ARCTIC CAMPER TOUR | Guided Self-Drive

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Price: $6100
per person
  • 2 People per Camper
  • This is a guided road trip. Your guide with a support vehicle will be there all the way to guide, advise and assist you when needed.
  • All transactions are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added,
Duration:
12 days / 11 nights
Departure Dates:
  • ARV 01/2021
    Jun 12 2021 to Jun 23 2021
Required participants:
Min. 4 / Max. 8
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Arctic Camper Tour truck camper fraserway

Trip Itinerary

Arctic Camper TourDAY 1 | ARRIVAL
Arrival to Whitehorse and transfer from Whitehorse Airport to a hotel in the city center. In the afternoon there is a pre-trip information meeting scheduled where you will meet a representative of Nature Tours of Yukon to hand you your road book, explain details about your trip and answer any questions you may have. Overnight at one of Whitehorse`s downtown hotels.

DAY 2 | WHITEHORSE
In the morning you'll be transfered to Fraserway's rental station to pick up your Truck Camper. At the rental station you will learn the particulars about the vehicle reserved for you, including specific things to pay attention while driving Yukon`s highways and roads.

After your shopping trip to buy groceries for your road trip, the rest of the day is for you to explore Whitehorse. Maybe visit Yukon`s Wildlife Preserve, located near the Takhini Hot Springs, where you will spend the first night in your camper. Overnight at Takhini Hot Springs campground.

DAY 3 | THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
In the morning we hit the road towards Dawson City. The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson already shows us a glimpse of what lies ahead on our way to the Arctic. You will be driving along the famous Alaska and Klondike Highways and there are stops along the way so you can take photos and take in the views. See the Five Finger Rapids and cross some of the great northern rivers: The Yukon, Pelly and Stewart Rivers are on our route today.
Time permitting; you may even consider a side trip on the Silver Trail. You’ll arrive in Dawson City late in the afternoon or early evening. Explore Dawson City on your own this evening. Driving distance is approx. 540 kilometers without side trips. Overnight at one of the RV campgrounds near downtown Dawson City.

DAY 4 | GOLD RUSH IN DAWSON CITY
Today the entire day is dedicated to Dawson City and its Gold Rush history. In the morning you join a walking tour along Dawson’s most interesting historical places, followed by a visit to the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre. After lunch, your guide will lead the way into the Gold Fields, down Bonanza Creek Road to Gold Dredge #4 and the Discovery Claim. Having learned a bit about gold panning, it is time to try your gold panning skills. A visit to the Gold Fields is not complete without a drive up the Midnight Dome, which offers incredible views of Dawson City and the Yukon River, but also of the outstretched Ogilvie Mountains to the North. Driving distance is approx. 80 kilometers. Overnight at one of the RV campgrounds near downtown Dawson City.

DAY 5 | ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Today we’re driving the beautiful Top of The World Highway with its vast landscape and breathtaking vistas. You will have the whole day to take it all in and take a lot of photos. In the evening we are returning to Dawson City, where you can party in Gold Rush style in the notorious Pit at the Westminster. Do you dare to try the famous Sourtoe Cocktail at the Downtown Hotel? Driving distance is approx. 225 kilometers without side trips.
Overnight at one of the RV campgrounds near downtown Dawson City.

DAY 6 | "LARGER THAN LIFE" - LIVE.
After visiting the Pit and maybe getting up close and personal with the Sourtoe Cocktail last night, our small band of Arctic explorers is ready to leave civilization behind. We are driving the Dempster Highway and get to see what all the true North is about. Experience firsthand why they call Yukon “Larger than Life”. Be prepared to be amazed. We will stop frequently to marvel at the immense landscape with alpine creeks, craggy mountains and treeless tundra until we reach Eagle Plains in late afternoon. Here you will find a true northern truck stop, a tiny spot of civilization in the middle of the vast wilderness. Driving distance is approx. 415 kilometers, of which 375 kilometers are gravel road (mind your tires and windshield!!). Overnight at Eagle Plains campground.

DAY 7 | ACROSS THE DOTTED LINE
Today we cross the Arctic Circle. Although the dotted line is hidden under the tundra, there are lots of other nice features to see. As there are: the Arctic Circle interpretive sign, panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains, tundra, more mountain vistas and in the far distance a snowshoe hare – if we’re lucky. 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 drive through Hurricane Alley to the border with Northwest Territories. Once through the last mountain pass, we descend into the seemingly endless Mackenzie River valley. We will cross the Peel River by ferry and continue to the Mackenzie River which is also crossed by river ferry.
Another hour and a half gets you to Inuvik. Driving distance is approx. 380 kilometers without side trips (370 km gravel road). Overnight at the RV campground near downtown Inuvik.

