Explore the Arctic

15 days and 14 nights, from Anchorage to Whitehorse or vice versa

This oneway selfdrive between Alaska and the Yukon takes you to the Arctic twice! Follow the famous Dalton Highway across the Arctic Circle to the gold-mining village of Wiseman. Drive on the scenic Top of the World Highway to Dawson City and take in the gold-rush atmosphere. Head north on the Dempster Highway - one of the most remote and exciting highways in North America - to Eagle Plains, a remote outpost. This is your ideal selfdrive if you want to explore locations off the beaten path and also include major attractions like Denali National Park.

Day 1

Anchorage

Arrival in Anchorage. Explore Alaska's biggest city at your leisure. There is lots to do: Visit the museums, enjoy a walk along the waterfront or explore the downtown area. If you happen to be there on Saturday or Sunday the downtown market is worth a visit.

Day 2

Anchorage to Denali (231 miles)

Drive via the Glenn and Parks Highways to Denali National Park. The road is paved the whole way. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. Weather pemitting you can catch a great view of Mt. Denali.

Day 3

Denali National Park

In the morning, you take a 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park. This is one of your best opportunities to spot wildlife, including bears, moose, caribou or even wolves! While the ride on the park shuttle bus is not narrated, it gives you the freedom to get off the bus and do some hiking and afterwards taking a different bus back to the park entrance. Bring your own food and beverages, as no food or beverages are available once you depart the Wilderness Access Center.

Day 4

Denali to Fairbanks (121 miles)

The scenic drive on the Parks Highway to Fairbanks gives you plenty of time to explore a little on foot, either in town or through the forest. Fairbanks is no pulsing metropolis, but it does offer some interesting diversions and a scenic location at the shores of the Chena River.

Day 5

Fairbanks to Wiseman (266 miles)

Follow the famous Dalton Highway - the haul road - to the gold-mining village of Wiseman. See the Trans-Alaska-Pipeline and the mighty Yukon River, cross the Arctic Circle and take pictures. Enjoy some hikes along the way.

Day 6

Wiseman

Explore the area at your own leisure. Wiseman was founded in 1920 during the goldrush. Some cabins of the gold rush era are still in use nowadays. Surrounded by stunning scenery the village borders the Gate of the Arctic National Park. Enjoy the vast and beautiful nature around you.

Day 7

Wiseman to Fairbanks (266 miles)

Drive back to Fairbanks and take in the spirit of the Dalton Highway once again.

Day 8

Fairbanks to Tok (206 miles)

Drive to Tok on the Richardson and Alaska Highways. The Richardson Highway was Alaska’s first road, known to gold seekers in 1898 as the Valdez to Eagle trail. On the way to Tok you pass North Pole, where you can take a picture with Santa Claus.

Day 9

Tok to Dawson City (197 miles)

Travel on the impressive Taylor and Top of the World Highways to Dawson City. The Taylor Highway is a typical Alaskan gravel road, which can be in very good or very poor shape, depending on the season and weather. Be sure to plan enough time to drive this road. In the afternoon, you cross the Canadian border, the road conditions improve, and you reach Dawson City, heart of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Day 10

Dawson City

You have a free-day in the Las Vegas of the North. Dawson City is an old-west gold-rush town with character. Enjoy the turn-of-the-century atmosphere and be sure to try the world-famous sourtoe cocktail...

Day 11

Dawson City to Eagle Plains (255 miles)

Continue northward from Dawson City to Eagle Plains, a remote outpost along the Dempster Highway. This is one of the most remote and exciting highways in North America. The bizarre mountain peaks of the Tombstone Mountains are worth a stop.

Day 12

Eagle Plains

Continue to explore the Dempster Highway. There are some very good hikes in this area.

Day 13

Eagle Plains to Dawson City (255 miles)

Today your adventure on the Dempster Highway ends as you return to Dawson City. Take in some of Dawson's entertainment for a bit of diversion after your trip to the remote areas up north.

Day 14

Dawson City to Whitehorse (337 miles)

You continue your journey to Whitehorse, capital city of the Yukon Territory. Your drive takes you through gold-rush country. Relics from that age lie fallow along the roadsides. When you arrive in Whitehorse, take some time to explore this charming town, stroll along the riverside, and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this little northern city.

Day 15

Whitehorse

Your trip ends today. Return your rental car and depart Whitehorse.

Highlights

  • Take a tour into Denali National Park
  • Follow the famous Dalton Highway across the Arctic Circle to gold-mining village Wiseman
  • Explore the spectacular Top of The World Highway and stay at old-west goldrush town Dawson City
  • Drive the scenic Dempster Highway, one of the most remote and exciting highways in North America
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

Money Saver

This selfdrive is available from either Anchorage to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Anchorage. Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction and save $500 on total package price!

Rates 2017

Available June 1-September 5,2017, for Anchorage-Whitehorse
Available June 1-August 25, 2017, for Whitehorse-Anchorage

From Anchorage
to Whitehorse

  • Double

    $3345 per person
    Booking Code GON180
  • Single

    $6510 per person
    Booking Code GON179
  • Triple

    $2360 per person
    Booking Code GON181

From Whitehorse
to Anchorage

  • Double

    $3195 per person
    Booking Code GON183
  • Single

    $6195 per person
    Booking Code GON182
  • Triple

    $2260 per person
    Booking Code GON184

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • GoNorth 5-passenger SUV 4x4 with unlimited miles, standard Collision Damage Waiver* ($2000 deductible). Oneway fee and gravel road permission included.
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Detailed itinerary in English

*Additional VIP Protection with glass and tire coverage is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).

Money Saver

Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place from Anchorage to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Anchorage and save $500 on total package price!

Cancellation Policy

Up to 31 days before departure date 30%
30 - 21 days before departure date 50%
20 - 14 days before departure date 75%
13 - 0 days before departure date 100 %

If you want to extend your stay in Alaska, we do have some great add-ons for you!

Skyline Lodge

For a rugged and remote wilderness experience and a glimpse into the life of Alaskan bush pilots add a stay at Skyline Lodge in the heart of Denali National Park.

Bensen Creek Wilderness Lodge

Feel the wilderness of the Dempster Highway and replace the second stay in Dawson with a night at the rustic Bensen Creek Wilderness Lodge.

Lake Clark National Park

Book an additional night in Anchorage and join a bear viewing trip to Lake Clark National Park.

Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our Explore The Arctic selfdrive. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation.

You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our Explore The Arctic selfdrive. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation.

You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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