It’s not the easiest place to get to, but those who make it to the Arctic Circle will be rewarded with rolling tundra, mountains, and coastal plains leading into arctic waters. Experience native culture in the towns of Nome and Barrow, and meet Alaskans who still practice ancient whaling customs. It’s an otherworldly place: the sun truly doesn't set in the summer and doesn't rise for several months in the winter. It’s even rare to see wildlife, though this is the place to see polar bears and caribou.
Many towns in the region are only accessible by air, with most flights departing from Fairbanks, though you can find flights from Anchorage as well. You can also drive to the Arctic via the Dalton Highway, a 414-mile stretch of gravel and dirt that runs from the town of Livengood up to Prudhoe Bay and through some of Alaska’s most remote wilderness