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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

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On this full-day trip from Fairbanks, you'll acquire plenty of bragging rights for friends back home as you cross the Arctic Circle and (hopefully) see the Northern Lights. Take in the landscape of Alaska's unspoiled wilderness while enjoying comfortable transport and narration from a guide. A light meal and hotel transport are included.
You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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    Yukon River
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 3
    BLM Arctic Circle Monument Sign
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Visit the Arctic Circle on a day trip from Fairbanks
  • See the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world's largest oil pipelines
  • Look for Alaskan wildlife along the Yukon River and on Finger Mountain
  • Hope to catch sight of the Aurora Borealis on the return to Fairbanks
What to Expect
Start with pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, then set out for the Arctic Circle in your comfortable climate-controlled vehicle. Your guide points out landmarks along the way, including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which runs for more than 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) across Alaska. At the mighty Yukon River, stop for a walk along the riverbanks. Then head up to Finger Mountain to look for moose, bear, fox, and other native wildlife. There, snack on provided sandwiches, dessert, and hot drinks. When you reach the Arctic Circle, receive a 'Cross the Circle!' certificate and have time to take pictures and a look around. Travel back to Fairbanks at night and hope to view the Aurora Borealis. Sightings of this natural phenomenon are not guaranteed, but the chance to see the otherworldly light display is well worth a try. Your tour ends with return to Fairbanks at dawn.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from local Fairbanks Hotels. All other guests we ask to meet us at Walmart by the
liquor store entrance for pick up.
Departure Time
1:00 PM
  • Sandwich and sweets
  • Hot drink
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (at most hotels)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available; please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Please dress for varying weather conditions
  • Please note the Aurora is a natural occurrence. We can NEVER guarantee that guests will see the Aurora.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Popular mentions
I was a solo traveller in Fairbanks and took this tour to see the arctic scenery and catch the northern lights. Gary was great and let me sit up front with him since I was the only single traveler! He was a very safe driver on the snowy road, and a great conversationist with
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Caleb is an excellent tour guide, he's very informative, patient and knowledgeable. He drove us around to different places to find the northern lights. I highly recommend this tour
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We took this tour in Dec. with our guide Gary who did an excellent job of driving us safely to the arctic circle and back. He also had some very interesting stories and tidbits of info about the area that we enjoyed. We were provided enough food (sandwich, snacks and water)and
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Tour: 18/12/2019 - arctic circle/northern lights. PHENOMENAL!!! This tour was nothing short of phenomenal Dave was an incredible guide full of knowledge and expertise, we honestly were really nervous about the drive prior to the trip but Dave made us feel soo safe & comfortable
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My wife and I took this tour on November 3, 2019. Caleb was a fantastic tour guide and awesome driver up the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle. We were picked up at our Fairbanks hotel at 1:00 pm and arrived at the Arctic Circle around 9:00 pm. The Dalton Highway is
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About the operator
By: 1st Alaska Tours
Kathleen R
Wonderful tour
We met and petted the dogs 🐕 and had a wonderful dog sled ride. Learned lots about the dogs, their breeding,
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Beautiful drive and northern lights!
I was a solo traveller in Fairbanks and took this tour to see the arctic scenery and catch the northern lights.
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Glendale Heights, Illinois
Great Road Trip Adventure
Caleb is an excellent tour guide, he's very informative, patient and knowledgeable. He drove us around to
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Matt McDonald
Great Tour with a Great Guide in Dave
We came to Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights for Valentines Day, so we were gambling that we would be rewarded.
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comfortable viewing lodge
We were picked up at the hotel by Michael at 10PM. He was our driver and tour guide. He was very friendly and
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The white 1st Alaska Tour van picked us up on time. Caleb talked about his Alaska experiences while driving to the
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Must try!!!
We had an awesome time on our tour from Fairbanks out to the hot springs. Our tour guide Caleb was especially
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Great way to see Fairbanks
Michael was our very personable tour guide on the Winter City Tour. His geological background added so much to our
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Mario A
Monterrey, Mexico
Awesome experience at Chena and aurora viewing with our guide Brooke
We had a blast with out guide Brooke. She was very kind, friendly, funny, and made sure we had a great time at the
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Leslie H
Odessa, Texas
Wasn't sure we were up for the challenge but now we have bragging rights. Brooke our guide made this the memory
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Key Details
  • Duration: 14h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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