Get a taste of how Alaska operates when you board a real Alaskan mail plane for a delivery from Fairbanks out to a remote village. These planes fly to a dozen villages, most along the Yukon River and its tributaries, and you can tag along. You may be delivering medicine or a sled dog—it’s perfect for those who like spontaneous adventures. You’ll land just long enough to stretch your legs, meet the villagers who come to greet the plane, watch as the cargo is unloaded, then hop back in and take off back to Fairbanks.
Fly from Fairbanks and travel 80 miles above the across the Arctic Circle on a scenic and historic adventure. Departing in the evening, you’ll pass over the stark terrain of northern Alaska and land at the Athabascan village of Fort Yukon. Then, with your guide, you’ll spend an hour learning all about this fascinating area—the history, how people take care of themselves in a punishing environment, and some of the characters who have called this area home. Then, as the midnight sun sets, you’ll board your plane and fly back to Fairbanks.
May - September
Northern Alaska Tour Company offers several tours that transport visitors to the Arctic Circle. You can fly, drive, or do a combination of the two, depending on your travel preference and how much time you have. The most popular tour is the fly-and-drive excursion, which gives you incredible views from the air and a tour of the town of Coldfoot, followed by a drive back to Fairbanks.
Visit an Alaskan village above the Arctic Circle. Take off from Fairbanks and experience a scenic flight across the stark landscape. After 90 minutes, you’ll set down in Anaktuvik Pass, a small village of just 300 people in the shadow of the Brooks Range. You’ll spend five hours on the ground, meeting the last of the inland Inupiat Eskimo people and touring their village. Take an ATV ride out on the tundra and stop in at a museum to learn the history and traditions of the people here, then hop on your flight back to Fairbanks.