The Arctic Explorer in Autumn
- Single room supplement CAD $795
- Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST will be added, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
- NDH 05/2020Aug 21 2020 to Aug 28 2020
- NDH 06/2020Aug 28 2020 to Sep 4 2020
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)
After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure! (No meals included)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.