- 12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Journey to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks for a first-hand experience of the Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude in one of our climate-controlled vans. Here, in the summer and winter, the sky is completely dark or light for 24 hours a day! Travel along the famous Dalton Highway and spot wildlife (no guarantee) as you cross the Yukon River. When you arrive, learn about the area’s indigenous culture, take a walk with your guide, snap photos of the arctic landscape, and enjoy a free delicious warm stew amidst the incredible surroundings. You’ll take home an official Arctic Circle certificate to commemorate this amazing Alaska experience.
Make sure to dress weather appropriate and we recommend to wear some sturdy shoes to be able enjoy this trip.
- Local guide
- Transport by van
- Free homemade stew, sandwich, snacks, and beverages. (vegetarian option available upon request)
- Official personalized Arctic Circle Certificate
- Hotel pickup and drop-off within the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole (Any address is possible, as long as it is in the city limits)
- 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.
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up will occur between 7 am and 8 am, depending on the hotel location. Please contact us around 20 hours before tour start to figure out your exact pick up time.
We can pick you up at any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you are staying at alaska-wildlife-cabins-and-hostel, no pick up is necessary and you can hop right into our tour vans.
If you are staying outside the city limits, we are able to meet you at the local Walmart parking lot for pick up.
Returns to original departure point
Monday through Saturday
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, 1671 Steese Highway, Fairbanks, AK 99712
We begin our journey with a convenient pickup at your hotel/address
inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. We will schedule your pick up time between 7 am and 8 am for you, depending on the location of the hotels.
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 on the road to ensure your utmost comfort in our climate-controlled vans.
Take a trip back in time as you travel down the Dalton Highway. 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.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Hilltop Restaurant & Marketplace, 3711 Elliott Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99712, USA
Stop at the Hilltop Restaurant & Marketplace where you can find the best Pies in this area. No matter if you like to have an extra treat, some Alaskan gifts for the family back home or if you are only interested in using one of the last Restrooms with running water, you are welcome to do any of it during this stop.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: YUKON RIVER CAMP, Dalton Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99706, USA
Stop at the Yukon River Camp and visit the mighty Yukon River. This is your last chance to visit a Restroom with running water (there will be many more stops at outhouses along the road). You will also have a chance to buy some more snacks or visit a one of a kind store with handmade gifts and fur items. Something you will not find at any other tourist store around town.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Finger Mountain, Dalton Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA
Enjoy the beautiful area of Finger Mountain and take a walk around the short hiking path. This is just one more opportunity of many for some amazing pictures.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: BLM Arctic Circle Monument Sign, MP 115.5 Elliott Highway, Fairbanks, AK
Upon reaching the Arctic Circle, one of the five markers of latitude (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator & Antarctic Circle) you will be met with a glorious site.The weather in this region can range from extreme cold in the winter months (September to May) to temperate heat, as high as 90 * Fahrenheit (32 * Celsius) in the summer months. (May to end of August).
Hop out and stretch your legs, take a walk and capture photos of this unique location. Enjoy a delicious free hot lunch (Beef
Stew and a Sandwich. Vegetarian option is available upon request) provided by our guides while soaking up the remote surroundings and learning about the history and geology of this very special area. You'll learn interesting facts about the cultures of the Indigenous people, whom have inhabited this remote area for more than 9.000 years.
After around 1 hour of sightseeing, enjoy flipping through your photos with your official Arctic Circle Certificate in hand. Sit back and enjoy the journey back to Fairbanks on this one of a kind trip.
With your camera filled with photos and an official Arctic Circle certificate in hand to show off to your friends and family back home, relax on the drive back to Fairbanks.
This small-group tour is limited to 8 to 9 people, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Duration: 1 hour
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
- Please dress appropriately. During the winter months, temperatures are usually very low, so please dress in layers and wear warm winter clothing. During the summer month it could get very warm and rain might be always possible. We recommend to bring sturdy shoes and a rain/weather jacket.
- The weather conditions are in no way predictable in our area and we will not offer a refund in case of too many clouds.
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
- Please no small children under 5.
- 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: 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.
