To step foot above the Arctic Circle is a certain kind of thrill, but to spend hours above it with a guide, is even more memorable and enriching. This five-hour trip takes travelers far north to experience the history, native culture, and truly remote environment of the Alaskan Arctic.
Land among the sprawling foothills of the Brooks Range.
The tour starts with a one-hour flight out of Fairbanks. Along the way the pilot narrates, pointing out details of the vast land below. There are active mining sites where miners still hunt for gold. There is the mighty Yukon River Valley, a thriving place home to traditional native peoples and hardworking homesteaders. There are even views of Alaska's less-known, but still stunning Brooks Range. After flying well into the Arctic Circle, the tour's small aircraft lands in the small village of Coldfoot.
From here, guests climb aboard a tour van for a three-hour guided trip along the Dalton Highway. Called the "Haul Road" by Alaskans, dusty trucks lug supplies to the North Slope via this essential transit artery. It is a rugged and isolated place, but the surrounding arctic landscape is also serenely scenic. After pulling back into Coldfoot, the trip concludes with a one-hour return flight to Fairbanks.
Arctic Circle Air Adventure guests spend approximately two hours flying (roundtrip) and three hours on the ground above the Arctic Circle. Guests must check in at the tour operator office at least one hour prior to tour departure.
What to Bring
As with most of Alaska, the weather above the Arctic Circle can be unpredictable. Dress in warm layers and take a rain jacket. Bring a camera, binoculars, bug spray, and snacks. Because the trip goes into remote locations, bring essential medications as well.
Accurate passenger weight is required for aircraft weight and balance. Guests are limited to 5 to 10 pounds of additional luggage per person. Alaska's Arctic is a true wilderness region. Although rare, weather or mechanical factors can result in multi-hour delays. Medical facilities, communication, and transportation infrastructure are limited. Travelers to this region should be of reasonable health and physical condition.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The Arctic Circle Air Adventure departs from the tour operator terminal on the east ramp of the Fairbanks Airport. The tour operator provides return shuttle rides to Fairbanks hotels for a small fee.
Arctic Circle Air Adventure 3820 University Avenue Fairbanks, AK 99709
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"Outstanding! The plane ride was great, and the scenery was unbelievably awesome. There were too many mountains to count and too many pictures to choose from! The subsistence living in Wiseman was impressive."