19 days

Alaska, Yukon & Arctic Circle

Alaska, Yukon & Arctic Circle

Inuvik

Kenai Fjords National Park

Denali National Park

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Anchorage

Trip rating
  • Alaska, Yukon and the Arctic Circle – the Last Frontier! Experience the refuges of wilderness on one of our most remote and extreme adventures in North America, encounter the amazing variety of wildlife that live in such places and experience a diverse array of incomparable scenery ranging from tundra, taiga and snow-capped mountains to pristine rivers, ice-blue lakes and glaciers. Denali National Park offers breathtaking wildlife viewing opportunities against the backdrop of Mount McKinley – the highest peak in North America. Dawson City and the Yukon conjure up reminders of the trailblazing days of the pioneers when a journey here was akin to reaching the far ends of the earth. In Inuvik, Canada’s northernmost town, we witness the lifestyle of the hardy Inuit people. This is a journey that is always captivating and often astounding in the way we witness nature at its most raw.

    Why we love it

    • Encounter an amazing variety of wildlife and experience a diverse array of incomparable scenery ranging from tundra, taiga and snow-capped mountains to pristine rivers, ice-blue lakes and glaciers.
    • Denali National Park offers breathtaking wildlife viewing opportunities against the backdrop of Mount McKinley – the highest peak in North America.
    • Dawson City and the Yukon conjure up reminders of the trailblazing days of the pioneers when a journey here was akin to reaching the far ends of the earth.
    • In Inuvik, Canada’s northernmost town, witness the lifestyle of the hardy Inuit people.
    • This journey is captivating, the raw, wild beauty will take your breath away.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Anchorage - Denali National Park

    • Your tour will start at 7:30am at the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites in Anchorage. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour. 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’. After leaving Anchorage we travel north to Denali National Park and Preserve for our three-night stay in cabins at Carlo Creek.
    • On the way to Denali stop at Talkeetna where you can try reindeer sausage and also see where the climbers for Mt McKinley set off from.
    Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites or similar

    Day 2-3 - Denali National Park

    • Denali National Park is where nature survives in a timeless state. Surrounding Mount McKinley, at 6196 metres (20,327 feet) the tallest mountain peak in North America, grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves all roam the park. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstrations or walking on a quiet nature trail are available near the lovely campground setting bordering the park.
    • The following days will be free to explore the backcountry.
    • 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 limitless hiking options. For a real treat 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! You will also see a free dog sled demonstration today.
    • Please note that accommodation in Denali National Park is in twin-share cabins.

    Day 4 - Alaska Range

    • You will head into the heart of the Alaska mountain range where you will then spend a night camping. Here you will experience the quiet lakes of the tundra 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.
    • This range is actually the highest mountain range in North America and includes Mount McKinley - the highest peak in North America, measuring an impressive 6196 metres (20,327 feet). Also with this range are three national parks - Kluane, Wrangell-St Elias and Mount McKinley, which was later re-named Denali National Park and Preserve.

    Day 5 - Dawson City

    • Heading north on the scenic ‘Top of the World Highway’, you will 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.
    • It was the capital of the Yukon until 1952 when Whitehorse became the capital. It is hard to believe that 40,000 people were here in 1896 during the Klondike Gold rush, but by 1899 there were only 8000 people that remained.
    • Dawson City featured in the writings of Jack London, famous for his novel, ‘The Call of the Wild’. You will camp by the banks of the mighty Yukon River and those interested can try their luck with gambling at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Saloon.

    Day 6-7 - Inuvik

    • Today you will fly across the Arctic Circle on your way to Inuvik - Canada's northernmost town! Be prepared for some remote and sparse facilities as you experience first-hand the lifestyle and cultures of the Dene, Metis and Inuvialuit peoples who inhabit in 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’. 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.

    Day 8 - Dawson City

    • Return by plane to Dawson City. You will have another chance to sample the legendary Sour-Toe cocktail, try your hand at gold panning or enjoy a hike up to Midnight Dome.

    Day 9 - Whitehorse

    • You will follow the trail of the original Sourdough miners along the Yukon River to Whitehorse and wander the streets of this old frontier capital. Whitehorse is named after the White Horse Rapids in Yukon, which resembles the mane of a white horse.
    • It is also the largest city in the Yukon with a population of over 26,000. In your free time here, why not go for an optional horseback ride with the gang at Sky High Ranch?

