Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

1 day
Full Day
About this activity
After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, your day trip begins as you head to the Arctic Circle, where explorers have been venturing for centuries, drawn by the power of planet Earth. Stop to take pictures and receive a 'Cross the Circle!' certificate when you get there.

Continue past the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world's largest pipelines, stretching more than 800 miles (1,287 km) across Alaska. Learn about the incredible engineering of this crude oil pipeline and the building process of this epic land-crawling beast, and judge for yourself its impact on the landscape around it.

Next, head to the mighty Yukon River to take a walk along the riverbank and gaze at the scenic landscape. Then it's up to the high plateau of Finger Mountain, where you have a chance to see wildlife such as moose, foxes, bears, and perhaps even a mysterious lynx, if you're lucky. Up on the mountain, enjoy some sandwiches, sweets, and hot drinks.

Then travel back toward Fairbanks at night, hoping for a sighting of Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere, the result of which is an otherworldly display of light.

Your tour ends when you arrive back in Fairbanks at dawn.
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  • Sandwich and sweets
  • Hot drink
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (at most hotels)
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • 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.
  • 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
Arnold M
5 | 2018-08-28

The road trip was rather long but very educational. Gary, our tour guide had a lot of stories to keep up preoccupied on the long drive. It was an experience of a lifetime though.

Ma Rosel B
5 | 2018-04-03

The tour was awesome, our tour guide made all the difference. Even with a blizzard happening along the trip, he made us feel secure. Very knowledgable. We waited for the northern lights but alas, nature was not cooperative this day. It haa been only a level 2 aurora for the whole week.

5 | 2017-03-30

The drive up to the Arctic Circle and back was arduous and dreary during winter time. Getting a sneek peak of Aurora at the 8th hour was rewarding though. Having Aurora blanket the sky above us to entertain us with her graceful pirouettes at the 10th hour was just magical!

Therese Camille A
4 | 2017-01-22

A very long trip. Nice to have done this once but I don't think I would do it again. The stop in the Artic Circle was short. It probably just took 5 minutes. Our guide was very informative but could barely hear him at the back during the drive up and down. He drove safely though. Food and water were provided, and there were enough restroom stops. The highlight of our trip is seeing the northern lights! Yay!



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