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ALASKA,YUKON & ARCTIC CIRCLE

19 days from ANCHORAGE

DEPARTS ANCHORAGE to ANCHORAGE

Alaska, Yukon and the Arctic Circle - the Last Frontier! Experience the arctic wilderness and indigenous culture on one of our most remote and extreme itineraries. Traverse the untouched Alaskan Range and venture north to experience the remote and resourceful nature of the Dene and Inuvialuit people. From the snow-capped mountains and ice-blue glaciers at Denali, to the swift caribou and elusive grizzlies of Kluane National Park, Alaska holidays are always captivating, often astounding, so come ready to explore this truly great land!

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jun-Aug from £2844

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Anchorage to Denali National Park The largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people, Anchorage has gone through quite a change since the earthquake of 1964. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it was not that long ago that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier'. It is also common place to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city. After leaving Anchorage get stuck straight in to Alaskan life with a stop at Talkeetna to sample the local delicacy, reindeer sausage. Then unspoiled wilderness, abundant wildlife and excellent hiking await you as you travel north to Denali National Park and Preserve for your three-night stay. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 2-3: Denali National Park Surrounded by Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali offers a vast refuge for a variety of wildlife. Wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep all call Denali home, as does the mighty grizzly bear. A wide range of optional activities are available such as river rafting, scenic flights, and dogsled demonstrations and hiking for all fitness and adventure levels. Did you know that Denali National Park is one of the few American parks, where you are encouraged to get off the beaten track and forge your own trail? Well now you do, so be sure to make the most of this fantastic opportunity. The following days you are free to explore the pristine backcountry of the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra and offers superb opportunities to view wildlife as well as access to unlimited hiking options. For a real treat (and highly recommended) why not try an optional scenic flight to get a good view of Mount McKinley's towering peak. You could even opt for a glacier landing! Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 4: Alaska Range Follow the old Denali Highway across the foot of the Alaskan Range for a night in rustic cabins, set amongst quiet tundra and lakes. Choose to canoe the beautiful Maclaren River or stretch your legs on the tundra covered hills of the Alaska Range and look out for grazing caribous. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and there is a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling. The range plays host to North America's tallest peak, Mt McKinley and is the perfect setting for people who love to hike or simply be at one with nature. Accommodation: Cabins (multi share) I Meals at own expense

 

Day 5: Dawson City Heading north on the scenic 'Top of the World Highway', you cross into Canada and head into the Yukon Territory before arriving at Dawson City. This town of just over 1300 people was founded in 1897 and named after a Canadian geologist, George Dawson. The wooden shop-fronts lining the downtown area give it a real frontier feel and the town looks like it has come straight out of a movie set from the 1800's. Dawson City featured in the writings of Jack London, famous for his novel, 'The Call of the Wild'. You can't visit Dawson City without a visit to an iconic Diamond Tooth Gerties, one of Canada's oldest and friendliest gambling halls. Try your luck at Blackjack, roulette or one of the many slot machines whilst enjoying a song and dance from one of the dancing Gold Rush Gals, this is an experience like no other. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 6-7: Inuvik This morning be prepared for some remote and sparse facilities as you fly to Inuvik to experience first-hand the lifestyle and cultures of the Dene, Metis and Inuvialuit peoples who inhabit this frontier town. Located on the Mackenzie Delta, the name 'Inuvik' means 'Place of Man'. With a population that fluctuates around 3000, this is the administrative capital and a unique place to visit, largely because of its primarily indigenous population. There is the unique domed `Our Lady of Victory Church', which is often referred to as 'Igloo Church' and is the most photographed building in the Inuvik. In your free time you can take an optional flight to the town of Tuktoyaktuk on the coast of the Arctic Ocean to gain a unique insight into this remote and hardy community. Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

 

