Welcome to Dalton Highway

One of only two roads to cross the Arctic Circle in North America and reaching a latitude of 70° north, 2° higher than Canada's Dempster Hwy, the Dalton can rightly claim its mantle as a truly epic drive. Also known as Haul Rd, the punishing truck route cuts 414 miles from Alaska’s Interior to the North Slope, paralleling the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to its source at the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. Along the way you can... Read More

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$200 Day Trips & Excursions

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel in the early morning, settle into your seat and relax on the 200-mile (322-km) drive to the Arctic Circle. You’ll be provided snacks and drinks to ensure a comfortable drive aboard a climate-controlled van.Imagine what it’s like to be a real Alaskan ice road trucker as you travel along the Dalton Highway, the same highway used in the popular TV show Ice Road Trucker. Cross the Yukon River, where you’ll have a good chance of spotting wildlife, and discover the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the world’s largest pipeline systems that transports oil hundreds of miles across Alaska. Arrive finally at the Arctic Circle, one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth, the others being the Tropic of Cancer, the equator, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle. Defining the southernmost part of the Arctic region, the climate here is very cold and much of the area is always covered in ice. In the winter, the sun never rises here, and in the summer, the land is graced with 24 hours of sunlight a day, melting the seas and the topsoil.Hop out to stretch your legs, take a walk, and capture photos of this unique location. Enjoy a local lunch provided by your guide while soaking in your remote surroundings and learning about the history and geology of this area. You’ll learn interesting facts about the culture of the indigenous Eskimos who have lived here for more than 9,000 years. You'll have about 1 hour at the Arctic Circle. 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.

$225 Outdoor Activities

Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

Your 14-hour adventure to the Arctic Circle starts with hotel pickup in Fairbanks by your experienced guide. Head north out of town in the afternoon, traveling along 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. Learn from your guide about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipeline systems, built in the 1970s to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay 800 miles (1,287 km) south to Valdez. Stop for a photo op along a portion of the pipeline in the community of Fox, and get an up-close look at its construction while hearing about its controversies and environmental effects. Continuing along the Dalton Highway, cross the Yukon River on the E. L. Patton Bridge, the only bridge in Alaska that crosses this legendary river. With a length of 2,295 feet (700 meters), the bridge carries not only vehicle traffic but the pipeline, as well. You'll have the chance to get out for a quick photo op here. Then a bit further down the road, stop for another photo op at Finger Mountain, where views of the alpine tundra await. Finally, arrive at the edge of the Arctic Circle and pose for celebratory photos around the sign displaying your latitude of 66°33’ north, the southernmost latitude at which the sun never rises during winter solstice and never sets during summer solstice. Your guide will set out sandwiches, coffee and homemade hot punch for you to sip while you take in your surroundings. Then hop back in your tour vehicle to start the return journey to Fairbanks.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, including the Tolovana River and Wickersham Dome, so you have plenty of time to snap photos and stare up in wonder at this natural phenomenon. Your guide can explain what causes this mystifying and incredible atmospheric event. Throughout your tour, keep your eyes open for Alaskan wildlife like foxes, moose, or possibly even bears, wolves or lynx. Beverages, cookies and other snacks are provided. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours.

