ARCTIC ROAD TRIP - Winter | Guided Self-Drive

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Price: CAD $5550
Minimum 2 guests per vehicle
  • Price is for option a; per person based on double occupancy
  • option a; Single room supplement CAD $1150
  • Price for option b: CAD $6250 per person, based on double occupancy
  • option b; Single room supplement CAD $865
11 Days / 10 Nights
Departure Dates:
  • AWR 01/2022
    Feb 13 2022 to Feb 23 2022
Required participants:
Min. 4 / Max. 10
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Arctic Winter Road | guided self-drive

Trip Itinerary

map Arctic Winter RoadDAY 1 | ARRIVAL
Arrival to Whitehorse and transfer from Whitehorse Airport to the hotel in the city center. Later in the afternoon there is a pre-trip information meeting scheduled where you will meet your guide and the other participants. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No meals included)

In the morning we start the day and collect the vehicle you will be driving for the next week. Then we hit the road towards Dawson City. The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson already shows us a tiny glimpse of what lies ahead on our way to the Arctic. Snow covered roads, snow covered trees, snow covered mountains and ice covered rivers. And a highway lodge snuggled beneath its white blanket, sleeping and waiting for the warm, endless summer days that will come along eventually. We’ll arrive in Dawson City late in the afternoon, and you can explore Dawson on your own this evening. (Bagged lunch included)

You can spend the whole day exploring Dawson and surrounding area. In the evening you could party Gold Rush style in the notorious Pit at the Westminster. Do you dare to try the famous Sourtoe Cocktail at the Downtown Hotel? Overnight in Dawson. (Bagged lunch included)

After visiting the Pit and maybe getting up close and personal with the famous Sourtoe Cocktail last night, our small band of Arctic explorers is ready to leave civilization behind. We are 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 will stop frequently to marvel at the immense landscape with wide vistas, snow covered mountains and treeless tundra until we reach Eagle Plains in late afternoon. Here we find 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)

After an amazing night, with the sky ablaze with twinkling stars and Northern Lights, and with a hearty breakfast in our tummies, we are off to the Arctic Circle. Alas; the dotted line is hidden under a thick pack of snow, but there are lots of other nice features to see. As there are: the Arctic Circle interpretive sign, panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains, snow, mountains, more snow, more mountains, a snow hare and in the far distance hundreds of caribou.
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 cross in to the Northwest Territories. Once through the famous mountain pass, apt named Hurricane Alley, we descend into the seemingly endless Mackenzie River valley.
At this point, the landscape changes dramatically from endless mountain ranges in to endless flat tundra. We'll cross the Peel River and the Mackenzie River by ways that is novel for most of us: an ice bridge! And no; they did not build a bridge from ice blocks like you would build an ice hotel; it’s just a very sturdy sheet of ice that will support the weight of large semi-trucks. Another hour and a half gets us to Inuvik and our hotel for the next nights. (Bagged lunch included)

This will be another fascinating day! We'll drive the newly constructed road and head north towards the Arctic Ocean.  Driving through the vast tundra and after 180 km we will reach Tuktoyaktuk, a smaArctic Winter Road - SelfDrive  - northern lightsll First Nation village. In "Tuk", the Inuit 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. Our First Nation guide will meet us here, and show us around his village and tell stories about their life in the frozen north. By mid-afternoon we are returning to Inuvik. (Bagged lunch included)

Today we’ll drive on another ice road through the Mackenzie Delta to the small Inuit settlement of Aklavik (120km). This ice road follows the smaller arms of the Mackenzie, and there is a good chance of seeing wildlife on this ice road. In Aklavik we have time to look at the houses and have a hot chocolate at the local store before returning to Inuvik. By mid-afternoon we'll return to Inuvik. (Bagged lunch included)


option a | do I want a do-over?
You couldn’t get enough of this on the way north and you would do it all over again tomorrow?
No problem, you can do that! Drive back the way you came to visit your favorite spots again. See the landscape at a different angle and you’ll discover something new you did not see the first time this trip

option b | am I short on time?
Drop off your vehicle in Inuvik and take a flight back to Whitehorse. Flying over the beautiful Yukon is definitely a once in a life time experience!

option a

Driving back to Eagle Plains you will be amazed how different the landscape looks from a south bound angle. Gather new impressions of the infamous Hurricane Alley and the Arctic Circle you’ve visited just a couple of days before. You will have plenty of time to stop on the way to enjoy the scenery once more. And you might even find the Northern Lights dancing overhead. Overnight in Eagle Plains. (Bagged lunch included)

Again, the different angle of driving south on the Dempster Highway will keep you amazed of this unspoiled and rugged wilderness. Especially when you enter Tombstone Territorial Park, the views are quite different and equally impressive as before. We are returning to Dawson City for one last night of whooping it up like it was 1898. Overnight in Dawson. (Bagged lunch included)

For this last day on the road we depart Dawson for Whitehorse. We will reach our final destination early afternoon and drop off the vehicle. As an add-on option, you could keep the car for a couple of days longer to go and explore on your own. (Bagged lunch included) Overnight in Whitehorse.

After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure! Transfer to the airport if needed. (No meals included)

option b

You leave your rental car at Inuvik Airport and fly back to Whitehorse. At Whitehorse airport you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. (No meals included)

After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure! Transfer to the airport if needed. (No meals included)

Arctic Winter Road. Self Drive. caribou.

Northwest Territories Tourism

Trip Includes

  • Rental car package: ( 2 guests per vehicle)
    - Large SUV (GMC Yukon or similar)
    - Unlimited km's
    - Loss damage waiver ($0.00 deductible)
    - Windshield and tire insurance ($0.00 deductible)
    - One additional driver
    - Third party liability insurance
  • 1 Roadside assistance kit per rental car (including snow chains)
  • 1 CB radio per rental car
  • Airport transfers in Whitehorse (and Inuvik  OPTION B)
  • All accommodation in hotels as per itinerary
  • Bagged lunches where indicated
  • Arctic Circle certificate
  • Sightseeing with Iocal guide in Tuktoyaktuk
  • Fees and licenses
  • Emergency equipment (first aid kit, roadside emergency kit, satellite phone)
  • Experienced guide with support vehicle for the duration of the tour
  • Scheduled flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse (OPTION B)

Trip Excludes

  • Meals and beverages in hotels and restaurants
  • Fuel
  • 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

Trip Notes

  • You will have to enter in - and sign - a rental contract with Driving Force Whitehorse. Their terms and conditions concerning the use of the vehicle will apply for the duration of this trip
  • A full and valid driver’s license from country of origin is required. The driver’s license and credit card must be in the renter’s name. If the driver’s license is in a language other than Roman alphabet, an International Driver’s Permit is required in conjunction with the country of residence driver’s license
  • Minimum age for a driver is 25
  • Additional drivers must show valid driver's license and credit card issued in their name at the time of rental
  • 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