Arctic Exploration

Arctic Exploration

Spectacular Dempster Highway, Tuktoyaktuk & the Arctic Ocean

In the next eleven days, you will discover Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, the southern Yukon with Emerald Lake, Carcross with the smallest desert on earth, Carcross Desert and experience the first whiff of the Klondike Gold Rush.

On the way north we drive on the North Klondike Highway, which leads us directly to the capital of the Klondike Gold Rush and former capital of the territory, to Dawson City. We experience the Gold Rush atmosphere of the late 19th century as a gold digger. The journey continues on one of the wildest and most adventurous highways in North America, the Dempster Highway.

We experience grandiose landscapes, see the Tombstone Mountains and stay overnight in the only accommodation on the 770km long distance towards the Arctic Ocean, in Eagle Plains.

At the Arctic Circle, we toast to its crossing and pass a short time later the border to the Northwest Territories. The further north we get now, the more barren and less overgrown the landscape presents itself to us. The Richardson Mountains are another highlight before we drive along the Ogilvie Ridge to places like Tsighetchik and Fort Mc Pherson.

Inuvik is our base camp for the actual highlight of the tour – our Drive to the Arctic Ocean, to Tuktoyaktuk.

Itinerary "Arctic Exploration"

Day 1

Arrival in Whitehorse

Welcome to Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon, the true north of Canada. Your travel guide will personally pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. They will happily provide you with some interesting facts about buildings and other things at the wayside.

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After checking into your hotel and receiving a refreshment, your travel guide will meet up with you again to review your future experiences.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

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Day 2

Whitehorse

On the first day in Northern Canada, we will explore the city of Whitehorse on a sightseeing tour. Among other sights, we will see the historic paddle steamer “SS Klondike.”

After learning some exciting facts about Yukon, we will pay a visit to Yukon Wildlife Preserve situated a bit outside. This place accommodates all known animal species of the North in a near-natural environment, except for bears.

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We can marvel at the animals during a hike, view them in their habitat, and take photos.

Apart from elks and deer, we may spot bison, thinhorn sheep, mountain goats, polar foxes, caribou and many other species. If desired, you can book a bus tour to explore the wildlife preserve by bus.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

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Day 3

Drive to Carcross

Driving down the South Klondike Highway, today we will explore Carcross, the small Indigenous community notably visited by William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on their 2016 tour.

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With the backdrop of the majestic mountain landscapes around us, we will visit the Carcross Desert, the World’s Smallest Desert, and learn the thrilling history of the Klondike Gold Rush on the frozen shores of Bennett Lake.

Later, we will start our return trip to Whitehorse.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

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Day 4

Drive to Dawson City

On this day, we will travel from Whitehorse along the North Klondike Highway to the historic capital of the Great Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson City.

Passing through plenty of gorgeous picturesque landscapes along the way, we’ll also stop at the dreaded Five Finger Rapids and see first-hand the terrifying river which sank many paddle steamers both during and after the Gold Rush.

Navigating these incredible rocks took enormous courage and skill – sadly taking many prospectors’ lives along the way.

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As we arrive in Dawson City in the late afternoon, we will check into our hotel. We will spend the evening in one of the historic bars in town.

Overnight stay in Dawson City.

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Day 5

Dawson City

On our drive through Bonanza valley, we will make multiple stops at the historic sites of the Gold Rush. First, at the giant wood excavator Dredge No 4, where we will learn how it and other massive gold excavators were extracting gold up until the 1940s.

Then following that, we will stop by Discovery Claim, the spot where the first Klondike gold was found in Bonanza Creek.

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Later in the afternoon, we will bring our trip to a close-by driving to the top of Midnight Dome, Dawson City’s famous local mountain.

Midnight Dome offers a marvellous view over the town and the Yukon River and Klondike River. The evening is at your free disposal.

Overnight stay in Dawson City.

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Day 6

Dempster Highway, drive to Eagle Plains.

Today our adventure on Dempster Highway begins. We will take the first kilometres on 770 kilometre-long Dempster Highway, the only road connection from Yukon to the north of Canada, leading to Northwest Territories.

The gravel road will make for a thrilling ride while making many stops to take photos and take in the stunning, endless scenery.

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One of the stops will be an impressive view of the Tombstone Mountains. We will spend the night in the only hotel/motel on our journey northwards, in Eagle Plains.

The motel is also the sole petrol station on our trip.

Overnight stay in Eagle Plains.

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Day 7

Drive to Inuvik

Eagle Plains is separated only a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle itself. As we cross the 66th parallel north, we will toast with a glass of sparkling wine on the lookout point. Shortly afterwards, we will pass the border from Yukon to Northwest Territories.

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On our further way northwards, we will cross the gorgeous Richardson Mountains and gaze at their seemingly endless mountain ranges, as well as passing several villages, one of them being Tsiigehtchic.

We will cross the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers via ice-bridge, before reaching Fort McPherson. This is where the Lost Patrol memorial is located, making it one of Canada’s most important historical sites.

Finally, we will arrive at our accommodation in Inuvik in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay in Inuvik.

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Day 8

Drive to Tuktoyaktuk

At this point, we will have put most of Dempster Highway behind us. However, there is a permanent road connection to the Arctic Ocean since November 2017, making it possible to head northwards even during the summer months.

Travelling on the ITH Highway, which connects Inuvik with the small Inuit settlement Tuktoyaktuk, is a very own highlight on its own.

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The highway was built on permafrost ground at significant expense and under extreme conditions. Travelling this road is an endeavour of a particular kind.

In Tuk, we will do a short city tour and walk on the frozen Arctic Ocean. Afterwards, we will travel the Inuvik-Tuk-Highway in the opposite direction, taking us back to our hotel in Inuvik.

Overnight stay in Inuvik.

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Day 9

Return flight to Whitehorse

This day will mark the end of 10 unforgettable days in the polar region. As we bid farewell to the Arctic, we take our return flight to Whitehorse, where the afternoon and evening are free to spend at your disposal.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

Day 10

Return flight / individual connecting program

Today we will finally bid farewell to Yukon. You will leave not without many unforgettable impressions or will continue your journey at your discretion.

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