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A unique journey along one of the most remote roads anywhere in the world. Alaska’s Dalton Highway is the state’s lifeline to the Arctic and Far North Region. Starting in Fairbanks, the first day of this Alaska fully-guided van tour takes you north through the sub-arctic region, crossing the Arctic Circle to visit the tiny settlement of Coldfoot. Then with your professional guide educating you along the way, visit Gates of the Arctic National Park, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Brooks Range and Alaska’s North Slope. With rustic accommodations in Coldfoot and Deadhorse you sample how true Alaskan life is lived in the rural north.
Due to the tour's varying departure and arrival times, an overnight in Fairbanks before and after this tour are necessary.
Fairbanks to Coldfoot - Crossing the Arctic Circle
Depart Fairbanks in the morning and travel north on the Dalton Highway. The Dalton Highway is also known locally as the Haul Road, or perhaps even more famous as the "Ice Road", a trucker supply route to the North Slope oilfields. Stops en route include the trading post at Joy, the Yukon River, and a ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle. An experienced driver/guide will provide insight and information about Alaska's Arctic. In the evening, visit the historic gold mining community of Wiseman. Travel time today is approximately 8 hours including frequent stops. Overnight at Coldfoot Camp.
Coldfoot to Deadhorse
Today, you continue traveling north on the Dalton Highway. You will explore the amazing arctic tundra of the Arctic Coastal Plain up close, where you can feel the veins of ice just beneath the surface. You traverse the majestic Brooks Mountain Range and pass through the Continental Divide at Atigun Pass. Keep your eyes open for grizzly bears and caribou! Spectacular peaks and panoramic vistas make this journey a highlight. Travel time is approximately 8 hours including frequent stops. Overnight at Deadhorse.
Deadhorse to Fairbanks
You have a chance to explore Deadhorse! Deadhorse serves as the transportation and supply hub for the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and is the farthest north you can drive in the USA. Your guide will share insights about Arctic living and drive you to points of interest. On days when it is accessible, you will also visit the Arctic Ocean, where you can dip your toes in the shallows. Later today, fly across the Arctic Circle from Deadhorse back to Fairbanks. On clear days, enjoy views of the Brooks Range and Arctic Ocean from the air. You typically arrive back in Fairbanks between 4 and 6pm.
Note: Overnight accommodations for this program consist of very basic, clean rooms that are extremely rustic by urban standards. Rooms do NOT have private bathrooms. Toilets and shower stall facilities are located down the hall. Rooms have 2 twin size beds.
This tour departs on Sundays and Wednesdays.
To complete this reservation we will need for each person: Full name, including middle names as listed on identification; issuing country (passport) or state (driver's license), ID number; dates of birth, and body weight.
Please see important notes about the access of the oil field.
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