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Summer and winter van tours up the Dempster Highway in northern Yukon


Explore the Dempster Highway and the new highway to the Arctic Ocean on this van tour through northern Yukon and NWT. This trip is for those who want to explore some of the best the North has to offer. From gold panning to mountain ranges to vast arctic tundra this tour has it all!. The Dempster Highway is a highway like no other in the world. A route into the last frontier, a place where people can step into the natural world and experience the awesome beauty of a northern mountain wilderness this is a land which remains largely untraveled.

The first stop on our way to the Arctic is Dawson City, the hearth of the Klondike Gold Rush. Try your hand at gold panning and experience the Klondike gold rush era at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s.

Then we’re off on the road less traveled! Yukon’s Dempster Highway is the only road in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle. Experience the awesome beauty of a northern mountain wilderness; this land remains largely untraveled.

There is lots of wildlife to be seen on your trip on the Dempster Highway. Bear, moose, caribou, fox and many others will cross our path. In autumn you can see the Northern lights dancing over Eagle Plains, an awesome sight indeed.

We’ll cross the Arctic Circle and drive through the notorious Hurricane Alley as we head to Inuvik. And then still we head north - on the new constructed road to Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuit settlement on the shores of the Arctic Obook Arctic Explorercean.

From Klondike Gold Rush history in Dawson City, Northern Lights and pristine mountain ranges to vast arctic tundra; The Arctic Explorer has it all!  It’s the best Nature Tours of Yukon has to offer. Come and explore the Arctic with us.

Always wanted to know how it feels to be an ice road trucker? Come and explore the Arctic on this very exclusive winter trip and discover the best the North has to offer. The Dempster Highway is the only road in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle. Experience the awesome beauty of a northern mountain wilderness. We'll travel over the North's legendary roads, visit Dawson City, see the Northern Lights dance over Eagle Plains and cross the Arctic Circle as we head to Inuvik. And then we head farther north - You'll step in the footsteps of the Ice Road Truckers and drive on the Ice roads in the Mackenzie Delta and the newly constructed road to Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Bus & Van Tours
SEASON

June to September & February to April

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

This is a fully guided road trip with guided hiking, gold panning and sightseeing on the summer tour. 

Winter tour trip options:

Be an ice road trucker for a day. Drive your own car over the ice road: One 4wd SUV per 2 persons. For your safety our guide and SUV with all emergency equipment will accompany you on the ice road. Price: CAD $565 per vehicle. (1- 2 persons per vehicle. LDW, liability insurance and fuel included).

Be a dog musher for a day. Complete your arctic experience with an unique dog sledding trip. You can mush your own dog team and enjoy the arctic landscape from a  whole different perspective. Full day or half day options. Also in combination with snowmobile. Ask us for prices and possibilities.

 

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Purchasing of meals and beverages along the route.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. Package includes ground transportation from Whitehorse to Inuvik and flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse.

WEATHER

In the summer temperatures can average anywhere from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.

In the winter expect daytime highs to range from 0 C to -25 C.

REGION
Northern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

On the summer tour: mini van transportation, driver and guide, all admission fees, entry fees to Dredge #4 and Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling hall, Placer Gold Mine Tour and panning for gold, sightseeing in Dawson City, sightseeing tour in Tuktoyaktuk with an Inuit guide, airport transfers in Whitehorse and Inuvik, safety equipment.

On the winter tour: mini van transportation, driver and guide, Arctic Circle certificate, road trip to Tuktoyaktuk and  ice road trip Aklivik and return, airport transfers in Whitehorse and Inuvik.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

On the summer tours bring a warm jacket, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hiking boots, sneakers, hat, fleece underclothes, gloves.

On the winter tours bring winter coat, fleece underclothes, snow boots, hat, gloves/mitts, scarf, snowpants. Winter clothing rentals available.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in local hotels, lodges and B&B's along the route.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Meals and beverages are not included but available at local restaurants.

8 day tour, available June - September
$3875.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. 2019 dates: June 21-28, July 5-12, July 19-26, August 9-16, Aug 30-Sep 6, 2019. Single supplement is $795.
8 day tour, available February - March
$3875.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates:Feb 2-9, Feb 9-16, Feb 16-23, Feb 23-March 2, March 2-9, March 9-16, March 16-23, March 23-30, 2019. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $795.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation. The balance of the fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip. Cancellation fees are as follows: Until 30 days before departure: 20% of the total amount 29 to 15 days before departure: 50% of the total amount, 14 days or less before departure and less: 100% of the total amount.

8 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

We'll greet you at the airport and bring you to the Hotel in downtown Whitehorse. In the evening your guide will meet you at your hotel and explain the details on our tour to the Arctic. (No meals included)

Day 2

Start of our adventure trip to the north: We’ll drive along the famous Alaska- and Klondike Highways and stop an route to take pictures. See the Five Finger Rapids and cross some of the great northern rivers: Yukon River, Pelly and Stewart River are on our route today. We’ll arrive in Dawson City late in the afternoon. (No meals included.)

