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【5-Day】Arctic Circle Drive Adventure & Chena Hot Springs Aurora Tour (2 Night Stay at Borealis Basecamp) from Fairbanks (with airport transfers) - Tour Code: 7525

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Start City: Fairbanks End City: Fairbanks

Duration: 5 Day(s) Language: Chinese&English Airport Pickup: Yes


☆ Exclusive 2-Night stay at Borealis Basecamp Dome

☆ Arctic Circle Drive Tour and Aurora Viewing included

☆ Tours with Borealis Basecamp stay tend to be sold out quickly! Recommend booking now for you winter vacation.

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Day 1: Home - Fairbanks

Summary of The Day

Welcome to Alaska!

Fairbanks' location is ideal for experiencing northern lights viewing because it is under the "Auroral Oval," a ring-shaped zone over the far north where aurora activity is concentrated. Additionally, Fairbanks' low precipitation and distance from coastal areas contribute to consistently clear nights. All these combined variables makes Fairbanks an outstanding destination for viewing aurora borealis.

Tonight, at 22:00, you will take the Borealis shuttle to the Borealis Basecamp to wait for the aurora.

Airport Pick-up Info

Free airport pick-up service is available from 13:00-21:00.

Pick-up point: #1 Baggage Claim.

* Only ONE free airport pick-up is provided for each order. Please provide your flight details in advance.

* You can also take the free airport shuttle to the hotel on your own. Please contact the hotel for reservation upon your arrival. Please provide your name and no. of guests to make an appointment. After that, you will need to wait 15-30 mins for the bus. The hotel shuttle bus will stop at EXIT 2.

* Please bring the printed E-voucher to join the tour.

* Hotel Check in time is after 3 P.M. 

The polar Aurora Observation cabin

Aurora Viewing (22:00 - 02:00 AM)

Our yurt for aurora viewing is located at the Borealis Basecamp siting on the mountain ridges surrounding Fairbanks. It is away from the light pollution and noise of the city. Not only can you enjoy the brilliant auroras, but also multiple activities. Through the video played in the Borealis Basecamp, you may learn more of the aurora borealis. Additionally, there is the professional aurora photographer. You may have your own photo under the northern lights (extra charge).

It may take one hour driving (depending on the road conditions). Upon arrival, welcome to our yurt to have rest, includes snacks, hot drinks, and a variety of entertainment games. DVD's featuring fascinating video and information on the Aurora Borealis are available for viewing. Once the Aurora is out, you can enjoy this magical phenomenon right from inside the yurt or by an outdoor spacious viewing area.

Your return shuttle is scheduled at 02:00 AM, will be back to the town at around 3:15 AM.

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Hotel (included)
Bridgewater Hotel , OR Similar

Day 2: Fairbanks City Tour - Chena Hot Springs

Summary of The Day

Meet in the hotel lobby at around 12:50 pm, you will enjoy a complimentary Asian Lunch.

In the afternoon, we will head to the Santa Claus House at around 13:50, you can take photos with huge Santa Claus here or buy some souvenirs.

At 15:15, you will go to visit the Museum of the North, learn more natural and historic cultures of Alaska. Back to hotel at 17:00.

(If the Museum of the North is the closed, you will visit Morris Thompson, and get the refund of $12/person)

And at around 17:30, you will head to the Chena Hot Springs Resort to start the Aurora observation.


1. Please prepare your swimming suit and quarters for the locker, and slippers if need

2. Please note your swim time if you have cardiovascular disease

3. Guests under 18 years old are NOT allowed in the outdoor pool.

4. No signal is received at the Resort. You can purchase the WIFI service at the front desk or the Activities Center.

Santa Claus House

Fairbanks City Tour

Today, we will visit the Santa Claus House and Museum of the North. (If the Museum of the North is the closed, you will visit Morris Thompson, and get the refund of $12/person)

Santa Claus House

It's Christmas year-round in North Pole, Alaska—just 20 minutes away from Fairbanks. You'll find candy canes painted on city streets and holiday parades in July. And at the hub of the festivities is Santa Claus House, a frontier general store and post office turned holiday shop. The postal tradition lives on—official Letters from Santa are postmarked from the North Pole and stamped with an official Santa seal. And today, the store includes live reindeer, a coffee shop, holiday gift items, the world's largest Santa statue and, in summer months and over holidays, Santa himself. If it is closed, you will walk around in North Pole enjoying the Reindeer, and photos with the world's largest santa.

