very informative and funny! Long drive but Rucky made it easy for us.
He really tried to look for the Northern Lights. We didnt see it but overall, it was a great trip. Love the Yukon River Camp!!
What a long trip! They picked us around 1:20pm that day, then we back to hotel around 5:30am in the morning. Even it was a long trip, it's worth to have an Arctic Circle experience. We explored beautiful attractions on the way to the Arctic Circle, and we chased northern light on the way back. Ricky is awesome, he's humor and REALLY talkative. You won't feel bored along the road!
Our tour guide name Mike. He is really fun and love Alaska. He had enough knowledge to tell about Alaska. He is a good driver. Dalton Highway is a definitely dangerous highway, you wont want to drive if you don't know how. Mike knew what he was doing. On our way, he will stop and park on the side way for us to watch the wile animals if we saw some. On our way back, he was looking the northern lights for us. It really helpful especially for us, since we did not know what should be expected for at the very first day. The trip is kinda pricey, but you wont't regret to hire some to take you at all. It actually the best decision we made for our trip.
How can you go to Fairbanks and not take a drive up to the Arctic Circle? You can't! Or at least, you shouldn't. The northern lights don't always cooperate but the particular winter beauty and desolation of the road out of Fairbanks and the Dalton Highway along the pipeline, along with artisan Dorothy and her cabin on the Yukon River shore yes!, and the photo ops duh make this tour a must. Our guide's name escapes me, but he was a refugee from New Jersey, Michigan, and Los Angeles who lives for fishing, quotes Robert Service, and makes extra money driving first-time, only-time visitors up to the Arctic Circle and back - quintessential Alaska.
The tour was long, but thanks to Ricky’s (the guide) humor and talkativeness, I didn’t feel bored and tired at all. Ricky had so many secret and beautiful places for us to enjoy the auroras, and I had a great time to travel with him.
Awesome trip and great guide with interesting stories- even saw the lights!
Great driver/guide - Dave made it so interesting. The time flew by.
Wonderful tour...be prepared for a rough ride...and long night. But you can say...I've been to the Artic Circle! Didn't get to see the lights : But Mother Nature is fickle! ha!
This was one of THE BEST TOURS I HAVE EVER BEEN ON!!!!! Our guide Jeff was incredible and the lights were AMAZING!!! One of the best trips / nights of my life. GO! GO NOW!
this was a great day the round trip is 400 hundred miles amazing scenery lots of snow at the artic circle jeff the driver was great, very knoledgeable went on the dalton highway made famous by the ice road truckers program the only blemish on this trip it was to overcast at night and did not see the norther lights,
Our tour guide Dave was awesome!!! He took care of everybody in the group and being really responsible to make sure we had fun. He stopped a bunch times on the way back to the hotel just to make sure we could see the aurora in a good view. very very nice person.
This was a great tour. I thought that a 14 hour tour would be exhausting but the driver was very informative.would do it all over again. And we did see the Arouca twice that night thanks again
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.