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Small-Group Arctic Circle Drive and Fly Tour from Fairbanks

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Travel by land and air round-trip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this comprehensive full-day tour of Alaska's Arctic. Begin with a drive along the Dalton Highway and landmarks such as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Yukon River, Arctic Circle Sign, and Brooks Mountain Range. Learn from your guide about the region’s history and wildlife, then return by twin-engine plane from Coldfoot to complete your Arctic tour.
  • Travel from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle for a day of Arctic exploration
  • Photograph the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Yukon River, and Arctic Circle Sign
  • See more of Alaska's Arctic tundra on a tour by car and airplane
  • Get a guaranteed window seat on the plane and sweeping aerial views
What to Expect
Start your Arctic tour by making your way to the East Ramp Airport in Fairbanks to meet your guide in the early morning. Travel by car between landmarks along the famous Dalton Highway, stopping regularly to stretch your legs while taking in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Yukon River, Arctic Circle Sign, and the rural community of Joy, Alaska. Bring your own food for lunch or purchase a meal at the Yukon River Camp. Expect to arrive at Coldfoot and the Brooks Mountain Range in the late afternoon. Have time to check out Coldfoot Camp before you catch your flight back to Fairbanks, which takes about one hour on a twin-engine plane with a window seat for unobstructed views of the landscape.  Your tour ends with touchdown in Fairbanks around 6pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
3788 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709, USA
Departure Time
5:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned 25 passenger coach or 15 passenger van, depending size of group
  • One-way flight from Coldfoot to Fairbanks in a Piper Navajo Cheiftain or Caravan
  • Entry/Admission - James Dalton Highway
  • Entry/Admission - BLM Arctic Circle Monument Sign
  • The listed price does not include a $4 parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A maximum of 7 people per booking. the maximum number of guests on the tour may be 25 - but the maximum number in a Viator booking for this tour is 7. If you have more then 7 you will need to make 2 separate bookings via Viator.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children 4 or younger do need a car seat per Alaska State Law. Guests need to provide their own car seat appropriate for the age and size of their child.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking. Maximum dressed weight 340 pounds
  • Checked for the return flight bags should be limited to 5 to 10 pounds (2 to 4.5 kg.)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Took this tour just so we could say we had taken the Dalton across to the Arctic Circle. Did not expect much more than a bumpy ride and a beautiful fight back. We got so much more. Our driver/guide, Don K., was awesome. Very informative and enthusiastic. A great mix of
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Response from NorthernAKTourCo, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Arctic Circle Drive and Fly Tour from Fairbanks
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Thank you RogandNette -- you are spot on. We are often asked in a questioning way of ... what are we going to see on a 12 hour tour? We do our best to describe how the guide will share Alaska's Arctic while in motion and at the various stops; however, your first hand knowledge sharing what you saw and did is spot on. It is a combination of all of those aspects that make up Alaska's Arctic...not just the bumpy road. Which the highway is the reason the area is open for us to visit; however, it isn't the only aspect we are sharing along the journey. Thank you for choosing us and thank you for your recommendation. Best wishes, Kathy
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We flew from Fairbanks to Coldfoot. The pilot was great. For the drive back on the Dalton Highway our driver was Tim. He was very interesting and made the trip ride very enjoyable for all. We loved experiencing the "real" Alaska. It was a long day but one of our favorite
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Response from NorthernAKTourCo, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Arctic Circle Drive and Fly Tour from Fairbanks
Responded 27 Aug 2019
Thank you theresaf983 for joining us on the Arctic Circle Fly Drive Adventure. You have joined a group of fewer than 2% of Alaska visitors which cross the Arctic Circle on any given summer -- Congratulations! Kathy
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We did the fly to Deadhorse then drive south on the Dalton Hwy. We saw a lot of wildlife near and in Deadhorse even though it's a big oilfield. We saw a lot of different birds, musk ox, caribou, fox. Had a small tour of oilfield area on the way to the Arctic Ocean interesting
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Response from NorthernAKTourCo, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Arctic Circle Drive and Fly Tour from Fairbanks