$219 Day Trips & Excursions

Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

Begin your day meeting an informative, friendly Alaskan guide who is certain to make your day a memorable one. Take part in a brief tour orientation to set the stage for your adventure in Alaska's Arctic. Head north in the personalized comfort of a tour coaches and vans. Your guide will share the story of Alaska's Arctic both while you are in motion and at the various stops throughout the day. The final number of stops and length of stops will vary since it is a tour. If all guests are ready to go the tour will continue, if you have more questions for the guide or more photos to take the stop will be longer before you continue on. For your comfort and safety the guide will operate at a speed on the Dalton Highway appropriate for the weather and road conditions. As you make your way out of town begin to learn the history of the gold rush and what brought early pioneers to Interior Alaska. Throughout the day the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline will shadow your journey and the guide makes a stop to take pictures and to explain in detail the history and the workings of this engineering marvel. Visit the Arctic Circle Trading post situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska. You are now 60 miles out of Fairbanks. Here learn about life in rural Alaska. Begin travel on the rugged Dalton Highway, the solitary land route of Alaska's Arctic wilderness. The Dalton Highway begins 84 miles out of Fairbanks. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of the river's stored past. You will stop at the Yukon River twice during your journey. Your first stop will be approximately 11:30 am. During this time you will have a chance to pick up a sack lunch if needed. The second stop will be on your way south and will be approximately 5:30 pm. At this time you have a chance to order a sit down dinner. Each stop will be about 45 to 60 minutes. This will give you enough time to learn from your guide the important role the Yukon River plays to transportation and communication to the villages along the river, explore and take photos on your own, and purchase lunch and /or eat dinner. Explore up close the amazing arctic tundra and feel the veins of ice just beneath the Sometime along your journey your guide will make a stop for you to explore up close the amazing arctic tundra. They will explain the science of the tundra but they will also invite you to reach in to the earth and touch the veins of ice just below the surface.Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. For many, this is the reason to take the journey and your guide is sure to make it a memorable stop. This is the turnaround point for the day and will take place at approximately 2:00 pm. But not to worry, the guide still has a wealth of information they will share on the southbound journey.

$219 Day Trips & Excursions

Arctic Circle Winter Drive

Begin your day meeting your informative, friendly Alaskan guide who is certain to make the day a memorable one. Prior to departure take part in a brief tour orientation to set the stage for your adventure in Alaska's Arctic. Meals are not included; however, you are more than welcome to bring along your own food or know we will make a quick stop at a grocery store on the way out of town. Head north in the personalized comfort of our tour coaches and vans. The guide will share with you the story of Alaska's Arctic throughout the day both while you are in motion and at the various stops throughout the day. The final number of stops and length of stops will vary since it is a tour. For your comfort and safety the guide will operate at a speed on the Dalton Highway appropriate for the weather and road conditions. As you make your way out of town you will begin to learn the history of the gold rush and what brought early pioneers to Interior Alaska. Throughout the day the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline will shadow your journey and the guide will make a stop to take pictures and to explain in detail the history and the workings of this engineering marvel.Begin travel on the rugged Dalton Highway, the solitary land route of Alaska's Arctic wilderness. The Dalton Highway begins 84 miles out of Fairbanks. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of the river's stored past. Depending on the time of winter you visit you may have the opportunity to walk out on the frozen river and learn of its important role in village life along its route.While the amazing arctic tundra will be covered with snow and/or ice the guide will still make a stop for you to take picture and to learn about the flora and fauna of the region. They will explain the science of the tundra but they will also invite you to reach in to the earth and touch the veins of ice just below the surface.Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. For many, this is the reason to take the journey and your guide is sure to make it a memorable stop. This is the turnaround point for the day and will take place at approximately 6:00 pm. But not to worry, the guide still has a wealth of information they will share on the southbound journey.A highlight of travelling in Alaska's Arctic this time of year can be the incredible images the low level of light will make on the snow and ice.  The sun sits low on our southern horizon during the winter months but does provide light during the day.

