Arctic Discovery Tour
- Single room supplement CAD $740
- Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
- All transactions are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added,
- Be part of an elite group; Few people have the opportunity to join us on this Arctic adventure.
- FullADT 01/2017Feb 4 2017 to Feb 11 2017Available Spaces:0
- ADT 02/2017Feb 11 2017 to Feb 18 2017
- ADT 03/2017Feb 18 2017 to Feb 25 2017
- ADT 04/2017Feb 25 2017 to Mar 4 2017
- ConfirmedADT 05/2017Mar 4 2017 to Mar 11 2017Available Spaces:2
- ADT 06/2017Mar 11 2017 to Mar 18 2017
- ADT 07/2017Mar 18 2017 to Mar 25 2017
- ADT 08/2017Mar 25 2017 to Apr 1 2017
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. (No meals included)
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 The ice beneath our wheels.
This will be another fascinating day! We'll join the ice road truckers and drive onto the ice of a side arm of the Mackenzie River and head north towards the frozen Polar Sea. (Trip option: Drive your own car over the ice road! ($210 p.p.) You’ll be amazed about the thickness of the ice (up to 1.5 m)). We’ll drive past remote cabins and frozen in tug boats. After 180 km we'll make landfall at 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. You can take photos of the old mission ship, cabins, small boats and the many tied up dogs. 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)
After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure! (No meals included)
- Airport transfers in Whitehorse and Inuvik.
- 7 nights accommodation in hotels and motels.
- All transportation as per itinerary
- Packed lunch as stated (L).
- Arctic Circle certificate.
- Scheduled flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse.
- Fees and licenses.
- Emergency equipment including satellite phone.
- Experienced driver / guide for the duration of the tour.
- Meals and beverages other then stated.
- Arctic Winter clothing. (rental is available)*Advance booking required*
- Trip cancelation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancelation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects.
- With our uncompromising small-group policy, we limit the number of guests in each vehicle to below capacity, ensuring a more comfortable and more personalized experience.
- Average temperatures at this time of winter are between -2° and - 24° Celsius (28 to -31 Fahrenheit), but extremes may be as low as -45° Celsius (-50 Fahrenheit). We ask you to bring adequate clothing to withstand these temperatures. Upon request you can rent a clothing package from Nature Tours of Yukon.
- Nature Tours of Yukon provides all necessary emergency equipment for traveling in winter conditions, including satellite phone.
- On this tour there is a possibility that there may be last-minute changes to the itinerary due to the nature of the excursion. We may experience unforeseen delays due to weather or other reasons. We'll do our best to provide an alternate program of equivalent importance and value, and of a similar nature.
- You will be required to sign a 'release of claims and waiver of liability' form prior to the departure of this tour.
- See our Arctic brochure or Aurora brochure for more travel inspiration.
- 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.