Antarctica & Arctic
Take the roadtrip of a lifetime - cross the Arctic Circle, marvel at the stunning Yukon wilderness and dip your toes into the Arctic Ocean.
Destinations > Northern Canada > Arctic Summer Explorer
Seven nights accommodation and flights, activities and sightseeing as specified.
Selected dates, 16 Jun - 01 Sep '19
Travel overland on a fascinating route to the Arctic, along untouched wilderness and ancient wildlife corridors, and traditional trading routes of First Nations traders - later used by Klondike Gold Rush prospectors and NWMP patrolmen.
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Cross the Arctic Circle and celebrate with a glass of bubbly
Visit the remote Arctic community of Tuktoyaktuk
Experience the rugged beauty of Tombstone Territorial Park
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Meet and greet and transfer to your downtown hotel. En route, your guide will offer a city highlight tour that
includes SS Klondike National Historic Site, the Old Log Church and the Log Cabin Skyscraper. You’ll meet
your fellow travellers and your guide will review the itinerary and your equipment at our group meeting this
afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to explore the city and do any last minute
Prior to the late 1950’s, the only way to travel to Dawson City in summer was on a majestic paddlewheeler like the SS Klondike. Today, we’ll cover the 550km distance in just a few hours as our route today takes us through the heart of the Yukon interior. Northbound on the Klondike Highway we will pass through several small native villages and settlements.
Near Carmacks, the road offers great views of famous Five Finger Rapids and about an hour outside of Dawson, we’ll stop at the Tintina Trench overlook for views of the expansive Yukon interior and the Ogilvie Mountains. After a relaxed dinner we pick you up from your hotel for our evening program and visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall with poker game and Cancan-Dance-Girls.
After breakfast, we discover Dawson City. A visit to the Jack London and Robert Service cabins and the
museum are on the program. A highlight is the drive into the Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks where we visit
the historic Dredge #4 and an active gold mine. You will have the chance to try your luck panning for gold in
the Klondike. In the late afternoon we travel up the Midnight Dome Road for fantastic views of Dawson City
and the Yukon River. After a true northern dinner you have the time to explore the city yourself by foot.
Later, you have the option to seek the Northern Lights above the city.
We’ll get an early start today and travel one of the truly great Canadian roadways, the Dempster Highway. Completed in the late 1970’s, the Dempster is still the only fully public road in North America to cross the Arctic Circle. Our journey will include Tombstone Territorial Park and the Ogilvie Mountains both of which offer superb scenery and stunning vistas. Wildlife is often spotted along the roadsides, so keep a good watch for foxes, the occasional wolf and caribou. We'll arrive in Eagle Plains in late afternoon, where the modest hotel, fuel station, and highway maintenance station – the only civilization for approximately 300km in either direction - feel like an oasis!
Departing Eagle Plains, our first stop is at the Arctic Circle crossing, where we’ll enjoy a celebratory glass
of champagne to commemorate this special occasion. Later we’ll visit the First Nations community of Fort MacPherson.
Inuvik is a relatively young community with an ancient history. The Canadian government commissioned the building of the town in the 1950’s when it became apparent that the nearby traditional village of Aklavik, was slowly sinking into the delta. Inuvialuit people were also moved down from various points on the Arctic coast. Appropriately, the name Inuvik means Place of Man in the Inuvialuit language. We’ll take a short tour of the village on the way to hotel and you’ll have time to explore the town on foot in the evening.
Today will be a memorable; we’ll travel along the expansive Mackenzie River Delta towards the Arctic coast and the village of Tuktoyaktuk. Not far from town, you’ll see the first of several ‘pingos’ - these are mountains literally made of ice; heaved-up season after season with the annual freeze and thaw, the tallest reaching over 100 meters.
We will be met by local guides who will take us on a tour of their unique village. Stops include the historic Lady of Lourdes schooner and some of Tuk’s famous community buildings such as sod houses and the community “freezer”; a hollowed out section of permafrost located deep underground. You’ll also see the Northern Early Warning site (formerly DEW Line) and even get a chance to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean!
Return to Inuvik. Afternoon and evening free for optional sightseeing and tours.
Transfer to Inuvik Airport, check in, board southbound aircraft. Tour services end on arrival at Whitehorse
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