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Arctic Winter Explorer - Ice Road to the Sea

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Experience an ultimate winter escapade from the historic cities of Whitehorse and Dawson to the Arctic Circle and First Nation villages.
Nature
Classic Escorted Tours

Highlights

Experience a genuine Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony

Spend an unforgettable night with a First Nation family

Explore FIrst Nation communities in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk

Chances of spotting wildlife   along snow-covered highways and to see the Northern Lights

This 8-day adventure starts with a tour of Whitehorse. Visit the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as SS Klondike National Historic Site, the Old Log Church and Log Cabin Skyscraper. Continue to the beating heart of Yukon, traversing the scenic Klondike Highway until you reach the historic Dawson City. Experience what it’s like in the Old West as you stroll around the town’s unpaved streets and wooden boardwalks. Discover restored buildings, including the Palace Grand Theatre, the Commissioner’s Residence and the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service. Follow the tracks of miners up Bonanza Creek road to Discovery Claim, where the first piece of gold was discovered in 1896. Visit Dredge #4 National Historic Site as well and don’t forget to take pictures as souvenirs—they’re more valuable than any gold! Before reaching the Arctic Circle crossing, travel along the Dempster Highway to Eagle Plains, driving past breathtaking, snow-covered scenery and Tombstone Territorial Park, where wildlife is often spotted on the roadsides. Keep watch for foxes, wolves and caribou! After celebrating your arrival at the Arctic Circle, your journey continues to Inuvik, Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk to gain insight into the Native community. Every night, throughout the tour, watch out for sightings of the spectacular Northern Lights!

This tour departs and ends in Whitehorse.

 

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Whitehorse to Inuvik: 28 February & 20 March 2020
Inuvik to Whitehorse: 6 & 27 March 2020

 

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Included

7-night accommodation in a mix of 2 to 4-star hotels
Overland transportation
Whitehorse airport shuttles
Flight from Inuvik - Whitehorse
Individual guiding and transportation during the entire tour
Overnight stay with a First Nation family
Arctic Circle ceremony
City sightseeing tour in Whitehorse and Dawson City
Historic First Nation city tour in Tuktoyaktuk

Excluded

Outdoor winter clothing (rental available)

Meals and beverages other than specified

Gratuity

Itinerary

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Day 1
Whitehorse

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel. En route, your driver 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 your group meeting this afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to explore the city.

Day 2
Whitehorse - Dawson

Your route today takes you through the heart of the Yukon interior, more or less along the Yukon River valley. Stop for a coffee in the morning at Braeburn Lodge, famous for its massive cinnamon buns, then continue northbound on the Klondike Highway passing through several small native villages and settlements. This afternoon, arrive into Dawson and spend your first night out looking for the Northern Lights, which can often be seen right over the town.

Day 3
Dawson City

Today, discover Dawson City and the surrounds. The entire community is now a national historic site and the romance of the Old West can be felt on every corner. Dawson’s unpaved streets and wooden boardwalks are still roamed by miners, hunters and trappers. Parks Canada has restored many of the original buildings, including the Palace Grand Theatre, the Commissioner’s Residence and the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service’s cabin, among many others. Travel up Bonanza Creek road to the actual claim where gold was discovered in 1896. Discovery Claim is located near the impressive Dredge #4 National Historic Site and you’ll stop for a photo here as well.

Day 4
Dawson - Eagle Plains

Today, depart Dawson early and travel along the Dempster highway crossing the Arctic Circle. Today’s drive is considered most scenic; Tombstone Territorial Park encompasses the jagged peaks to the West that give the park its name and further along, whilst the Ogilvie Mountains 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. Stop for a picnic lunch at a creek-side campground as you arrive at Eagle Plains in the late afternoon/early evening at the modest hotel, fuel station, and highway maintenance station – the only civilization for approximately 300km in either direction. 

Lunch
Day 5
Eagle Plains - Inuvik

Departing Eagle Plains, your first stop is at the Arctic Circle crossing, where you’ll enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne to commemorate this special occasion. Next stop is the First Nations community of Fort MacPherson. A former Hudson Bay trading post, some native elders still wander the village in Hudson Bay print dresses. End the day in Inuvik where you'll take a short tour of the village on the way to your hotel.

Day 6
Inuvik - Aklavik - Tuktoyaktuk

Today, travel by ice-road across the expansive Mackenzie River delta towards the Arctic coast, stopping at Aklavik then the village of “Tuk” where you will be met by local guides who will take you on a tour of their unique village. You’ll also be invited to a local resident’s home for a glimpse at home-life in a northern community. Tonight, stay in Tuktoyaktuk.

Day 7
Tuktoyaktuk - Inuvik

Today, return to Inuvik. Enjoy the afternoon and evening free to discover the city at your own pace.

Day 8
Inuvik - Whitehorse

Today, you will be transferred to Inuvik Airport for your flight to Whitehorse. Tour services end on arrival at Whitehorse Airport.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
Canadian Dollars
7 nights
from AUD4,902
per person, twin share
Whitehorse
28 February - 27 March 2020
Canada & Alaska Brochure
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Important notes

  • Due to the nature of this tour, last-minute changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.
  • This is an escorted group tour, maximum 20 pax.

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