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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

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    What to Expect
    Journey along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this 14-hour tour through the Alaskan wilderness. Following afternoon hotel pickup in Fairbanks, travel with your informative guide along the Dalton Highway, technically Alaska Route 11. You’ll stop occasionally to stretch your legs and snap memorable photos of key sites. Plus, keep your eyes open for Alaskan wildlife like foxes, moose, or possibly even bears, wolves or lynx.

    Dalton Highway runs north-south through Alaska, almost to the Arctic Ocean, and parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Stop along a section of the pipeline in the community of Fox, and get a good look at its construction while learning about its controversies and environmental impact. One of the world’s largest pipeline systems, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built in the 1970s to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay 800 miles (1,287 km) south to Valdez.

    Back on the Dalton Highway, drive over the EL Patton Bridge, the only bridge in Alaska that crosses the Yukon River. With an impressive length of 2,295 feet (700 meters), the bridge carries not only vehicle traffic but also the pipeline. Take a picture of the bridge and then stop again further down the road to admire Finger Mountain that offers views of the alpine tundra. 

When you arrive at the edge of the Arctic Circle, pose for commemorative photos around the sign displaying your latitude of 66°33’ north. Absorb the natural beauty around you and enjoy the provided sandwiches, coffee and homemade hot punch.

    Then, climb back aboard your vehicle to begin the drive back to Fairbanks. At this time, it'll be about two to three hours before midnight, an ideal period to start watching for the northern lights. If they do appear, your driver will pull over at several different spots, including the Tolovana River and Wickersham Dome, to give you ample time to marvel at and take photos of this natural phenomenon.

    Your Fairbanks northern lights tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If you are using Alaska-Wildlife-Cabin-and-Hostels as you accommodation, you can hop right into our tour vans.
    We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you do not see the right option to choose from but you are inside the city limits, please leave the address in the comments.
    If you are staying outside the city limits, we can meet you at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks.
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    • 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
    • Gratuities
    • no gluten free or vegan meal option available. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch and snacks.
    • cold weather gear
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    Additional Info
    • 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 9 people for each Transit Van and up to 12 people in our mini coach. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple Van's will be used in this case.
    • It is mandatory for every customer to rotate seats at least a few times on this tour.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I booked the tour for 6 friends including myself through Expedia as it was mentioned Free Cancellation before 14hr. Due to work reasons, one of my friends had to drop. I didn't get refund for him, even after prior notification, as the tour company doesn't...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Gowri P
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Lots of information about Alaska and the Dalton Highway provided by guide. Frequent stops for observation. The highways were in terrible condition and it was a very bumpy adventure!

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank memorial2019
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    A little daunting but we had a good time. 12 people in a van would have been relatively comfortable, but with back packs, cameras, and heavy clothing the comfort was lacking. We were glad our pasengers were very friendly, helped each other, and made sure...More

    Thank Pat B
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen, our tour guide Bob was such a great guy, he explained all the way everything it was to know about aurora boreales, the pipe line and fun facts along the road. We stopped several...More

    Thank antoinefch007
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    5-star trip...everything was amazing - the scenery, our driver/guide Dave (who was very personable, knowledgeable, patient and a safe driver!) - and of course the Northern Lights, which we were lucky enough to see on this, our very first, tour. So even though we didn’t...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Lavylavy1
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    4 June 2019|
    Response from noahsalaksa |
    NoahsAlaska says between 11:00 pm and 2:00am
    David G
    13 May 2019|
    Response from noahsalaksa |
    NoahsAlaska recommences the cold clear nights of October, November and December. The further north you travel the better.
    Suren G
    19 February 2019|
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    Response from squirrelflies | Reviewed this property |
    Chena is really far away from the Arctic circle and everything else. But it might increase your chances of catching the northern lights although your travel period is considered the very low season. So I recommend that you... More
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    • Duration: 14h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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