ARCTIC CIRCLE TOUR
Enjoy the Alaskan adventure of a lifetime with our Arctic Circle Summer Tour. Taking you right up to the edge of the world along the famed Dalton Highway, our tour will show you the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Yukon River, and the majestic beauty of the Alaskan north on a convenient, safe, and fun tour.
Your journey begins when our tour van picks you up from your hotel in Fairbanks. After stopping at a local grocery store to allow you to purchase a day’s worth of food and water, you’re off along the Dalton Highway, one of the most famous highways in Alaska, connecting Fairbanks with the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay.
Our Arctic Circle Summer Tour will take you 400 miles across Alaska’s north, offering plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, picture-taking, and wildlife watching. You’ll get to cross the Yukon River, gaze at Finger Mountain, and witness plenty of moose along the occasional bear. The tour ends at the Arctic Circle Sign, where you’ll be presented with a commemorative Arctic Circle Certificate before we return to Fairbanks.
The Arctic Circle Summer Tour makes five scheduled stops along the way:
A popular hypermarket chain in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase all the food you need for the day’s journey.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is one of the world’s longest, carrying crude oil along an 800-mile journey from Prudhoe Bay in the north of Alaska to Valdez, where it is shipped out to the world.
Yukon River Bridge
The E. L. Patton Yukon River Bridge is one of the largest bridges in Alaska, offering a scenic view of one of its most important rivers. Originally constructed as part of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, it is the only bridge crossing the Yukon River in Alaska.
Also known as Finger Hill, the unusual granite shape of Finger Mountain has made it a curiosity for travelers in this part of Alaska for decades.
Arctic Circle Monument
Located at the very end of the Dalton Highway, this sign marks the official beginning of the Arctic Circle, the northernmost region of the globe. When you reach the Arctic Circle Monument, you’ll be presented with your very own certificate commemorating your journey to one of the most remote and dangerous regions of the world.
Please note that food and drink are not included as part of the tour. As mentioned above, Airlink will take guests to a local supermarket so they can purchase a day’s worth of food on the journey. Smoking is forbidden within the airlink vans; guests will have the opportunity to smoke at the numerous sightseeing stops.
Guests should dress comfortably and also for adverse weather conditions due to the fact that they will be leaving the van frequently for sightseeing. Due to the great distance covered by the tour and the extreme nature of the Alaskan climate, weather conditions can change rapidly, so please bring a rain coat as well as quality walking shoes.
- 7 a.m. departure from Fairbanks
- Visit the official Trans-Alaska Pipeline Visitors Center and take photos standing under these 800 mile long behemoth.
- Cross the mighty Yukon River north of Fairbanks. This is the only bridge crossing the Yukon in the United States.
- Finger Mountain Hike — Take a short walk to a naturally occurring tor known as Finger Mountain. You are now just a few miles away from the Arctic Circle and above the tree line.
- Arctic Circle Signpost — Take a picture with your group or your guide in front on the sign and receive your official Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate!
- 9 p.m. arrival back at your accommodation in Fairbanks.
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Wow - Alaska is massive. We stopped frequently to take pictures. We saw the pipeline, the Yukon River, taiga forest, and the Arctic Circle. We recommend this tour to anyone visiting Fairbanks. Our local guide Jeff was knowledgable and answered all of our questions about local history and the animals we saw along the way.
I had the opportunity to take the tour to the Arctic Circle this year with Airlink. The price is very convenient and the service is excellent! I travelled with some friends. The driver (Betty) picked us up on time and we had a great time as she is very skilled.. really important when driving on icy roads in the Arctic..
She took the time to provide several information on every attraction we had on the way.
The trip takes 12 hours in total and they do offer the same view points as any other company in town.
I recommend Airlink because they took our reservation weeks in advance, responded to our emails promptly, had schedule flexibility for pick up time, and were able to pick up from the hotel.. which is not common as many companies offer the tour but have predefined pick up points. Besides, the experience is very interesting as you have the feeling the tour was pretty much for us only and not for 50 people on a bus. If you decide to visit Fairbanks, you might want to ask for Betty.