Arctic Circle Aurora Borealis Tour By Air and Car from Fairbanks
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from $469.00
the low down
Discover winter in Alaska’s Arctic! Experience for yourself the legendary hospitality and authentic interpretation that made the original Arctic Circle Drive Adventure famous. Begin your journey with a small plane flight north across the Arctic Circle to a landing strip along the Dalton Highway at Coldfoot.  Travel south on the famed Dalton Highway. View the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline. Experience the mighty Yukon River. Explore up close the amazing arctic tundra. Cross the Arctic Circle and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.

Aurora is active over 300 days of the year -- BUT, it needs to be dark to see them.  This includes both once the sun has set AND getting away from the lights of the city.  Joy Alaska is 60 road miles outside of Fairbanks.  Next step is to stay awake during the peak time of activity -- which is late night here in Alaska.  Your guide will keep your mind engaged while you wait -- and help you keep an eye to the sky.
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska , United States of America
  • 15 hours
customer reviews
out of 5

Nathalie L

LOVED IT. Yes, I did get to see the Aura Borealis, so that helps.
The flight up was amazing, the views were breathtaking. Well worth the trip just for that.
The staff was great, the meal in Coldfoot was well priced.
There is a lot of sitting around in a vehicle but that is normal. Read the description. This was a great opportunity to take a nap until our next destination.
The cabin in Joy is a great place to warm up while waiting for the Northern Lights to make an appearance.
The guide there was Awesome, funny and helpful. A great experience I will never forget.

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what to expect

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.

inclusions and exclusions

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • The listed price does not include a parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • We return to the same location we started from.
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Small-group tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Excellent value for money
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.