Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip

Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip

Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip

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From $2,975USD

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Highlights

Go far north on this Canadian overland adventure

Make the scenic flight to Inuvik, a unique far-north base where Indigenous culture can be appreciated.

Drive to the Arctic Circle, crossing over to the most extreme landscapes of the world.

Explore the legendary boomtown of Dawson city, the epicentre of the Klondike gold rush of 1898.

Find yourself at the shores of the Arctic Ocean, a rare place for travellers to land.

The ultimate northern road trip! On the weeklong Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip, you will visit Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuvialuit hamlet on the Arctic Coast. This incredible road trip will take you through mountain ranges and alpine tundra, crossing remote rivers to reach the end of this iconic gravel road. People come from all round the world to drive the Dempster Highway and make their way to Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean.

From Inuvik, you’ll head south on the famous Dempster Highway, crossing important rivers and the Richardson and Ogilvie mountains. You will travel through the immense tundra and cross south of the Arctic Circle before reaching Eagle Plains where you will spend the night under the midnight sun. The next day, you will see some of the newest and rawest peaks in North America, the Tombstone Mountains. Reach Dawson city for a glimpse of the legendary gold rush hub, touring the historic town and visiting its dance halls and restaurants.

Come and discover a land lit up by the midnight sun, chilly but warmly welcoming, and unlike anywhere else on earth!

Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Whitehorse to Inuvik

Welcome to Canada's Yukon Territory! A guide will meet you at the airport and you will hop on one last scenic flight to Inuvik. You will soon be transported to another world! Inuvik is the hub of the western Arctic and home of the Inuvialuit, in whose language the name means “Place of People.” You’ll make this your base as you explore the Arctic Coast.

Once arrived, your guide will run the group through a brief orientation.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Inuvik
Meals
None

Day 2 Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk

It’s a full day today as you head north on the newly completed road to Tuktoyaktuk, an isolated coastal village. You’ll have a tour of the town and have a look at the pingos rising up from the tundra. Learn about First Nations history during your time in this unique northern location. If you don’t know what a pingo or muktuk is, you’ll find out today.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Inuvik
Meals
None

Day 3 Inuvik to Eagle Plains

Today your journey begins on the legendary Dempster Highway! As far as the eye can see, the untouched tundra landscape is crossed by caribou, moose, and bears. This 730km long gravel road is the only road connection to Inuvik and people come from all around the world to drive to its end. You will leave Inuvik, drive amongst the arctic coastal tundra and pass through the indigenous communities of Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic (scenes of the epic story of the Northwest Mounted Police and the “Lost Patrol”). Cross the Arctic Circle and pause for a short celebration. The final stop today is Eagle Plains.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Eagle Plains
Meals
None

Day 4 Eagle Plains to Dawson City

In the morning, you will leave Eagle Plains and will make your way south to the world-famous Dawson City. It is a beautiful part of the journey as you travel through the magnificent Tombstone Territorial Park.  With a bit of luck, you will see the imposing dark peaks.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Dawson City
Meals
None

Day 5 Dawson City

This legendary boomtown was epicentre of the famous Klondike gold rush of 1898, and gold still animates the place. Immerse yourself in Dawson’s history and try your luck panning the creeks yourself. A visit to Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, the Dawson City Museum, and the Midnight Dome are all on the agenda. You’ll also want to take some time to simply stroll around the town with its garish Gold Rush architecture and friendly locals.

In the evening, the lovingly restored Palace Grand Theatre offers musical entertainment, turn-of-the-century style, and can-can girls kick up their skirts for an evening of entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Dawson City
Meals
None

Day 6 Dawson City to Whitehorse

Today you leave the gold rush city and head south along the Klondike Highway back to Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse. Along the way, you’ll catch frequent views of the Yukon River, which, at about 3200 kilometers long, is one of the longest waterways in North America. Make a stop at the infamous Five Finger Rapids and stretch your legs at some of the old post offices, roadhouses, and villages that give the area its unique northern character.

There will be time to share one last good dinner with your fellow travelers in one of the city’s restaurants.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Whitehorse
Meals
None

Day 7 Departure

The tour ends with a transfer to the airport. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Meals
None

Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip Price and Dates

This guided overland tour of Yukon is run as a fixed-departure tour and the price per person depends on what kind of room you stay in.

Prices below are per person sharing a double room.

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-06-18

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-06-24

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,975USDBook Now
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2023-07-02

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-07-08

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,595USDBook Now
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2023-07-16

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-07-22

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,975USDBook Now
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2023-07-30

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-08-05

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,975USDBook Now
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2023-08-13

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-08-19

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,975USDBook Now
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2023-08-27

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-02

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,975USDBook Now
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2023-09-10

Whitehorse, Yukon

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-16

Whitehorse, Yukon

75+
$2,975USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip

This tour is based in 3 or 4-star hotels. The rooms are superior middle-class.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $725USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1-6

Hotels along the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway

The exact hotels you’ll stay in will be confirmed upon booking, but expect pleasant 3 or 4-star options.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip?

Meals

No meals are included. Hotels may offer free breakfast, but if not, you will be responsible for your own food costs during the tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

All personal and luggage transfers required by the itinerary are included. This includes pickup from the airport and departure transfers.

Also Included

  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Flight from Whitehorse to Inuvik
  • All overland transportation
  • Air-conditioned maxi van (capacity 15 seats)
  • Entrance fee for “Diamond Tooth Gerties” Casino
  • Entrance fee for Dawson City Museum
  • Arctic Circle crossing celebration
  • Historic First Nation City Tour in Tuktoyaktuk

Not included

  • Visas if required
  • GST (5%)
  • Personal gear
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals
  • Optional tours
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades where available
  • Optional tours

Frequenty Asked Questions about Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip

How hard is the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is a sightseeing tour with no notable physical demands.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

When is the best time to travel to Yukon for this tour?

The best time to visit for this tour is July and August when you’ll enjoy the warmest weather and longest days. Be prepared for unpredictable northern weather and bring a sleeping mask. The midnight sun is real!

Are meals included on the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip?

No meals are included. Your hotels may offer free breakfast, but if not, you will be responsible for your food costs during the tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your travel insurance.

How do I get to Whitehorse to start this tour?

Fly into Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY). You will be met by a guide for your flight to Inuvik.

Is the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip in English?

Yes, the guides are English-speaking.

Where does the Arctic Ocean and Dempster Highway Road Trip end?

The tour ends in Whitehorse, where you will be dropped off at the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Canada?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is a sightseeing tour with no notable physical demands.


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