Fall Aurora Fly Drive Adventure
A Guided Round Trip Journey By Air and Land Across The Arctic Circle.

The Arctic Circle Aurora Fly Drive provides an opportunity to experience Alaska’s Arctic by air one way and guided ground tour the other way. A Guided Round Trip Journey By Land Across The Arctic Circle. Travel north by day to experience Alaska’s Arctic and south by night to scan the northern skies for the amazing aurora.

Schedule:
 Operates Daily 
August 21 – September 18

Hotel transfer pick-up  11:45 am
Check-in at Terminal:  12:00 pm 
Depart Fairbanks: 1:00 pm and return between 3:30 am and 4:30 am

Includes: Tour, Extra Night Hotel at the Westmark, all transfers.
Meals not included unless specified in Tour.

Note* Due to the schedule of the Fall Aurora Fly Drive Adventure this Tour would only be available for passengers on our Aug Aug 20 and Sept 3 sailings.


(4 persons minimum) The tour is subject to cancellation if the minimum required is not met

 

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Tour Summary:

1:00 pm Depart Fairbanks by air. Due to rapid changing weather conditions in Alaska’s Arctic it is not unusual for flight times to be delayed from 15 minutes to over an hour. 
2:10 pm Arrive Coldfoot, 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle. 3-4 pm Depart Coldfoot on guided ground tour.  Arctic Circle. Outhouse restroom facilities available. 
8:00 pm Arrive Yukon River. Outhouse restroom facilities available. Dinner on your own. Meals available for purchase at the Yukon River. 
Approx 11:00 pm Arctic Circle Trading Post- Homestead. Outhouse restroom facilities available. Scan the skies for the Northern Lights with a guide. 
Approx 3:30 am - Arrive Fairbanks 
4:30 am Return Shuttle: Return shuttles to your Fairbanks -based hotel is included in your Tour




NEW for 2020
HOMESTEAD AURORA ( Added to the itinerary )
The Fall Arctic Circle Aurora Fly Drive. Stay out later on your Arctic Circle Fall Aurora Fly Drive during the time right before and after Solar Midnight. This is the time the scientists have identified as the most active in Alaska. As your Arctic Circle Fall Aurora Fly Drive returns to Fairbanks there is a stop at approximately 11:00 PM in Joy, Alaska at the Arctic Circle Trading Post. There guests who have added the Homestead Aurora will meet their new guide who will share more information on life in Alaska’s Arctic while you scan the darkened sky for the Aurora Borealis.

 

SAFETY IN THE WILDERNESS
It is important that travelers with Northern Alaska Tour Company understand that Alaska’s Arctic is a truly remote wilderness region. Traveling through vast wilderness stretches requires adequate time and preparation. Weather or mechanical factors, albeit infrequent, can result in multi-hour delays. Medical facilities are limited. Limited communication and transportation infrastructure inherently cause evacuation for illness or other emergency situations to take, at the very best, several hours to conduct. For this reason, travelers to this region should be of reasonable health and physical condition. 

The above is only intended to provide an approximate tour itinerary. The exact schedule of each tour varies day-to-day and is dictated by the interests of the group and unique events of the day not by a rigid pre-set itinerary.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR Fall AURORA FLY DRIVE ADVENTURE

TOUR VEHICLES
Northern Alaska Tour Company strives to provide a personalized touring experience. Touring is done in small groups utilizing a 25-passenger tour coach. Occasionally, a 10-passenger van is used for smaller groups or special circumstances. The flight portion of the tour is typically conducted in 8-passenger to 19-passenger twin-engine aircraft.

GUIDES
Northern Alaska Tour Company strives to provide a personalized touring experience. Touring is done in small groups utilizing a 25-passenger tour coach. Occasionally, a 10-passenger van is used for smaller groups or special circumstances. The flight portion of the tour is typically conducted in 8-passenger to 19-passenger twin-engine aircraft.

Northern Alaska Tour Company guides are highly-trained Alaskans who are able to share their unique understanding of Alaska with you based on their personal experiences. We are confident that you will find the level of service provided by your guide to be as high or higher than you have ever before experienced. 

RESTROOMS
In the event the vehicle is not equipped with a restroom, frequent rest stops are made along the tour route. The longest time period between stops is approximately 2 1/2 hours. 

SMOKING 
The inside of the vehicle is maintained as a smoke-free environment. There are numerous opportunities to smoke outside the vehicle throughout the day.

GUEST SAFETY 
Guest safety is our foremost priority. Guides are licensed to operate commercial vehicles. Tour vehicles are CB radio and satellite phone equipped. Weather conditions always dictate safe flight altitude. At times it is necessary to fly above cloud cover, thus reducing or even eliminating aerial visibility.

GRATUITIES
Gratuities Policy: As with other service industries tips are not required but are used to reward guides for a job well done. Standard tip amounts for a tour range from $10.00-$20.00+ per guest for excellent service. 

ALTERATION
PLEASE NOTE: Guest safety always takes precedence over convenience. On rare occasions, weather or other uncontrollable circumstances may require alteration/cancellation of a portion or all of the scheduled tour itinerary.

WHAT TO WEAR
Dress for comfort, not to impress. Wear comfortable walking-type shoes that can get a bit soiled in the event of rain, dress in layers, and bring a medium-weight jacket. 

FLIGHT WEIGHT
At the time of reservation, please provide the individual weight of each member of the tour party. The weight is required for proper balance of aircraft used for the flight portion of the tour. 

CERTIFICATES 
At the time of reservation, please provide correctly spelled first and last names of each person in the party. Each name provided will appear on an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.

INCLUSIONS 
The tour price includes guided ground tour, and air transportation. Dinner is NOT included in the tour price. Guests may bring their own evening meal or purchase a meal at the Yukon River. Options to select from include cheeseburgers, chicken caprese, grilled salmon, halibut and steak.

TOUR LENGTH 
The tour is typically 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 hours in length. Approximately 7 hours are spent in the tour vehicle, 1 hour is spent in the aircraft. The remaining time is spent exploring the sights. The tour departs Fairbanks by air at 1:00 pm and returns by ground approximately between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. Due to rapidly changing weather conditions in Alaska’s Arctic it is not unusual for afternoon flight departure time to be delayed from 15 minutes to over an hour. Guest safety is our foremost priority and potential delays are simply an unavoidable aspect of flying in Alaska’s Arctic.

BAGGAGE WEIGHT LIMIT
Baggage is limited to 5—10 pounds per person. Luggage over 10 pounds is subject to excess freight charges.

SEAT ROTATION 
Guest seating is rotated throughout the day. Thus, each guest is provided with a variety of different viewing perspectives and the opportunity to interact with others on the tour. 
Optional Tour:

HOMESTEAD AURORA ADD-ON:
Enjoy a lengthened evening at Joy, Alaska for a unique homestead cabin visit as you scan the sky for Northern Lights. Visit includes complimentary hot beverages. Begins during return trip approximately 11:00 pm and returns between 3:30-4:30 am.