Responded 4 Aug 2019
Thank you winkme for joining Mike on your Arctic Ocean Adventure. So glad you had the time for the 3 day adventure as it is a great way to get out and really experience the sights of Arctic Alaska. Thank you again for spending your vacation with us! Kathy
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We did the three-day tour at the end of June 2019. We drove north two days along the Dalton Highway, and saw lots of wildlife, including muskoxen, caribou and many different kinds of birds. John, our guide and driver, was skillful and knowledgeable. We had one other couple with
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Response from NorthernAKTourCo, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Arctic Circle Drive and Fly Tour from Fairbanks
Responded 2 Aug 2019
Dear travelbat13, Thank you for joining us on the Arctic Ocean Adventure. It is the one adventure that does cover the full length of the Dalton Highway really getting a true look at Alaska's Arctic. than you for joining John on this adventure! Kathy
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Our tour was small. We drove from Fairbanks to Cold Foot and then flew back to Fairbanks. It’s a long rough drive but we knew that going in. Our driver Matt made several stops and was very informative. We loved hearing all his stories. When we got to the Arctic Circle he rolled
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Response from NorthernAKTourCo, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Arctic Circle Drive and Fly Tour from Fairbanks
Responded 2 Aug 2019
Thank you Wendybla for our "Awesome" review. So glad you enjoyed your time with Matt -- he is getting ready to head out to share Alaska's Arctic on another Arctic Circle Fly Drive Adventure -- Thank you for joining him on yours. Happy Travels! Kathy
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About the operator
By: Northern Alaska Tour Company
658 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Canton, Ohio
Arctic Circle Air Adventure
Were told when we were ready to take off to our Arctic Circle tour at Coldfoot camp we would be diverted to
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Saint-Cloud, France
Unforgettable excursion to the Arctic Circle
What an awesome excursion ! Everything was perfect from start to finish. I had not been able to confirm our
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Austin, Texas
Great adventure to see the Northern Lights!
Our tour guide Sabrena filled the trip with interesting facts and videos about Alaska and the Northern Lights.
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San Francisco, California
Amazing tour!
I did the Arctic Circle Winter Drive... what an incredible experience! I found the tour company simply excellent
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Nancy H
Webster, Florida
Unforgettable Trip
They flew us up to Fort Yukon above the Arctic Circle. The views from the plane were breathtaking. The pilot was
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Denali in the winter
Our day trip to Denali was educational and fun. Our tour guide, Mike, made sure we made frequent scenery stops
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Jen K
Definitely worth it!
We had THE BEST time on this tour! My husband and I were visiting for our honeymoon, and really struggled to find
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Actually did the Winter Arctic Air, not the drive part
We loved our flight to Coldfoot and back to Fairbanks in the same day. Perfect amount of time in the air with the
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Karen M
Incredible guide, fantastic trip!
Did the Arctic Circle Drive Adventure with Northern Alaska Tour Company on September 14. Our guide, Wes was
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
What a find
If you’re looking to connect with the local people and become immersed in the culture these are your go to people.
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Claire D
Wagga Wagga, Australia
Northern Lights AMAZING
We had a great guide, Dallas, he was so helpful in setting our camera up on one of his tripods to get the best
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Janet F
Oreland, Pennsylvania
Best day ever - Polar Bear Expedition
We went on the polar bear tour and it was one of the best experiences of my life, from the moment we stepped into
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Kirsten M
Sydney, Australia
Polar Bear Expedition
I did the Polar Bear Expedition with NATC in August 2019. I arrived at the office late due to taxis in Fairbanks
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Great day!
Took this tour just so we could say we had taken the Dalton across to the Arctic Circle. Did not expect much more
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laurie m
Great, fun day.
The leaves were turning gold, the ride was spectacular and the staff gave it their all. Wonderful, personal tour
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Key Details
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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