DAY 8 | TO THE ARCTIC OCEAN
This will be another fascinating day! We'll drive the newly constructed road and head north towards the Arctic Ocean.  Driving through the vast tundra and after 180 km we will reach Tuktoyaktuk, a small First Nation village. In "Tuk", the Inuit 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. Our First Nation guide will meet us here, and show us around his village and tell stories about their life in the frozen north. By mid-afternoon we are returning to Inuvik. Driving distance is approx. 280 kilometers without side trips. Overnight at the RV campground near downtown Inuvik.

DAY 9 | DO-OVER
When you drive back to Eagle Plains you will be surprised how different the landscape looks from a south bound angle. Gather new impressions of the infamous Hurricane Alley and the Arctic Circle you’ve visited just a couple of days before. You will have plenty of time to stop on the way to enjoy the scenery once more! Enjoy the Summer Solstice at Eagle Plains. Driving distance is approx. 380 kilometers (370 km gravel road).
Overnight at Eagle Plains Campground.

DAY 10 | THE GOOD OL’ DAYS
Again, the different angle of driving south on the Dempster Highway will keep you amazed of this unspoiled and rugged wilderness. Especially when you enter Tombstone Territorial Park, the views are quite different and equally amazing as before. We are returning to Dawson City for one last night of whooping it up like it was 1898. Driving distance is approx. 415 kilometers (375 kilometers gravel road). Overnight at one of the RV campgrounds near downtown Dawson City.

DAY 11 | ALMOST THERE
For this last day on the road you depart Dawson for Whitehorse and will reach your destination at Takhini Hot Springs for one last night of camping. Prepare your camper for return to the rental station, enjoy a dip in the hot spring waters and bid farewell to camping in Yukon at a cozy campfire. Driving distance is approx. 540 kilometers. Overnight at Takhini Hot Springs campground.

DAY 12 | DEPARTURE
An early day today to drop off your camper early in the morning. A shuttle will bring you to the airport for your flight south, or plan for an optional last night in downtown Whitehorse to get used again to a busier environment.

Trip Includes

  • Rental RV package with:
    - Large pickup truck with camper unit (Truck Camper, type TC)
    - Convenience kits (one per person)
    - Preparation kit
    - Mileage package suitable for the above described itinerary (3,800 free kilometers),
       additional kilometers CA$ 0.55 / km over 3,800 km to be paid upon return of the RV
    - Collision Deductible Reducer Plus; following damages are covered with $0.‐ (ZERO) deductible for:
    Motor vehicle accidents / Collision (including roof and underbody);
    Hit and Run / Vandalism / Vehicle theft / Fire;
    Damage due to break-ins;
    Tire damages;
    Windshield damage;
    General Glass damage;
    Impact with an animal;
    Damages caused by back‐up maneuvers;
    Damages caused as a result of a natural disaster (hail, floods, storms);
    Damages to the interior of the vehicle;
    Replacement cost for lost keys or keys locked inside the vehicle.
    NOTE: Exceptions apply (see Terms & Conditions).
  • Roadside assistance kit (incl. first aid kit, bear spray, satellite telephone)
  • (Airport) Transfers as per itinerary
  • One (1) night of hotel accommodation in Whitehorse, last night optional
  • Ten (10) nights of accommodation in RV campgrounds
  • Guided Whitehorse City Tour
  • Guided Dawson City walking tour, entry to Danoja Zho Cultural Centre, entry to Dredge #4, gold panning at Claim #33, entry to Daimond Tooth Gertie's & Cultural tour with a local guide in Tuktoyaktuk
  • Arctic Circle Certificate
  • Experienced guide and support vehicle.

Trip Excludes

  • Meals, food and beverages
  • Fuel (gas, diesel or propane) for rental vehicle and otherwise
  • Firewood at campgrounds
  • Trip cancellation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancellation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects

Trip Notes

  • This is a guided road trip. Your guide with a support vehicle will be there all the way to guide, advise and assist you when needed.
  • You will have to enter in - and sign - a rental contract for your RV with Fraserway RV rentals in Whitehorse. Their terms and conditions concerning the use of the vehicle will apply for the duration of this trip
  • A full and valid driver’s license from country of origin is required. The driver’s license and credit card must be in the renter’s name. If the driver’s license is in a language other than Roman alphabet, an International Driver’s Permit is required in conjunction with the country of residence driver’s license
  • Minimum age for a driver is 25
  • Additional drivers must show valid driver's license and credit card issued in their name at the time of rental
  • On this tour there is a possibility that there may be last-minute changes to the itinerary due to the nature of the excursion. You may experience unforeseen delays due to temporary (Dempster) highway closures due to weather, road works or other reasons. We'll do our very best to accommodate an alternate itinerary if such delay may occur.