    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 will have time to enjoy the splendour of this park. Options include hiking up Sheep Mountain or relaxing by the lake and soaking up the serene beauty.

    Day 12 - Tok

    • You will travel back to USA and the state of Alaska. The small community of Tok sits at 487 metres (1600 feet) high in the mountains and is located on the junction of the Glenn Highway and the first Alaskan Highway, built in the 1940s.
    • With a sizeable number of its 1400 inhabitants being of native Athabascan origin, this town is also the home of 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!

    Day 13-14 - Wrangell-St Elias National Park

    • You will travel on to Wrangell-St Elias National Park and spend two nights at the wonderfully eclectic ranch in the ‘bush town’ of McCarthy. Bordering Canada’s Yukon Territory, this stunning 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 will 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.
    MCCarthy Lodge or similar

    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.
    • You will 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.
    • On one night here you will have a BBQ to cook fresh fish and meat - tou will be expected to help out with the prep and cooking!

    Day 17-18 - Kenai Fjords National Park

    • You'll board the Valdez to Whittier ferry across Prince William Sound, where you will 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 get to enjoy spectacular views of this rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains and also look out for sea mammals, including pods of orcas. It is also a premier bird watching opportunity and a visit to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea are all part of this perfect day out.

    Day 19 - Anchorage

    • In the morning you'll visit Portage Glacier where the leader will take you on a one mile hike to Byron Glacier.
    • On your final day you will journey north along the Kenai Peninsula and return to Anchorage, where the tour concludes upon arrival at approximately 5pm at the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites.
    • Optional post-tour accommodation is available - please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Anchorage tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of an expert tour leader.
    • Sightseeing and entrance fee to national parks.
    • Transport in a customised vehicle and ferry.
    • All meals when camping.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport transfers, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, sleeping bag, any optional tours and activities, tips and items of a personal nature.
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Sleeping bag
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    There’s no feedback available on this trip yet. If you’ve been on this trip and would like to contribute a review, rating or simply make a comment then please get in touch.

  • From our Blog

    5 top National Parks in the USA

    Take a journey around some of Mother Nature’s most wonderful creations on a tour of five of America’s greatest national parks:

    1. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
    Think big; towering geysers, wild grizzly bears and spectacular prismatic springs, all nestled between grand...

    Read on...

    Kids choice: Picking the perfect family holiday

    My name is Ben, I’m just a normal teenager. I struggle to get out of bed before 10, I find talking to my parents painful and school is a drag. The only thing that makes school liveable is the thought of holidays and the opportunity to travel around the globe.

    So parents, here is my guide to...

    Read on...

    Feast Cookalong: Sticky buns

    Alix Clark is the editor of SBS food magazine Feast. In this regular series, she will choose a different dish from Feast magazine and recreate it in her own kitchen:

    Exciting news this month as the food I cooked looked pretty much exactly like the dish in the magazine. This month’s cover is a...

    Read on...

    San Fran...not just a bridge!

    Celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge are currently underway in San Francisco.

    After opening on May 27, 1937 it became one of the most astonishing and admired man-made wonders of the world, gracing millions of postcards and featuring in countless films.

    Since...

    Read on...

    Top 5 attractions along Route 66

    If you've seen Billy Connolly's new 6-part TV series, "Billy Connolly's Route 66" you'll no doubt be ready to feel the wind in your hair and the tarmac whizzing along under your tyres in the USA.

    Connolly's a brilliant host, with a unique way of connecting with the...

    Read on...
From US $5099
*Per Person, Twin Share

Select a trip date below

Trip Start Dates
Trip Duration
Guaranteed Departure Start Date
Trip Selected:
Price: US $
Start:
End:
Discount price: US $

*Please note: To receive the discounted price for this departure, please enter the Promo Code at Step 4 of the booking form.

No Code available
View all departures

Trip at a glance

Trip Code PNPYK
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Anchorage, Alaska, United States
End City: Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Style: Small Group

What to know

This trip is run by our experienced sister company Grand American Adventures.

Contact an expert

1-800-663-5132We'll call you

Simply enter your details and we'll call you back within the next business day.