From the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Alaska

25 days and 25 nights, from Fairbanks to Whitehorse or vice versa

This spectacular oneway selfdrive between Alaska and the Yukon includes the best those regions have to offer: National Parks like Gate of the Arctic, Kenai Fjords, Denali and Kluane, scenic roads such as the Dempster and Top of the World Highway as well as authentic towns like Homer, Wiseman and Dawson City. This is the right tour for you if you really want to take your time and experience a true northern adventure.

Day 1

Fairbanks

Arrival in Fairbanks. Pick up your rental car and explore “The Golden Heart City” at your own leisure. Fairbanks is no pulsing metropolis, but it does offer some interesting diversions and a scenic location at the shores of the Chena River.

Day 2

Fairbanks

Day at your own leisure in Fairbanks. You may want to have a look at the Museum of the North or the Pioneer Park to learn more about the history. If you want to go for a scenic drive, travel to Chena Hot Springs.

Day 3

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 your pictures. Enjoy some hikes along the way. Overnight in Wiseman or Coldfoot.

Day 4

Wiseman

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

Day 5

Wiseman to Fairbanks (266 miles)

Drive back to Fairbanks and once again take in the spirit of the Dalton Highway. Overnight in a lodge near Fairbanks.

Day 6

Fairbanks to Denali (121 miles)

Drive on the Parks Highway to Denali National Park. The scenic drive gives you plenty of time to explore on foot. If you already arrive in the early afternoon you may want to check out the National Park's Visitor Center or try one of the many activities offered, like flight-seeing tours, rafting trips or ATV adventures.

Day 7

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 8

Denali to Anchorage (231 miles)

Drive from Denali National Park to Anchorage. Explore Alaska’s biggest city at your own leisure. Visit Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Day 9

Anchorage to Homer (222 miles)

Drive from Anchorage to Homer on the Seward and Sterling Highway. You will pass a stunning mountain scenery and great wildlife viewing opportunities along your way. Homer is a quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay, offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife.

Day 10

Homer

Explore the beautiful area at your own leisure. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Homer: Fishing charters, a visit to Halibut Cove, a stroll on the Spit, kayaking adventures. Stop by the Visitors Center for detailed information.

Day 11

Homer to Seward (173 miles)

Drive from Homer to Seward on the Sterling and Seward Highway. The Seward Highway offers outstanding sightseeing opportunities, including spawning salmon and a number of good hiking trails. Seward is a small fishing village with a nice aquarium (Alaska SeaLife Center).

Day 12

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Tour. This 6-hour whale-watching/glacier cruise takes you to Holgate Glacier. Discover the diverse marine wildlife. Lunch is included. After the tour you have the remainder of the day at your own leisure.

Day 13

Seward to Palmer (168 miles)

Drive northward on the Seward Highway to Anchorage, and on the Glenn Highway, closely paralleling the Matanuska River, towards Palmer. Palmer lies within the MatSu area, Alaska's most important agricultural area. Palmer is a community that is both a bit of pioneer Alaska as well as a modern-day commercial center for the Matanuska and Susitna valleys.

Day 14

Palmer to Paxson/Gakona (160-218 miles)

Continue on the scenic Glenn Highway and enjoy mountain views and Matanuska Glacier halfway between Palmer and Glennallen. The Glenn Highway was declared as National Scenic Byway in 2002 and offers spectacular views. The Richardson Highway takes you to the Paxson Area. Overnight near Paxson or Gakona.

Day 15

Paxson to Tok (183 miles)

Continue on the Richardson Highway and Tok Cut Off to Tok. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Tok is a good place to buy authentic Indian crafts as many of these pieces are made in the surrounding villages.

Day 16

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 17

Dawson City

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

Day 18

Dawson City to Carmacks (218 miles)

Drive on the Klondike Loop to Carmacks. Your drive takes you through gold-rush country.  Relics from that age lie fallow along the roadsides.

Day 19

Carmacks to Whitehorse (112 miles)

Drive further on the Klondike Loop to Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory. 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 20

Whitehorse to Skagway or Haines (111 miles)

The South Klondike Highway leads you to Skagway. From Whitehorse you wind your way up into the mountains. You travel past Fraser and Bennett Lake, and over the Chilkoot Pass, where weary gold seekers made their way from the ocean to the Klondike gold fields inland. Ferry passage from Skagway to Haines, either today or tomorrow, depending on ferry schedule. Overnight in Skagway or Haines.

Day 21

Skagway or Haines to Kluane Lake (152 miles)

Drive to Haines Junction / Kluane Lake on the Haines Highway. Known for its grand views of glaciated mountains and the variety of its scenery – from coastal forests to alpine tundra - the Haines Highway winds through river flats and climbs up to a wide alpine valley, following the eastern border of Kluane National Park Reserve.

Day 22

Kluane Lake

Day at your own leisure. Enjoy a day in the wonderful sceneryaround Kluane National Park and Kluane Lake. Scenic flights are a good way to get an idea of the size and the impressive mountains of this National Park.

Day 23

Kluane Lake to Whitehorse (96 miles)

A short drive on the Alaska Highway takes you back to Whitehorse.

Day 24

Whitehorse

Day at your own leisure in Whitehorse. Explore the surroundings of Whitehorse with its many lakes and opportunities for outdoor activities.

Day 25

Whitehorse

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

Highlights

  • Follow the famous Dalton Highway across the Arctic Circle to gold-mining village Wiseman
  • Take a tour into Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Explore the Kenai Peninsula all the way to Homer
  • Drive on the spectacular Top of The World Highway and stay at old-west goldrush town Dawson City
  • Drive through gold-rush country in the Yukon and spend time at Kluane National Park
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

Money Saver

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

Ferry Information

The ferry sailing between Skagway and Haines is included. All ferry sailings depend on state budget and may get canceled by July 1st 2017 – in case of a ferry cancellation the routing would not get changed, but you will drive from Skagway to Haines Junction instead of taking the ferry. In that case a full refund in the amount of the ferry sailing will be given.

Rates 2017

Available June 1-September 5, 2017, for Fairbanks-Whitehorse
Available May 25-August 20, 2017, for Whitehorse-Fairbanks

From Fairbanks
to Whitehorse

  • Double

    $5420 per person
    Booking Code GON187
  • Single

    $10365 per person
    Booking Code GON186
  • Triple

    $3860 per person
    Booking Code GON188

From Whitehorse
to Fairbanks

  • Double

    $5330 per person
    Booking Code GON190
  • Single

    $10185 per person
    Booking Code GON189
  • Triple

    $3795 per person
    Booking Code GON191

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
  • Six hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
  • Ferry from Skagway to Haines, including one vehicle up to 19’
  • 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 Fairbanks to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Fairbanks 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!

Denali Fly & Drive

Upgrade your Denali Experience with a Kantishna Wilderness Drive & Fly.

Bear Viewing

The perfect way of spending the free day in Homer is to join a bear viewing flight to the Katmai coast.

Whale Watching

Add an extra night in Skagway and join a whale watch day trip to Juneau and explore Alaska’s capital city.

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

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