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- 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
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Went up the Dalton Highway to the arctic circle. Road very bumpy but well worth the time. If you love roller coasters sit in the back. Small van, holding 7 of us. A lot better than big bus. Take a picture of van when you leave, then again at arctic circle. Did not see animals but that is not why I went.
This trip was totally enjoyable. It was a long day but will worth it. I'd love to do it again if I have the chance.
Had a wonderful time. Guide Dave did a great job and very knowledgeable. Would do it again and recommend it to others.
Right up front if you expect smooth roads all the way to the circle you'll be disappointed, but I've travelled on roads far worse. Having said that this was a great experience and an unforgettable journey. You'll gain an appreciation for how vast Alaska really is. Clark was an awesome driver and a top bloke as well, great knowledge and great stories. Getting to the Cicle and then having lunch and refreshments was a nice feature and the well placed comfort and photo stops were appreciated. Highly recommend this tour
Rick was a great guide with a fountain of information and stories. The hot weather in the 80s seemed to keep the wildlife hunkered down for shade but we did get to see a huge bull moose grazing in a pond and got to see his enormous size as he came out onto land. Even had that had not happened, seeing this remote part of Alaska and some of the people who live and work up here was a great experience.
My cousin and I took this trip on June 7, 2018 along with another couple. Dave was our tour guide and the trip was fascinating. The roads were not as bad as I had been led to believe. Dave was very informative as to the pipeline and other stops along the way. We saw a lynx as well as eagles. We had all the time we wanted at stops and also was introduced to the Hilltop truck stop and their unbelievable pie. We did buy pie and enjoyed it after our beef stew at the Arctic Circle. We also stopped at various other places, walked down to the Yukon River and observed owls. Dave answered all our questions, took pictures and told us of the life in Fairbanks and the surrounding areas. I'd recommend this trip to anyone.
We thoroughly enjoyed this side trip on our motorcycle ride to Alaska. We weren't sure about riding the nearly 100 miles of gravel, but wanted to see and take pictures with the arctic circle sign. Robert was our tour guide, very knowledgeable about the history and uniqueness of the road and surrounding area. Several rest stops, sandwiches and snacks and a tasty stew at the circle picnic area. We stopped at the Yukon river for a few minutes, the local supply depot and enjoyed everything about this tour until we were delivered back to our hotel. Highly recommended, thanks Robert!
A must do. The tour director was a wreath of information. I would recommend this to any traveler. Looking to visit Fairbanks and go on some of the other available tours.
Awesome to see Alaska in all it's pristine beauty! Robert, our guide, was very informative and had a lot of information about the area.
This was an excellent tour. Despite less than ideal weather, the drive went by quickly with regular stops at interesting photo ops. Our Driver/Guide Tyler first took us to a point along the Pipeline and we begin our day long journey of driving alongside and seeing beautiful views of it zig-zagging up ahead. One last stop at a gas station and we were off towards the Dalton Highway! Along the way, we were provided with a nice snack. We got to stop several times visiting beautiful vistas, the Yukon Bridge and eventually making it to the Arctic Circle. We enjoyed a lovely lunch of stew, coffee and hot chocolate prepared by Tyler at a camping spot right at the sight of the Arctic Circle sign. Then, the trip home with a few more stops and more scenery. Tyler was knowledgeable, didn't make us feel rushed at stops but kept us on schedule. This day was a highlight in my trip to Alaska.
Our guide was the best. Very knowledgeable and great with the history. Wonderful driver and stopped for break. The lunch was a really nice touch. The beef stew was wonderful when we arrived at the Arctic Circle. Would recommend to anyone.
Not only would I recommend this trip, I'd take this trip again. On our way to the Arctic Circle we stopped multiple times along the way to explore points of interest. Our driver made sure we had enough time to look around and take pictures of ourselves and for those others on the trip. Our driver pointed out key geographical features both natural and manmade. Answered a barrage of questions from all of us. Trip included a sandwich snack along the way and a beef stew lunch once we arrived at the Arctic Circle. A nice touch!!!
Be prepared to be gone ALL day. However, it is a tour well worth the time and money. Our guide, David, was very informative and great fun. Lunch of beef stew and sandwiches was delicious. The ride up the Dalton Highway is quite a trip. Be sure and have your picture taken at the sign - it gives you bragging rights. I do greatly recommend this tour.
