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The Arctic Explorer in Autumn

Price: CAD $3995
  • Single room supplement CAD $795
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST will be added, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Required participants:
Min. 4 / Max. 5
Departure Dates
  • NDH 05/2021
    Aug 19 2021 to Aug 26 2021
  • NDH 06/2021
    Aug 26 2021 to Sep 2 2021
  • NDH 07/2021
    Aug 29 2021 to Sep 5 2021
    Available Spaces: 
    2
  • Trip Confirmed
  • Trip Sold Out

Make your next trip an Arctic adventure!

Take a tour on the road less travelled. Yukon’s Dempster Highway is the only road in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle, passing through the beauty of a northern mountain wilderness.

The first stop on our way to the Arctic is Dawson City, the home of the Klondike Gold Rush. Try your hand at panning for gold and experience the excitement of the times at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s.

Expect an abundance of wildlife sightings on your trip along the Dempster Highway. Bear, moose, caribou, fox and many others will cross our path. In autumn you will marvel at the Northern lights dancing over Eagle Plains.

We’ll cross the Arctic Circle and drive through the notorious Hurricane Alley as we head to Inuvik. Then we venture even further north - on a newly constructed road to the village of Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

This tour is an excellent opportunity to see Mother Nature's spectacular farewell to Summer!  Witness two of the most spectacular natural phenomena at the same time: the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), often seen over Dawson City and Eagle Plains and the fiery colors of the tundra along the Dempster Highway.

Our group sizes range from four to seven participants, and our company is certified for Safe Travels by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

For breathtaking landscapes, wildlife sightings, northern lights and an immersion in Gold Rush history join us on our Arctic Explorer adventure
The Arctic Explorer has it all!  It’s the best Nature Tours of Yukon has to offer.
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Trip Itinerary 
  • Day 1 Arrival in Whitehorse. Transfer from Whitehorse airport to the hotel in the city center. In the evening your guide will meet you at your hotel and explain the details on our tour to the Arctic. (No meals included)
  • Day 2: The adventure begins! The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson shows us already that tiny glimpse of what lies ahead on our way to the Arctic. We’ll drive along the famous Alaska- and Klondike Highways and stop an route to take photos. See the Five Finger Rapids and cross some of the great northern rivers: Yukon River, Pelly and Stewart River are on our route today. We’ll arrive in Dawson City late in the afternoon. (No meals included)
  • Day 3 Gold rush in Dawson City. This whole day is dedicated to Dawson City and its Gold rush history. We'll drive up the mountain to take in the incredible views encompassing the city. We'll visit the gold dredge and we'll try our luck at panning for gold. In the evening we'll visit a gold rush style gambling hall Diamond Tooth Gertie’s and watch the spectacular Can-Can Shows. (No meals included)
  • Day 4 "Larger than life" - live. After visiting Diamond Tooth Gertie’s and getting up close and personal with the famous sour toe cocktail last night, our small band of Arctic explorers is ready to leave civilization behind.
  • We’ll driving the Dempster Highway and get to see what all the fuss is about and experience firsthand why they call Yukon “larger than life”. Be prepared to be amazed.
  • We'll stop frequently to marvel at the immense landscape with alpine creeks, craggy mountains and treeless tundra until we reach Eagle Plains in late afternoon. Here we'll find the only hotel, gas station and repair service along the entire highway. This is not a luxury hotel, but a true northern truck stop, a tiny spot of civilization in the middle of the vast wilderness. (Bagged lunch included)
  • Day 5 Across the dotted line Today we cross the Arctic Circle. While the dotted line is hidden under a thick pack tundra, there are lots of other nice features to see. As there are: the Arctic Circle interpretive sign, panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains, Tundra, more mountain vistas and in the far distance a snow hare – if we’re lucky.
  • We’ll keep driving north, and the “larger than life” theme gets to a “very, very much larger than life” stage real quick, when we reach the border with Northwest Territories. Once through the last mountain pass, we'll descend into the seemingly endless Mackenzie River valley. We'll cross the Peel River by ferry and continue to the Mackenzie River which we'll also cross by river ferry. Another hour and a half gets us to Inuvik and our Hotel for the next nights. (No meals included)
  • Day 6 To the Arctic Ocean This will be another fascinating day! We'll drive the newly constructed road and head north towards the Polar Sea.  We’ll drive through the vast tundra and after 180 km we'll reach Tuktoyaktuk, a small First Nation town. In "Tuk", the  population lives a partly traditional life style with hunting, trapping and fishing but the oil and gas industry is also very evident in and around the town. The town is nicely situated in a sheltered bay on the Beaufort Sea. We'll meet up with our First Nation guide, who will show you and tell stories about their life in the frozen north. By mid-afternoon we'll return to Inuvik. (Bagged lunch included)
  • Day 7 A do-over by fly-over. We depart Inuvik for Whitehorse. At the airport we will be picked up and transferred to our hotel in downtown Whitehorse. (No meals included)
  • Day 8 After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure! (No meals included)

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Trip Includes 
  • Airport transfers in Whitehorse and Inuvik
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and lodges
  • All transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Dawson City, entry to Dredge #4, gold panning - you keep what you find!-, Gerties can-can show.
  • Arctic Circle certificate.
  • Sightseeing in Tuktoyaktuk.
  • Scheduled flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse
  • Fees and licenses
  • Emergency equipment (first aid kit, bear spray, satellite phone)
  • Experienced driver / guide for the duration of the tour.
Trip Excludes 
  • Meals and beverages in hotels and restaurants.
  • Trip cancellation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancellation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects.
Important Information 
  • On this tour there is a possibility that there may be last-minute changes to the itinerary due to the nature of the excursion. We may experience unforeseen delays due to weather or other reasons. We'll do our best to provide an alternate program of equivalent importance and value, and of a similar nature.
  • Some meals and hygiene up north do not always meet our high standards. The unique values of the experience however will more than just make up for this.
  • You will be required to sign a 'release of claims and waiver of liability' form prior to the departure of this tour.

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Arctic Explorer, a photograpy roadtrip to the Arctic with Nature Tours of Yukon

For the ultimate Arctic experience, check out our Arctic Discovery Tour: The best Arctic winter adventure Nature Tours of Yukon has to offer. Experience the true nature of Yukon, cross the Arctic Circle and drive the famous Ice Roads.

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Price: CAD $3995
  • Single room supplement CAD $795
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST will be added, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Required participants:
Min. 4 / Max. 5
Departure Dates
  • NDH 05/2021
    Aug 19 2021 to Aug 26 2021
  • NDH 06/2021
    Aug 26 2021 to Sep 2 2021
  • NDH 07/2021
    Aug 29 2021 to Sep 5 2021
    Available Spaces: 
    2
  • Trip Confirmed
  • Trip Sold Out

Trip Includes

COVID-19 Safety Measures

At Nature Tours of Yukon we pride ourselves in delivering a high standard of service and safety. Safety measures and operational plan are in place. Please bring your own face mask (required). Measures might change depending on the recommendations by the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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  • World Travel & Tourism Counsel
  • Nature Tours of Yukon is a member of Travel Industry Designator Service by IATA
  • Nature Tours of Yukon is a member of Yukon Wilderness Tourism Association
  • Nature Tours of Yukon is a member of Tourism Industry Association of Yukon
  • Nature Tours of Yukon -  Arctic Circle Tour