Day 8: Dawson City Wake up to your last `sunrise' north of the Arctic circle before boarding your return flight south, back to Dawson City. Here you'll have another chance to sample the legendary Sour-Toe cocktail, we'll let you Google that one or try your hand at gold panning after an enjoyable hike up to Midnight Dome a great look out over the city and a place people have been visiting for years to watch the midnight sun and the changing colours of the night sky. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 9: Whitehorse You follow the trail of the original Sourdough miners along the Yukon River to Whitehorse and wander the streets of this old frontier capital. Surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and the Yukon River, there is no surprise why Whitehorse is known as `The Wilderness City'. With a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Yukon city offers the best of both worlds to anyone who ventures this far. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 10-11: Kluane National Park The Yukon's premier national park, Kluane, beckons you next with a lovely waterside campsite along the shoreline of Lake Kluane. This park is full of mountains and glaciers that include Mount Logan (5959 metres or 19,550 feet) - the highest mountain in Canada. There have been over 100 species of birds recorded in the park including the bald eagle and the rock ptarmigan. You have time to enjoy the splendour of this park, with optional hiking up Sheep Mountain or relaxing by the lake and soaking up the serene beauty. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 12: Tok Tok is an outdoor person's paradise and making it this far north is definitely a feat in itself. Situated on the Alaskan Highway in between the Tanana River and the Alaska Range, Tok's silent plains make it easy to be at one with nature. Just north of Tok is Forty Mile County an incredible area that inspired the likes of Jack London and the Wrangell mountain range to the south, which makes this one epic area of pure wilderness, so make sure you embrace the hiking, fishing and bird watching that is readily available here. Tok is also famous for the world famous Pancake Toss competition that takes place at the Sourdough campground. If you manage to toss the pancake into a bucket, you could win a hearty pancake breakfast the next morning! Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 13-14: Wrangell-St.Elias National Park You travel on to Wrangell-St Elias National Park and spend two nights at Ma Johnson's historic rustic hotel in the 'bush town' of McCarthy. This hotel is a living museum with original artifacts from when the property was first built. The rooms are basic with limited facilities but the lodge is a wonderful place to disconnect, relax and enjoy the scenery. Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the country, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! You'll have plenty of time to explore the historic abandoned copper mining town of Kennecott or hike along the Kennecott and Root Glaciers. Optional activities available include ice climbing, hiking, sightseeing and glacier walking or taking a scenic flight past the towering mountains and endless glaciers to experience this vast and rugged wilderness. Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

 

Day 15-16: Valdez Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees') is tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains. This is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches 1300 kilometres (over 800 miles) to Prudhoe Bay. Enjoy a free day here and a memorable optional activity is kayaking to the foot of either the Shoup Glacier or the larger Columbia Glacier. The Shoup Glacier excursion is a shorter one, but both offer amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 17-18: Kenai Fjords National Park You board the Valdez to Whittier ferry across Prince William Sound where orcas and humpback whales have been spotted on previous trips. You'll be greeted by ever more stunning scenery as you pass by the immense Columbia Glacier en route to the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Optional activities include hiking to views of Exit Glacier, fishing the waters of Resurrection Bay or enjoying an amazing boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, this park covers more than 600,000 acres (2400 square kilometres). You will enjoy spectacular views of this rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains. This is the perfect opportunity for an optional boat cruise to view sea mammals, including pods of orcas. You can also enjoy premier bird watching opportunities and a visit to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea which are all part of this perfect day out. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 19: Kenai Fjords National Park to Anchorage You journey north along the Kenai Peninsula returning to Anchorage in the afternoon where your Alaska Yukon adventure comes to an end. If you're not flying out tonight, it's the perfect opportunity for a farewell dinner and a fine Alaskan brew. This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Activities

Two days in Denali National Park including shuttles

Abundant wildlife viewing

Dawson City - Heart of the Klondike Gold Rush

Cross the Arctic Circle to Inuvik including return flights

Whitehorse - Historic Yukon Capital

Kluane National Park lakeside campsite

Two nights in Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Two nights in Valdez

Scenic ferry across Prince William Sound

Two nights in Kenai Fjords National Park

Scenic walks and hikes

 

Plus you get... Services of a professional tour leader

All transportation by private vehicle

13 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 4 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 1 multi-share cabin. For your own room & tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

> Denali scenic flight US$525

> Wrangell-St Elias Ice climbing US$135

> Dogsled demonstration in Denali US$Free

> Alyeska Mountain aerial tramway US$$20

> Kenai Fjords scenic cruises US$185

> Flight to Tuktoyaktuk (Arctic Ocean) US$500

> Dawson City Gold panning US$6

> Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour US$25

> Ice cave trekking, Wrangell-St Elias US$85

> Mountain biking in Denali, US$16-$57

> Wrangell-St Elias glacier walks US$80-$110

> Wrangell St-Elias scenic flight US$100-$250

> Whitewater rafting in Denali US$87-$117

> Valdez Sea Kayaking US$99-$249

You only need to pay a 10% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

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