$459 Day Trips & Excursions

Arctic Circle Aurora Borealis Flight and Drive

Begin your day with a brief tour orientation to set the stage for your adventure in Alaska's Arctic. A large map is used to share with you where you will be travelling and what the highlights are along the way.Fly north in a Piper Navajo Chieftain and experience the remote air ways of Alaska's Arctic.  All guests will have window seats on this flight north.  Upon landing in Coldfoot, a remote outpost along the Dalton Highway in the Brooks Mountain Range, meet a guide who will share with you the history of this region.  Learn of the historic past of Coldfoot and the present day life at this northern truck stop.  Guests will have time to purchase a hot meal before heading south.During your journey your guide will share with you the story of Alaska's Arctic throughout the day both while you are in motion and at the various stops throughout the day. The final number of stops and length of stops will vary since it is a tour. For your comfort and safety the guide will operate at a speed on the Dalton Highway appropriate for the weather and road conditions. Throughout the day the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline will shadow your journey and the guide will make a stop to take pictures and to explain in detail the history and the workings of this engineering marvel.Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. For many, this is the reason to take the journey and your guide is sure to make it a memorable stop. This stop will take place at approximately 6:00 pm. But not to worry, the guide still has a wealth of information they will share on the southbound journey. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of the river's stored past. Depending on the time of winter you visit you may have the opportunity to walk out on the frozen river and learn of its important role in village life along its route.While the amazing arctic tundra will be covered with snow and/or ice your guide will stop for you to take pictures and to learn about the flora and fauna of the region. They will explain the science of the tundra but they will also invite you to reach in to the earth and touch the veins of ice just below the surface.As you approach Fairbanks you will arrive at the homestead of the Arctic Circle Trading Post in Joy, Alaska and meet your Aurora guide.  Joy is 60 miles outside of Fairbanks -- well outside the city lights which can affect your ability to see the northern lights.  Here the Trading Post is warm to provide a resting area inside with hot water for instant coffee, tea, and cocoa.  The Aurora Guide will be there to continue to share information about Alaska's Arctic and to keep an eye on the sky for you.You will stay out during the prime activity time of the lights increasing your odds as much as you can in a one night viewing chance.

$779 Day Trips & Excursions

3 Day Arctic Circle Northern Lights Adventure

Begin your day with a brief tour orientation to set the stage for your adventure in Alaska's Arctic. On Day 1 ground tour from Fairbanks to Coldfoot.  During your journey your guide will share with you the story of Alaska's Arctic throughout the day both while you are in motion and at the various stops throughout the day. The final number of stops and length of stops will vary since it is a tour. For your comfort and safety the guide will operate at a speed on the Dalton Highway appropriate for the weather and road conditions. Throughout the day the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline will shadow your journey and the guide will make a stop to take pictures and to explain in detail the history and the workings of this engineering marvel.Enjoy the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of the river's stored past. Depending on the time of winter you visit you may have the opportunity to walk out on the frozen river and learn of its important role in village life along its route.Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. For many, this is the reason to take the journey and your guide is sure to make it a memorable stop. This stop at the Arctic Circle will take place at approximately 5:30 pm on day 1. While the amazing arctic tundra will be covered with snow and/or ice your guide will stop for you to take pictures and to learn about the flora and fauna of the region.You will arrive Coldfoot at approximately 7:30 PM.  Upon arrival into Coldfoot your guide will have provided you a orientation on Coldfoot, shared with you what you can do on your own or outline the optional tours you can purchase (a visit to the wilderness community of Wiseman- day or night, a guided day tour farther north on the Dalton Highway deeper into the Brooks Mountain Range, or from mid-December to the end of March dog sled rides).Meals are not included - but can be purchased at the Truckers Cafe at Coldfoot Camp.Your two nights will be spent at Coldfoot Camp.  A former gold rush boom town, then a camp for the building of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Dalton Highway, and now an outpost providing services to the Dalton Highway Visitor.  Rooms are simple, but reminiscent of the pipeline days -- rooms have 2 single beds and a built in 3/4 bathroom.  No phones or televisions. The rest of the time in Coldfoot is your free time to explore on your own, visit with other travelers, or take in one of the optional tours.Day 3 you will fly from Coldfoot to Fairbanks by small plane.  As Coldfoot does not have regular flight service the time will vary.  On average you will leave Coldfoot between 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM and return to Fairbanks between 2:30 - 5:30 PM.  The flight itself is just one hour - but the time the flight will take place can vary.