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Arctic Ocean and Prudhoe Bay Adventure (Northbound)

Cross the Yukon River, straddle the Arctic Circle and journey through the Brooks Range in route Alaska's arctic coastal plain.

Tour Overview

Travel from Fairbanks northward on a unique guided journey by van along one of the most remote roads anywhere in the world. 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. You’ll travel along Alaska’s Dalton Highway, the state’s lifeline to the Arctic and Far North Region.  Then with your professional guide educating you along the way, you’ll visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Brooks Range and Alaska’s North Slope, and optional flight to get birds-eye view of Gates of the Arctic National Park. With rustic accommodations in Coldfoot and Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay), you’ll sample how true Alaskan life is lived in the rural north. You’ll conclude your Alaska roadtrip by flying from Prudhoe Bay back to Fairbanks.

What's Included
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Overland van transportation with driver/guide from Fairbanks to Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay)
  • Flight from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Meals, optional excursions, and gratuities.

 

Tour Itinerary

Due to the tour's varying departure and arrival times, an overnight in Fairbanks before and after this tour are necessary.

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
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 1pm and 4pm.

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.

Tour Map

 

Dates & Rates

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.

Program is available to book for 1 or 2 people per room. For larger parties or families with children, please contact us for pricing and availability.

Important Notes:

  • A 4-person minimum is required for the tour to operate!
  • Flight between Deadhorse and Fairbanks is in a smaller plane such as a Navajo.
  • Luggage restriction: Guests are limited to one bag per person (preferably soft-sided) with maximum weight of 10-15 pounds. Additional luggage can be stored in Fairbanks.
  • Accommodations: overnight accommodations for this program consist of very basic, clean rooms that are extremely rustic by urban standards.
  • The Arctic Ocean or Prudhoe Bay oil field may not be able to be accessed. If generally accessible, depending on the security regulations, foreign passport holders may not be able to access the Arctic Ocean and Prudhoe Bay oil field.
 

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Maggie | Trip Advisor