Begin this four-day Alaska travel adventure by flying from Fairbanks to the Inupiat village of Barrow. Get a firsthand glimpse of the lifestyle of Alaska's Arctic Coast people with a tour of the village. Meet the Inupiat Eskimo people while enjoying a cultural program featuring ceremonial song and dance, traditional games, and demonstrations of local native crafts. Walk the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the northernmost point in North America. Overnight in Barrow, and enjoy the Midnight Sun.
Fly to Prudhoe Bay and tour the oil fields. Dip your toes in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. Overnight in Prudhoe Bay.
Head south in comfortable tour vans along the rugged, mostly-gravel, 414-mile Dalton Highway, built during construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in the 1970s. Continue across the Arctic Coastal Plain before climbing through the majestic Brooks Range and over the Continental Divide at Atigun Pass, elevation 4,800 feet, the highest highway pass in Alaska. Overnight in rustic Coldfoot.
Visit the historic gold mining community of Wiseman, then cross the Arctic Circle and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate to prove you did.
Cross the Yukon River on a 2,290-foot bridge with a 6% grade. The Yukon is the longest river in Alaska, the third-longest in the U.S., and the fifth-longest in North America. It flows 2,000 miles (1,400 within Alaska) from its headwaters in British Columbia to the Bering Sea and drains 330,000 square miles of land& ;one-third of Alaska. Humans have lived along this river for more than 20,000 years. Visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post in the rural community of Joy, and complete your adventure with a ground tour back to Fairbanks.