On July 13, my two sisters ages 89 and 86 and I 73 and our three best friends from home were on a long-planned trip to Alaska. It was our 3rd trip, but our friends 1st. In 2007, my older sister really regretted that we didn't do the air trip to the Arctic Circle. We might have had we planned for it, but we didn't find out we could do it until we were in Fairbanks, and then there just was no time to schedule it. So, for 10 years we have heard that she still wanted to go to the Arctic Circle! While planning this trip, I saw several months in advance that I could book this tour through Viator, so I did it! None of us regretted it! We had a wonderful time. Dave was our driver/guide, and he was great! He kept us entertained and informed along the way. He was so considerate and helpful with the 89 year old who has limited mobility! He was considerate of all of us, but we did this trip for her, and she really had a good time and was able to participate in everything! I'm glad now that we didn't do the air trip in 2007, because we would not have done this van trip, and it was so much better than seeing it all from above. The entire day was wonderful. I would recommend this trip to everyone! Yes, the Dalton Highway is bumpy in places, the restroom facilities are awful, but when it was all over, we looked back and realized that it was all part of the adventure!
The trip was fantastic. Our tour guide, Robert, was so nice and very informative. He did an outstanding job of entertaining us on the long trip. The lunch was great also. Definitely would recommend this tour to everyone.
We had mixed feelings about twelve hours on a bus, but Alaska scenery and our tour guide Dave made this work. The small group was friendly and Dave was attentive to the needs of the group, from disabilities to bathroom breaks. He kept talking with informative background on what we were seeing and kept us in good humor throughout the day.
If you tried to drive this yourself, you would miss the experience, as the road would occupy all your attention.
We got all our questions answered, learned a few good stories and had a great time.
Thanks Dave! Take this tour if you want to see the north country.
We truly enjoyed our trip to the Arctic Circle. The small group of 8 passengers allowed for a lot of individual interaction and our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the sites. The scenery was breathtaking and the numerous stops allowed everyone to explore the Alaskan Wilderness and Dalton Highway. A word to anyone taking this trip, the road is not paved and bumpy, so be prepared. But it is well worth it to express one of the true remote roads in the US.
The tour was very nice. The tour operator, Arctic Wildlife Guide, sent possibly their best person named Dave, who promptly picked us up from the hotel at the appointed time. The first stop was at the Alaska Pipeline outside Fairbanks, AK. Several details about the pipeline were explained. After a couple of other stops to stretch our legs, we finally reached the Arctic Circle location on the picturesque Dalton Highway. I don't know how, but he produced a fabulous meal even keeping our preference for vegetarian food. The stew was very tasty.
Being from New Jersey, the most densely populated state, traveling on the Dalton Highway was a novel experience. Miles and miles of winding, undulating roads with only occasional sights of other vehicles, encounters of snowshoe hares and other small wildlife, unlike the pesky deer on our roads, breath-taking vistas of superb, vast valleys, unending stands of conifers and other green vegetation, the Finger Mountain... I can go on and on.
The Yukon river was another attraction on the way. Watching such a huge river at such a remote location was thrilling. It was one river I could walk down to, and touch the gray and cold water.
Dave answered my numerous questions very patiently, and is an example of a great tour guide with vast knowledge about the terrain, seasons, flora and fauna, APL, other local attractions, and tourist psychology. Hats off, Dave!
All in all, it was a wonderful trip whose cherished memories will be with us for a long time.
We had a fabulous trip to the Arctic Circle!!! I was concerned about being stuck in a van for 12.5 hours. No worries. Our wonderful guide made the trip so interesting that it was over before we knew it. There were plenty of stops along the way, including bathroom facilities. We had a fabulous day with Robert AKA Roberto as our guide. He was very friendly, actively engaged in conversations with everyone, and gave us wonderful information on the Alaskan Pipeline, History in Alaska, dog sledding, and numerous other topics. He was very knowledgeable and made the entire trip interesting. The stew that was served for lunch was delicious!!! Our group of 8 all went back for second helpings. I would highly recommend this tour and Robert as your guide!!!