About Nature Tours of Yukon
At Nature Tours of Yukon, we truly believe that “Experience MATTERS™”
And for us, experience really does matter - both in the amazing experiences we promise our guests, and in the depth of experience embodied by our staff who live in Yukon year round, and are fully equipped to provide your trip with a wealth of that oh-so-important local expertise.
We are licensed to conduct tours in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska.
Nature Tours of Yukon is fully licensed.
We are licensed by Parks Canada (CA) and National Park Service (USA) to conduct tours in
- Kluane National Park;
- Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site;
- SS Klondike Historic Site;
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska.
Nature Tours of Yukon is one of the founding operators of the Wilderness Tourism Association of Yukon. We have Yukon Wilderness Tourism License # 004 and we hold a Tourism Operator Licence for Northwest Territories.
All our guides have a current Wilderness First Aid license.
The difference Nature Tours of Yukon makes.
Nature adventures are only as good as your guide. Despite all the intricate planning that goes into creating a superlative adventure in nature, we know a successful trip can only happen with an extraordinary guide at the helm. That’s why we're proud to have a collection of fine Yukon wilderness guides! Not many companies undertake in-depth guide training as we do. Nature Tours of Yukon has the most experienced guides available in Yukon.
Can you imagine trying to walk silently along a secluded trail, trying not to disturb wildlife, with 20 or 30 other travellers? Or stepping ashore on a remote river to explore pristine boreal wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know that meaningful encounters with nature must take place in small groups. That's why our trips average just five to twelve guests, by far the smallest group size in the industry. This not only guarantees you much more personal close-up wildlife encounters, it also ensures a lower-impact on the planet's special places.
The best vehicles. As a company that offers adventures all over Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories, we use many different types of vehicles, from 4x4 luxury cars for exploring the arctic and ice roads, to vans and trailers to transport you and your equipment to the river or trail. The one consistent element is that our vehicles are always the best available, providing the safest and most comfortable ride. Further, with our uncompromising small-group policy, we also limit the number of travellers in each vehicle to below capacity (and well below other industry practices), ensuring a more comfortable and more personalized travel experience.
We know our way around the North. We have driven almost every mile of highway and know the back roads. We have paddled the rivers, walked the trails, been licked by sled dogs, snowshoed the mountain trails, spent nights under the stars and watched the Aurora Borealis.
Nature Tours of Yukon has been based in Whitehorse for 30 years. We are a member of Wilderness Tourism Association Yukon (WTAY), Tourism Industry Association Yukon (TIA Yukon), Tourism Industry Association Canada (TIAC), Canadian Signature Experience program (by TIAC), Tourism Operator - Northwest Territories, Chamber of Commerce Whitehorse, Chamber of Commerce Yukon, Travel Industry Designator Service by IATA (TIDS).
Our goal is to be your one-stop shop for year-round wilderness adventures, travel and accommodation in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska.
Our team of skilled, professional, licensed guides and drivers will always go the extra mile to provide you, our guest, with a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience. We are proud to say that many of our customers came as guests and return as friends.
Say hi to:
The people that will make your adventure special:
Our fabulous and amazing guides!
The 'behind the scenes' people:
My name is Joost van der Putten. I'm the President and General Manager of Nature Tours of Yukon Inc. After being quite successful in project management traveling all over the world, I chose Yukon tourism as my new career. I'm an expert in planning and organizing and strive to take Nature Tours of Yukon’s service to a level above and beyond the ordinary. I also use my organizing skills as board member of the Wildernes Tourism Association Yukon. (Former president of the board at the Yukon Quest (Yukon), former board member of TIA Yukon and Yukon's Tourism Marketing Committee.) I'm multi-lingual and speak English, Deutsch, Français and Nederlands.
Hi, my name is Josi.
I'm most likely the first person you talk to when planning your adventure with Nature Tours of Yukon. Originally from Germany, I know the area around Whitehorse and my favorite city Dawson City like the back of my hand. I've been hiking in Kluane National Park and have been driving the Dempster Highway in winter.
My favorite season is winter; I spend many nights outside under the Northern Lights. I love sled dogs and most of my free time in winter you can find me dog sledding and volunteering with dogsled races.
In the short Yukon summer I love to explore and camp out during almost 24 hours of daylight. Ask me about my experiences and how I can help you fill your time in the Yukon with exciting things to do!
Hi, my name is Robert Siefke. I’m the Lead Guide.
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Hello there! I’m Conny, your friendly Accounts / Office Manager. I try to keep everything here organized. I also lend a hand where ever it’s needed: Driving transfers, cleaning gear, making coffee....... I have 25 years of experience in bookkeeping and computer application management. I love nature, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. And every time I see the Northern Lights dancing, I’m in awe. Besides my work for Nature Tours of Yukon I am an artist. I like to paint landscapes and abstracts inspired by nature. The vast wilderness of the Yukon is the perfect inspiration for me. (I speak English, Nederlands and Deutsch).
And there you have it folks! Now you know. We hope to see you soon in our beautiful Yukon.
At Nature Tours of Yukon we pride ourselves in delivering a high standard of service and safety.
-Safety measures and operational plan are in place. -Please bring your own face mask (required).
Measures might change depending on the recommendations by the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Nature Tours of Yukon is highly valued for its thoughtful curated experiences and tailored itineraries.
Nature Tours of Yukon is the #1 go-to for Bucket List worthy experiences in Alaska and Canada's Yukon & Northwest Territories. When you travel with Nature Tours of Yukon, you'll go where few others do.
The Program You Can Trust.
Tour operators with tours in the Canadian Signature Experience Collection are vetted by Destination Canada and Yukon Tourism along strict quality criteria, so you can be confident you're getting experiences that are uniquely Yukon.
You can trust the operator to deliver, whenever you see the Canadian Signature Experience logo on their site.