Catch a scenic flight to the Athabascan village of Fort Yukon, at the confluence of the Yukon and Porcupine rivers, eight miles above the Arctic Circle. You’ll be in the air for an hour and 15 minutes each way, with one hour on the ground. With your guide, you’ll touch the Yukon River, learn about subsistence, hear about the winter when it got down to 85 degrees below zero, and see the grave of the Rev. Hudson Stuck, who became the archdeacon of the Yukon in 1905 and led the first successful expedition to the summit of Mt. McKinley. You’ll leave Fairbanks at 7 in the evening and return around 11, with the midnight sun illuminating the way.
Warbelow’s tours are for the bold traveler who wants to see the real deal, not the Hollywood version, of remote Alaskan life in a remote village. Outside of the Fort Yukon tour, you can also tour Anaktuvik Pass Village or go a on a classic Alaskan mail run. You’ll get a kick out of passing over the Arctic Circle, and receive a certificate to prove you crossed the line. And during whaling season, you can do what most people only read about in National Geographic—fly to Kaktovik on the coast of the Beaufort Sea to watch polar bears pick whalebones clean.