- 14 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
On this full-day trip from Fairbanks, you'll acquire plenty of bragging rights for friends back home as you cross the Arctic Circle and (hopefully) see the Northern Lights. Take in the landscape of Alaska's unspoiled wilderness while enjoying comfortable transport and narration from a guide. A light meal and hotel transport are included.
- Small-group tour
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Snacks and Beverages included
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Sandwich and sweets
- Hot drink
- Live commentary on board
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (at most hotels)
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Returns to original departure point
November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Feburary 1, 2016-April 10, 2016: Daily with a reservation
After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, your day trip begins as you head to the Arctic Circle, where explorers have been venturing for centuries, drawn by the power of planet Earth. Stop to take pictures and receive a 'Cross the Circle!' certificate when you get there.
Continue past the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world's largest pipelines, stretching more than 800 miles (1,287 km) across Alaska. Learn about the incredible engineering of this crude oil pipeline and the building process of this epic land-crawling beast, and judge for yourself its impact on the landscape around it.
Next, head to the mighty Yukon River to take a walk along the riverbank and gaze at the scenic landscape. Then it's up to the high plateau of Finger Mountain, where you have a chance to see wildlife such as moose, foxes, bears, and perhaps even a mysterious lynx, if you're lucky. Up on the mountain, enjoy some sandwiches, sweets, and hot drinks.
Then travel back toward Fairbanks at night, hoping for a sighting of Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere, the result of which is an otherworldly display of light.
Your tour ends when you arrive back in Fairbanks at dawn.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Vegetarian option is available; please advise at time of booking if required
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Please dress for varying weather conditions
- Please note the Aurora is a natural occurrence. We can NEVER guarantee that guests will see the Aurora.
- 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.
This was an excellent trip! Our guide Jim was informative and he had a lot of stories and experiences he shared with our group. He was also very optimistic! We went on a day that was cloudy and rainy. As we left the Arctic Circle and headed back towards the Yukon River, the skies did not look good for Aurora viewing, but Jim kept telling us we just need to look for a break in the clouds! We did and we saw the Aurora! We had many bathroom breaks and he was willing to stop along the Dalton Highway (as long as it was safe) if we wanted to take pictures of something. I would definitely take this tour again in the future if I am ever in the area!
The road trip was rather long but very educational. Gary, our tour guide had a lot of stories to keep up preoccupied on the long drive. It was an experience of a lifetime though.
The tour was awesome, our tour guide made all the difference. Even with a blizzard happening along the trip, he made us feel secure. Very knowledgable. We waited for the northern lights but alas, nature was not cooperative this day. It haa been only a level 2 aurora for the whole week.
Tour was very good and our Guide / Drive was very good and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, we couldn't see the northern lights but still enjoyed the tour.
This was memorable trip and one of the biggest highlights of our 9 day Alaska Trip. The credit largely goes our tour guide Kailob.
Kailob has a lot of experience and knowledge about wildlife, vegetation, native ways of living and life in Alaska. He showed us some extra scenic spots on the way not part of the tour and also showed how to pick cranberries and blueberries and use leaves to make natural flavored tea. He did this out of his own interest.
We did spot a black bear with cubs, bald eagle, as well as other wildlife on our way.
The drive up to the Arctic Circle and back was arduous and dreary during winter time. Getting a sneek peak of Aurora at the 8th hour was rewarding though. Having Aurora blanket the sky above us to entertain us with her graceful pirouettes at the 10th hour was just magical!
This trip was cancelled by the vendor on the night before, but I'm providing 4 stars, nonetheless. Communication was timely, and the reason was -50 degree temps, which made the original tour unsafe. They offered, instead, a lower-priced and local 'Northern Lights Lodge Viewing in Fairbanks' trip, which provided a safer, and at least an enjoyable alternative experience. I was disappointed not to be able to go to the Arctic Circle, but I understand why. The other trip is on Viator, too, and I'll review it there.
Our Tour Guide, Randy was very good. However, there were a couple of things I was very unhappy about regarding this trip. We were seated in the back of the van. It was difficult getting in and out at each stop. Also, we could see NOTHING!!!! I understand this is Alaska, in the Winter. However, if this company is going to provide tour services, they should find a way to keep windows defrosted. If we are paying that much money, we should be able to see out the windows. They were totally iced over on the inside our entire trip! We were given one ice scraper and paper towels for everyone in the van to use, but as soon as you scraped the inside of the window, it iced over again. The entire trip we could see absolutely nothing out the windows. Also, the Yukon River was a draw for us in selecting this tour. However, by the time you get there it is completely dark. We did stop at a trading post nearby, but unless you want to take a long hike in extremely cold temperatures, you can not see the river. This was a huge disappointment! Understandably you are not allowed to stop or walk on the bridge crossing the river and as our windows were iced over, we once again saw nothing. The sound system in the van was also terrible. With the van hitting the very bumpy road we couldn't hear Randy most of the time, even though he was holding the speaker against his mouth and talking loudly. Randy was very knowledgeable and helpful. He gave us lots of details at stops, was willing to remain at stops as long as anyone wanted and offered to take as many pictures as anyone wanted. Overall though, I was disappointed in this trip.
The trip was very long and boring. 14 hours of driving to spend 15 minutes at the Arctic Circle sign, and we haven't even seen the northern lights. Disappointing.
A very long trip. Nice to have done this once but I don't think I would do it again. The stop in the Artic Circle was short. It probably just took 5 minutes.
Our guide was very informative but could barely hear him at the back during the drive up and down. He drove safely though. Food and water were provided, and there were enough restroom stops.
The highlight of our trip is seeing the northern lights! Yay!
Least engaging tour we've ever experienced. Tour guide did not make an effort to introduce anything related to Alaska or the Arctic Circle during the trip. Food was cheap and insufficient. Only one planned stop during the entire event. Would've missed the Northern Lights if we did not insist on staying at a specific location. Tour is absolutely a scam at this price.
It was a good trip. The trade off on the trip is that the drive is much less fun couldn't see the Yukon River, just the bridge because it's dark so early, but that's necessary to be able to see the lights. As always, liked some people in the van more than others, but the small group did make it much more informative. Driver was nice and pleasant, but waded into politics and topics he was less familiar about a bit too much--not a problem, just an observation.
We had an excellent trip with our guide Rick, who was super knowledgeable about everything Alaska related. It was a great way to end our two weeks in Alaska!
The trip driver was very good, smooth driving. He showed us the pipel9ne, the Yukon river and Arctic cirle and told us many interesting things about the history and people. We drove to the Arctic circle and back. Unfortunately it was pouring so the northern lights weren't visible, which was my main reason for going. Beyond the driver's control.
Awesome experience. We loved the whole trip. Our guide, Randy, is one of the most impressive person I have ever met. He is extremely knowledgable, kind, and down-to-earth. We saw the aurora on our way back from Arctic circle. Highly recommended!
Incredibly long trip, and on a very bumpy and rough road. however, fantastic experience and we spotted the northern lights too! win.
What a great experience!
Ricky, our driver and guide was knowledgeable, polite and enthusiastic. The scenery was breathtaking and very luckily, we got to see the northern lights dance across the sky from an amazing viewing point along the Dalton highway. Many thanks!