From the Arctic Ocean
to the Pacific Ocean

From the Arctic Ocean<br/>to the Pacific Ocean

This 15-day tour adventure will take you all across the Canadian Northwest and parts of Southeast Alaska. From high alpine peaks to the boreal tundra and the Arctic Ocean, this incomparable journey crosses borders and thousands of kilometres along the Alaska Highway, Haines Road, Klondike Highway, Campbell Highway, Dempster Highway, and Canada’s newest highway, the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH).

Along the way, you will get the chance to be immersed in the local history, from First Nations and Inuit people of the North to the construction of the Alaska Highway and the biggest Gold Rush of all time.

Furthermore, you will constantly be in presence of the unimaginable natural beauty of the Western and Northern Canadian landscape and wildlife. From riding a ferry on the waves of the Pacific Ocean, all the way to dipping your feet into the Bering Sea (Arctic Ocean), your journey to the Arctic Circle will create unforgettable memories that you will forever cherish.

 

Self-driving Option

This guided tour can also be booked as a self-drive package.

You drive yourself (completely Corona-safe) in your own rental SUV and benefit at the same time from our tour guide. We will provide you with a detailed route book and a radio set, with which you can contact your tour guide during your trip.

You also can choose using your own SUV for this tour.

 

Your health and safety is our top priority!

In addition to our small group guarantee, we will provide face masks, hand-sanitizer and regularly disinfect the tour vehicle.

Itinerary "From the Arctic Ocean
to the Pacific Ocean"

Day 1

Day 1

We welcome you to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon.

Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to the hotel you will be staying at.

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We will provide you with a short, scenic overview of the local area along the way, and then once you have checked-in with your hotel, give you a moment to recharge. Afterwards, you will meet up with your tour guide once more, who will give you a run-through of the experiences and adventures of the coming days.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse

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Day 2

Day 2

With our first morning in the North, we begin our journey from the top, flying up north 200 kilometres past the Arctic Circle to the far-northern town of Inuvik.

 

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Once we’ve arrived, we will take a short tour of the Arctic settlement and make a visit to its famous Igloo Church (subject to seasonal hours). This distinctive structure was designed to resemble the traditional Inuit snow shelter and required special construction considerations to account for the shifting permafrost underneath.


Overnight stay in a hotel in Inuvik.

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Day 3

Day 3

On the third day of our journey, we will voyage to the world’s most remote sea at the end of the world: the Arctic Ocean.

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We take a ride down the ITH – Canada’s newest highway, an engineering marvel built over the deepest layers of permafrost. This makes it the first all-season connection to the Arctic Ocean and the Inuit community of Tuktoyaktuk. Along the way, make sure to catch a sight of the pingos, a vast sea of unique permafrost hills created by expanding ice cores.

After a journey of 134 kilometres, we arrive at Tuktoyaktuk and the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Follow the tradition and dip at least your toe into the Arctic Ocean, and join the exclusive 0.000001% of people who have ever accomplished this journey. You will even get the chance to take home a certificate, proving you’ve reached the furthest north. We will then return to Inuvik.

Overnight stay in hotel in Inuvik

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Day 4

Day 4

With the Arctic Ocean behind us, Day 4 is D-Day, as our adventure on the Dempster highway begins and we start our journey to its sister ocean – The Pacific.

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Leaving Inuvik, we will drive approximately half of the rugged 741 kilometre-long gravel road. This highway is truly unique, as the only road connection from Northwest Territories to the Yukon, it is absolutely massive and endlessly surrounded by the isolated, untouched beauty of the Northern landscape. Along the way, we will travel through the stunningly impressive Richardson Mountains and also cross the Peel and Mackenzie River by ferry. Then, just before hitting our final stop of the day at Eagle Plains, we will pass the 66th parallel, and share a toast to mark our milestone of driving across the Arctic Circle.

Overnight stay at the motel in Eagle Plains

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Day 5

Day 5

We pick up on the fifth day of our tour continuing down the Dempster Highway, with a special stop to the vast, untouched Tombstone Territorial Park, before ending in Dawson City, home of the Klondike Gold Rush.

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As we pass through the grandiose peaks of the Tombstone and Ogilvie Mountains, we will visit Tombstone Territorial Park and its Visitor Information Centre. At over 2,000 square kilometres, the breathtaking peaks and valleys are a true spectacle. Additionally, if desired, we can then take a short hike to fully appreciate the true beauty of nature, soaking in the vast untamed wilderness and wildlife.

We will then arrive in Dawson in the evening and check into our hotel.

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Day 6

Day 6

Gold, gold, gold! Today is about all that glitters, but which is most definitely gold.

Our path to fortune starts where it all began: Bonanza Creek, the legendary site where gold was first discovered and triggered the greatest gold rush of all time. After that, we then drive along with former gold mines, some of which are still active today, and visit Dredge No. 4, the largest wooden-hull bucket dredge ever used in North America. Then it’s your turn! With professional instruction, you’ll get to try your hand at gold panning yourself.

