Crossing the Arctic Circle in Alaska - Long but beautiful drive

Crossing the Arctic Circle with Joel
Arctic Circle 
Latitude 66'' 33'
Dalton Highway Alaska 

YES! I finally crossed the Arctic Circle

The Trip

It was a good trip up there especially I didn't have to drive. Joel drove all the way there and back. Arctic Circle is about 196 miles (315 km) from Fairbanks and most of it is rough road.

Joel had driven the Dalton Highway to the North Slope (Prudhoe Bay) several times before and he had crossed the Arctic Circle many times. He knew that there's not much out there to see but vast wilderness, he took me there anyways without any hesitations. 

The Cost

  • Cost to get there $78 for gas, 
  • $15 for snacks and coffee
  • Experience and having Joel in my journey, Priceless!

Road to Arctic Circle
Beautiful scenery and the gravel roads

Dogs at the back of the truck on our way to Arctic Circle
Abby and Farky 

On our way out there, we saw a lot of hunter's trucks and trailers by the road. It's hunting season here in Alaska. We also passed several truckers.

If any of you have seen an Ice Road Truckers TV shows, boy! those guys have guts.. My hands and feet were sweating from being nervous on those roads and the road doesn't even have snow in it yet. I can't imagine being on that road in the winter.


  • Just outside Fairbanks where Elliot highway starts, stop by Fox Spring to get natural cold water from the spring for the trip
  • Few miles from Fox Spring is the Hilltop Restaurant and Marketplace. They have best pies and some snacks for the trip.
  • Dalton Highway Sign - stop and capture a moment in time
  • Yukon River - on the other side of the bridge, stop at Yukon Crossing Contact Station and on the other side Yukon River Camp, then head to the river to see the bridge from below
  • Arctic Circle - the last stop for this trip

Road To Artic Circle

mini lakes, puppy clouds, shadows, scenery from the road to Arctic Circle

View of the road going up the hill and beautiful fall colors
Scenic view of the road up to Arctic Circle

Me and my dogs at Arctic Circle
After a long drive, this is it! 
Took pictures of the sign, roam around for a little bit, then drove back down to Fairbanks

View of pipeline in and out of the ground and can be seen on road up to Arctic Circle
View of the pipeline in and out on the ground, up and down the hills, over the river, can be seen on our way up to Arctic Circle.

view of the road from passenger mirror


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