Day 3

This whole day is dedicated to Dawson City and its Gold rush history. We'll drive up the mountain to take in the incredible views encompassing the city. We'll visit the gold dredge and we'll try our luck at panning for gold. In the evening we'll visit a gold rush style gambling hall that offers roulette, blackjack, slot machines and we see the spectacular Can-Can Shows. (No meals included)

Day 4

We're off on the road less traveled! We'll leave the last trappings of civilization behind and head north on the Dempster Highway. We'll stop frequently to marvel at the immense landscape with alpine creeks, craggy mountains and treeless tundra. We'll cross several mountain passes to reach Eagle Plains in late afternoon. Here we'll find the only hotel, gas station and repair services along the entire highway. This is not a luxury hotel, but a true northern truck stop, a tiny spot of civilization in the middle of the vast wilderness. (Lunch included)

 

Day 5

For many this day offers the most spectacular views of the trip: we'll cross the Arctic Circle, have panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains and we'll cross in to the Northwest Territories. Once through the last mountain pass, we'll descend into the seemingly endless Mackenzie River valley. We'll cross the Peel River by ferry and we'll continue to the Mackenzie River which we'll also cross by river ferry. Another hour and a half gets us to Inuvik and our hotel room. (No meals included)

 

Day 6

This will be another fascinating day! We’ll drive over the brand new road past the famous Pingos (vegetation covered hills with an ice core) and the lake strewn northern tundra to Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Beaufort Sea. We'll explore the community in the company of an Inuvialuit guide. In "Tuk", the Inuivialuit (Eskimo) population lives a partly traditional life style with hunting, trapping and fishing. The town is nicely situated in a sheltered bay on the Beaufort Sea.  (No meals included)

Day 7

We depart Inuvik for Whitehorse. At the airport we will be picked up and transferred to our hotel in downtown Whitehorse. (No meals included)

Day 8

Depart after breakfast.

8 day tour, available February - March

Day 1

We'll greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Meet your guide and the other participants for an information meeting. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2

White is today’s favorite colour.
The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson shows us already that tiny glimpse of awesomeness that lies ahead to our way to the Arctic. Snow covered roads, snow covered trees, snow covered mountains and ice covered rivers. And a highway lodge snuggled beneath its white blanket, sleeping and waiting for the warm, endless summer days that will come along eventually. Life slows down significantly in the deepfreeze.
Overnight in Dawson. (Lunch included)

Day 3

Sunrise in Dawson City.
After visiting Diamond Tooth Gertie’s and getting up close and personal with the famous sour toe cocktail last night, our small band of Arctic explorers is ready to leave civilisation behind.
We’ll driving the Dempster Highway and get to see what all the fuss is about. Time to experience firsthand why they call Yukon “larger than life”. Be prepared to be amazed.

This is what one of our guest wrote about this day:
“We were prepared to be amazed our first day on the Dempster Highway and we saw indeed what all the fuss is about. Let me tell you that “Yukon; Larger than life” is an understatement. This land is much, much more than “larger than life” We were not only amazed;. It was breathtaking. It was…. Well, actually there are no words to do this land justice. -Lost for words-“.
(Lunch included). Overnight in Eagle Plains.

 

Day 4

Across the dotted line.
After an amazing night, with the sky ablaze with twinkling stars and Northern Lights, and with a hearty breakfast in our tummies, we are off to the Arctic Circle. Alas; the dotted line is hidden under a thick pack of snow, but there are lots of other nice features to see. As there are: the Arctic Circle interpretive sign, panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains, snow, mountains, more snow, more mountains, a snow hare and in the far distance hundreds of caribou.
We’ll keep driving north, and the “larger than life” theme gets to a “very, very much larger than life” stage real quick, when we cross in to the Northwest Territories. Once through the famous mountain pass, apt named Hurricane Alley, we descend into the seemingly endless Mackenzie River valley.

At this point, the landscape changes dramatically from endless mountain ranges in to endless flat tundra. We'll cross the Peel River and the Mackenzie River by ways that is novel for most of us: an ice bridge! And no; they did not build a bridge from ice blocks like you would build an ice hotel; it’s just a very sturdy sheet of ice that will support the weight of large semi-trucks.
Another hour and a half gets us to Inuvik and the hotel for the next nights. (Lunch included.)

Day 5

To the Arctic Ocean.
This will be another fascinating day! We'll drive the newly constructed road and head north towards the frozen Polar Sea.  We’ll drive true the vast the frozen tundra and after 180 km we'll reach Tuktoyaktuk, a small Inuit town. In "Tuk", the Inuit (Eskimo) population lives a partly traditional life style with hunting, trapping and fishing but the oil and gas industry is also very evident in and around the town. The town is nicely situated in a sheltered bay on the Beaufort Sea. We'll meet up with our Inuit guide, who will show you and tell stories about their life in the frozen north. By mid-afternoon we'll return to Inuvik. (Lunch included)

 

Day 6

You want ice with that view?
Today we’ll drive on another ice road through the Mackenzie Delta to the small Inuit settlement of Aklavik (120km). This ice road follows the smaller arms of the Mackenzie, there is a good chance of seeing wildlife on this ice road. In Aklavik we have time to look at the houses and have a hot chocolate at the local store before returning to Inuvik. (Lunch included)

Trip option: Complete your arctic experience with an unique dog sledding trip. You can mush your own dog team and enjoy the arctic landscape from a  whole different perspective. 
Full day or half day options. Also in combination with snowmobile. Ask us for prices and possibilities.

Day 7

A do-over by fly-over.
We depart Inuvik for Whitehorse. At the airport you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. (Lunch included)

Day 8

After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure!