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Arctic Circle

Barrow, Prudhoe Bay, Caribou, Musk Oxen, Deadhorse & Coldfoot

Alaska’s Arctic region and the Arctic Circle is a vast, mostly undeveloped part of America’s “Last Frontier”. Herds of caribou numbering in the thousands migrate across the tundra and residents of Alaska Native villages live life much as they did hundreds of years ago. Arctic tours take visitors off the beaten path to experience this beautiful and rugged region and to learn more about Alaska’s traditional cultures.

Most Alaska tours into the Arctic region include a ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle, and several offer the chance to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean. Driving tours up the 400-mile gravel road known as the Dalton Highway stop in Coldfoot and Deadhorse, two of the nation’s northernmost truck stops, en route to the oilfields at Prudhoe Bay. Along the way, you’ll pass by millions of acres of federally protected wilderness including Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife viewing is excellent and features species you’re unlikely to see in the wild anywhere else in Alaska, including frequent sightings of caribou and musk oxen.
Tours to the Arctic are available for a day or multiple days, on escorted or independent bus tours. Departures are available from Fairbanks or Anchorage. Several of our Arctic tours feature a drive up the famous “Haul Road,” or Dalton Highway, all the way to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and the Arctic Ocean. Overnight tours feature the Dalton Highway drive experience along with a stay in Barrow, the largest Inupiaq Eskimo community in the United States. Our Nome tour departs Anchorage via plane and includes tours featuring the gold-rush community’s scenery, history and wildlife viewing. You can even experience the Arctic as part of a comprehensive, 11-day statewide tour package with travel via the Alaska Railroad as well as a fly/drive segment to Barrow, Prudhoe Bay, Deadhorse and Coldfoot.
 

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An Alaskan Odyssey

This unique itinerary takes you from the North Pacific waters of Prince William Sound to the Arctic coast near Prudhoe Bay. This itinerary is for independent travelers seeking a chance to see the incredible diversity of Alaska from the... Browse tour

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Gates of the Arctic Air Adventure

This flightseeing  trip from Fairbanks in the evening takes you to the Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Arctic Region. You first fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle. During the quick... Browse tour

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Arctic Circle Summer Drive Adventure

Tour up the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle on a fully-guided Alaska roadtrip. As you depart Fairbanks, you will drive alongside the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Further up the rugged highway, visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post situated in the homesteaded community... Browse tour

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Bettles Lodge Winter Adventure

Fly from Fairbanks across the great interior region of Alaska landing 35 miles across the Arctic Circle in the remote outpost of Bettles. The area surrounding Bettles boasts the most clear weather days in the entire State, and sits... Browse tour

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Bettles Lodge Summer Experience

Fly from Fairbanks along the Yukon River to the foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range, Bettles Lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation and genuine hospitality for all guests. Included is a guided tour of Bettles and the small village of... Browse tour

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Arctic Circle Winter Driving Adventure

On this winter day tour out of Fairbanks, drive up the Dalton Highway into Alaska’s Arctic. As you depart Fairbanks, you will pass gold mines and drive alongside the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Walking on the Arctic tundra will give you... Browse tour

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