This tour takes you to the pristine northern landscapes that do not respect international boundaries. About half the trip is in Canada’s Yukon Territory and half in the State of Alaska. We cross the Arctic Circle, where the sun shines continuously for six months of the year and you have the option of going all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Even below that line the nights are very short, but the scenery is amazing! We explore the mountain grandeur of the Ogilvie and Blackstone ranges at Tombstone Territorial Park, visit Denali, with the tallest mountain on the continent, and pass by the Wrangell-St Elias range that holds Canada’s tallest mountain, while also appreciating the unique tundra landscapes north of Tombstone. We take a cruise on surreal Prince William Sound and relive the Klondike Gold Rush. The spaces are vast, so there is a lot of travel, but you’ll enjoy the scenic journeys.
Duration: 18 days, 17 nights
Departure City: Whitehorse; Ending city: Whitehorse
Accommodations: camping (8 nights) hotels (9 nights)
Transportation: minibus, ferry, catamaran
Leaders: Tour leader, Bus driver/ass’t leader
Included meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners
Included Activities: National Parks passes, Prince William Sound cruise, Denali Park scenic tour, ferry ride.
Some of our tours have optional add-on packages which secure those activities for you in advance, and may be less expensive and less hassle than booking them individually while on your trip. You can add these packages on at check out.
Our trip prices are based on two people sharing rooms and tents. Single travelers will be paired up with others of the same gender for room assignments. Subject to availability, travelers may upgrade to single rooms and tents by adding a single supplement to their tour. The single supplement for this trip is CA$849.
Day 1: Meet your tour leader and fellow adventurers at the joining hotel to get your tour orientation. Then take an afternoon tour of Whitehorse. Enjoy dinner at a Whitehorse restaurant.
Day 2: Our first day takes us to Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. The town is still very much a period-themed town. Enjoy this evening at one of the shows at the themed saloons.
Day 3: Today is a full day to explore Dawson city and surroundings. Visit an active gold mine, go gold panning yourself (and keep the nuggets), explore the paddlewheel graveyard or take a cruise on the large Yukon river.
Day 4: Today we turn north toward Inuvik. We enjoy a short exploration of the magnificent Tombstone Mountains. In the afternoon we cross the Arctic Circle (a mandatory photo op) and shortly after, set up our camp for the night.
Day 5: Today we finish our journey to Inuvik, arriving mid-afternoon but, not to worry. This town is just get started in the afternoon. You may want to grab a sight-seeing flight to Tuktoyaktuk, to dip your toes in the Arctic Ocean, or visit the Igloo Church or the Midnight Sun Mosque.
Day 6: Sleep in as long as you want (or can). Shop the Inuvik markets. Then we turn back down the Dempster Highway to retrace our journey to Dawson city. We camp for the third straight night above the Arctic Circle.
Day 7: Today we return to Dawson City. Despite the beautiful landscapes, You’ll likely snooze part of the trip after more than 72 hours of continuous sunshine. But then you’ll be ready to kick up your heals for one final night in the Yukon before we cross over into Alaska.
Day 8: We travel today over the stunningly beautiful “Top of the World” highway. Crossing into Alaska, we pass such auspicious towns as Chicken and Tok. Tonight we camp in the foothills of the Wrangell Mtns.
Day 9: We complete our trip this morning to Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, site of the world’s second largest recorded earthquake. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring the City’s many attractions, hiking to Flattop Mountain or visiting the Earthquake Center.
Day 10: You’re free to continue exploring Anchorage or join an included excursion to Seward where there are numerous activities to explore, including ocean kayaking, zip-lining, getting a guided glacier tour or visiting the Alaska Sealife Center.
Day 11: Today we travel to Whittier for an included catamaran cruise on Prince William Sound where we might see massive glacier calving directly into the Sound, watch for sea life on the ice flows and a variety of birds in the sky. We might even see bears along the shore.
Day 12: We leave Anchorage today for Denali National Park, home of Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak and the third highest of the “Seven Summits.” Your trip includes park fees and an excursion into the park.
Day 13: Today is a full day to explore the wonders of Denali Park. Rent a bike or grab your hiking boots to go birding or visit the Sled dog Center. Or schedule a scenic flight to Mt. McKinley, with a possible glacier landing.
Day 14: Our destination today is North Pole, a town just outside Fairbanks. We enjoy a wide range of activity options in Fairbanks, including an acclaimed antique auto museum, The Pipeline Visitor Center or the Ice Museum. And we’ll want those North Pole souvenirs.
Day 15: Today we cross the heart of Alaska and eventually cross the border back into the Yukon. Here we travel alongside the turquoise waters of Kluane Lake and the St. Elias Mountains, home of Canada’s highest peak, Mt Logan.
Day 16: We cross back into Alaska to the harbour town of Haines, where we catch a ferry ride across Lynn Fjord to Skagway. This is the start of the Klondike Trail and the entire town shows relics of its colourful past.
Day 17: We have a whole day to enjoy exploring Skagway, take a flight to Glacier Bay, or ride the White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge railway, reliving the days when it carried the gold seekers to the Klondike.
Day 18: We travel back by minibus to our starting point of Whitehorse, stopping along the way to check out the Carcross Desert, reputed to be the world’s smallest.