Travel overland from the Pacific to the Arctic, along snow covered highways and roadways built of ice along ancient wildlife corridors, and traditional trading routes of First Nations traders – later used by Klondike Gold Rush prospectors and local patrolmen and now more well known by the TV show “Ice Road Truckers”. The route offers some of the greatest geographic diversity in the country; the Tombstone Mountains in the central Yukon are among the youngest mountain ranges in North America, while the low rolling Ogilvie’s are among the oldest. North of the Ogilvie Mountains, the landscape gradually flattens to low tundra and just after crossing the Arctic Circle to Richardson Mountains, the Northern-most extension of the Rocky Mountains, come into view. From there, the roadway begins its descent into the impressive Mackenzie River Delta to arrive at Inuvik, known as the Place of the Man. The tour finishes with a thrilling excursion to the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk, on the Arctic Coast, accessible only by a winter “ice road” constructed out of the frozen ice of the Mackenzie River and the Arctic Ocean.
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Return airport transfers in Whitehorse
Flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse (or reverse).
Sightseeing tours in Whitehorse and Dawson City
7 nights hotel accommodation
All overland transportation in a 15 seater maxi van
Admission to Diamond Tooth Gerties and Dawson City Museum, Arctic Circle Ceremony
Services of an expert guide.
Day 1: Arrive Whitehorse
Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Enroute, a city highlight tour including the SS Klondike National Historic Site, the Old Log Church and the Log Cabin Skyscraper.
Day 2: Whitehorse – Dawson
The route today travels through the heart of the Yukon interior. Continue northbound on the Klondike Highway passing through small native villages and
settlements. Near Carmacks, the road offers great views of the Five Finger rapids. Just outside of
Dawson, stop at the Tintina Trench overlook for views of the expansive Yukon interior. Enjoy some
time tonight experiencing Dawson nightlife. Keep an eye out tonight for the Northern Lights.
Day 3: Dawson.
Home to the words greatest gold rush, the entire community of Dawson is now a national historic site. Visit the site at Discovery Claim where gold was first discovered in 1896. The chance to discover Dawson City’s small but authentic bar scene tonight.
Day 4: Dawson – Eagle Plains
An early start today heading north to the Dempster Highway. This is one of Canada’s truly great roadways and still the only fully public road in North America to cross the Arctic Circle. Continue onto Eagle Plains enjoying the spectacular scenery offered by the Ogilvie Mountains, always keeping an eye open for wildlife along the roadside.
Day 5: Eagle Plains – Inuvik.
Departing Eagle Plains, the first stop is at the Arctic Circle for a celebratory glass of champagne to commemorate this special occasion. Continue onto the First Nations community of Fort MacPherson where the famed Lost Patrol is laid to rest. A former
Hudson Bay trading post, some native elders still wander the village in Hudson Bay print dresses.
Take a short tour of the village and then further explore on foot.
Day 6: Inuvik – Tuktoyaktuk
Travel by ice road across the expansive Mackenzie River delta towards the Arctic Coast. Not far from Tuktoyaktuk, sight the first of several “pingos” – mountains literally made of ice; heaved-up season after season with the annual freeze and thaw. In
Tuktoyaktuk, enjoy a tour of this unique village with a local guide visiting many of the towns popular
landmarks and buildings. There will also be the chance to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean!
Day 7: Tuktoyaktuk – Inuvik
Return to Inuvik via the ice road. Afternoon and evening free for optional sightseeing and tours.
Day 8: Inuvik – Whitehorse
Transfer to Inuvik Airport for flight to Whitehorse where tour ends.
*Prices are subject to availability and currency fluctuations and are only guaranteed when paid in full. ^Tour operates in reverse direction on 8 & 29 March departures.
Due to the nature of this tour, last minute changes to the itinerary are possible and are left to the discretion of the guide.