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We end our short trip with a jaunt over to the Midnight Dome, Dawson’s local mountainside view. With a wide view of the Yukon River, the Klondike, and Dawson City itself, it is a truly gorgeous sight. You will then have the rest of the afternoon to yourself, and in the evening we will visit the oldest and northernmost casino in Canada, “Diamond Tooth Gerties”. An unmistakable blast from the Gold Rush’s past, Gerties offers roulette, blackjack, slot machines, and can-can shows.

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Day 7

Day 7

We say goodbye to the former capital of the Yukon Territory and continue our way south down the North Klondike Highway to the town of Carmacks.

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Along the way, we will also cross the Pelly and Stewart River in the First Nation communities of Pelly Crossing and Stewart Crossing. Finally, a few kilometres before Carcross, we’ll make a stop to see the infamous Five Finger Rapids. During the Gold Rush, it was known as one of the deadliest sections of the Yukon River, shattering many self-built rafts and leading equally many prospectors to a watery grave.  We then arrive in Carmacks, checking into our hotel and leaving you free to spend your evening as you like.

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Day 8

Day 8

As we begin our second week, we wake up early and take on the longest stage of our entire trip: the Robert Campbell Highway. A wild and primarily unpaved road, the Campbell Highway takes us through the most untouched sides of nature, past the exceptional Francis Lake, as well as the communities of Ross River and Faro.

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With a full day of wildlife and flora behind us, we will take a short detour to the airport prior to arriving in Watson Lake, and make sure to see the oldest remaining wooden airport hangar in Canada. After that, we finish our drive in Watson Lake, arriving in the early evening and checking into the hotel upon arrival.

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Day 9

Day 9

After more than a week full of travel, we rest on the ninth day, as we take a trip to the Liard Hot Springs, quite possibly the most beautiful hot spring in all of Canada. Relax, unwind, and enjoy the soothing spring water all surrounded by the lush forest.

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Once we’ve returned to Watson Lake, we also will make sure to visit the world-famous Sign Post Forest, where over a 100,000 signs have been put up by travellers from all around the world. Bring your own to add to the collection, and who knows, you may even find a sign from your own hometown.

Additionally, there will be an optional one-hour show at the Northern Lights Centre, where you can learn many fascinating facts about the origin of the Northern Lights.

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Day 10

Day 10

We continue our journey to the Pacific by heading west for Whitehorse on Day 10, with, of course, plenty of impressive sights to see along the way.

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The route along the Alaska Highway covers a huge span of land, showcasing a diverse landscape of mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. From the Continental Divide to the Rancheria waterfalls, this leg of our journey will grant us numerous opportunities to stop, stretch, and take photographs.

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Day 11

Day 11

We’ll begin the day of our tour by journeying west on the Alaska Highway, where we will visit the astounding mountains and forests of Kluane National Park. At over 20,000 square km, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest National Park in Canada, and home to both Mount Logan, the tallest mountain in Canada, and the largest non-polar ice fields on Earth.

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Upon arrival in Haines Junction, we will learn about Kluane, the wildlife, and the local indigenous people at the Kluane National Park visitor centre. We will then head into the park itself, where we will lead you to various areas of particular interest, as well as areas known for spotting wildlife. As evening approaches, we will then check-in at a hotel in Haines Junction.

Overnight stay in Haines Junction 

By the way: we recommend taking an optional sightseeing flight over the national park, available this evening or the following morning – weather permitting of course. 

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Day 12

Day 12

Day 12 marks the beginning of the final chapter of our journey, as our voyage from the Arctic Ocean takes us to the Pacific on one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Haines Road.

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With the snow-capped peaks of the Kluane mountains, flowing rivers, glaciers, and the most grizzly bears per square kilometre in North America, there will be plenty to see along the way. With a few stops to admire some particularly breathtaking spots, we will cross the border into Alaska and arrive at the shores of the Pacific in Haines.

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Day 13

Day 13

As we say our goodbyes to Haines, we will board the ferry and take the Lynn Canal to Skagway, Alaska, the starting line for the famous Klondike Gold Rush. In Skagway, we will experience the former gold-mining town first-hand with an in-depth city tour, including a visit to the Gold Rush Cemetery and Lower Reid Falls. Afterwards you will also have some time to explore this historic, picturesque town yourself at your own leisure.

Overnight stay in Skagway

 

Day 14

Day 14

The morning of our penultimate day begins with a choice: if you decide to take the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway, we will meet you in Fraser BC, where we will meet up and continue our drive from there. Otherwise, we will head back to Whitehorse together.

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Our journey back to Whitehorse on the South Klondike Highway will provide plenty of sights and stops along the way. Prepare to see the true breadth of the Yukon environment, from the open, rugged White Pass plateau, to the world’s smallest desert in Carcross Desert, to the shimmering turquoise waters of Emerald lake. We will also get a chance to stop by the idyllic First Nations community of Carcross, and always keep your eyes open for wildlife we might see along the way.

After arriving in Whitehorse we will check you in at your hotel, then give the rest of your evening to spend as you like.

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Day 15

Day 15

We bid fond farewell on our final day together. With the many unforgettable memories made over the course of the past two weeks, we wish you the best on all your future travels.

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