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Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs Resort

Duration: 17:30 - 03:00 A.M (9.5 hours)

Chena Hot Springs is an unincorporated community in the Fairbanks North Star Borough that is renowned for its hot springs and private resort. These destinations, in addition to a campground, are located at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road, a forest-flanked paved road that parallels the Chena River, 56 miles east of the Steese Highway and Fairbanks. The recreation area is home to some of the best hiking, canoeing, public-use cabins and fishing in the area.

Depart at 17:15, head to Chena Hot Springs Resort, arrive at around 18:30.

Our tour guide will give you a tour of the Resort, and redeem the ticket for you. You can arrange your own time to take a hot spring bath or visit the Aurora Ice Museum. At the Aurora Ice Museum, you can also choose to taste Apple Martini at your own expense ($15/cup at your own expense, you must be 21 years old or older to purchase, please show a valid ID when you purchase).

* Apple Martini is not recommended if you are going to have a spa experience later.

00:30 Meet at the Spa Resort's Activities Center

02:00-02:45 Return to Fairbanks Downtown hotel and Airport.

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Hotel (included)
Bridgewater Hotel , OR Similar

Day 3: Arctic Circle Adventure - Fairbanks

Summary of The Day


9:30-10:00 am, Meet at hotels.

10:00 am, We will leave Fairbanks and continue our journey to the North. First stop will be at Alyeska Pipeline Visitor's Center, and then make a quick stop at Hilltop Gas Station where you can use the restroom and buy some snacks.

12:30 pm, we will reach the rugged Dalton Highway, where we will stop for the photo with the Dalton Highway Sign for around 15 mins.

Then we will continue to the Yukon River Camp which we will reach around 2:20 pm(depending on road conditions).

Enjoy a quick hot meal and continue our journey to the Arctic Circle around 4:50 pm. You will get an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate!

On our return trip, we will make a quick stop once more at Yukon River to use restroom.

On the way back, our tour guide will choose to stop three times, waiting for the appearance of the aurora.

It is expected to arrive at the Borealis Basecamp at around 11:00 pm.

Stay at Borealis Dome overnight.


1. Be prepared, this tour is a total of 10-hours van expedition, feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages.

2. Restroom with flushing water available only at: Yukon River Camp, Borealis Basecamp.

3. Except for the Borealis Basecamp, NO mobile signal during the tour.

4. Price Exclusion: Gratuity for driver and guide(Due to the length of this drive $20 and above is the suggested tip per guest.); lunch and dinner; and all personal expenses.

Complimentary Gift

You will get an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate!

Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway

The James W. Dalton Highway, usually referred to as the Dalton Highway (and signed as Alaska Route 11), is a 414-mile (666 km)[1] road in Alaska. It begins at the Elliott Highway, north of Fairbanks, and ends at Deadhorse near the Arctic Ocean and the Prudhoe Bay Oil Fields. Once called the North Slope Haul Road (a name by which it is still sometimes known), it was built as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System in 1974.

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Trans Alaska Pipeline System

Alaska Pipeline

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) includes the trans-Alaska crude-oil pipeline, 11 pump stations, several hundred miles of feeder pipelines, and the Valdez Marine Terminal. TAPS is one of the world's largest pipeline systems. It is commonly called the Alaska pipeline, trans-Alaska pipeline, or Alyeska pipeline, (or the pipeline as referred to in Alaska), but those terms technically apply only to the 800 miles of the pipeline with the diameter of 48 inches that conveys oil from Prudhoe Bay, to Valdez, Alaska. The crude oil pipeline is privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

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Arctic Circle Drive Tour

Complimentary gift: You will get an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate!

9:30-10:00 am, Meet at hotels.

10:00 am, We will leave Fairbanks and continue our journey to the North. First stop will be at Alyeska Pipeline Visitor's Center, and then make a quick stop at Hilltop Gas Station where you can use the restroom and buy some snacks.

12:30 pm, we will reach the rugged Dalton Highway, where we will stop for the photo with the Dalton Highway Sign for around 15 mins.

Then we will continue to the Yukon River Camp which we will reach around 2:20 pm(depending on road conditions).

Enjoy a quick hot meal and continue our journey to the Arctic Circle around 4:50 pm. You will get an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate!

On our return trip, we will make a quick stop once more at Yukon River to use restroom.

On the way back, our tour guide will choose to stop three times, waiting for the appearance of the aurora.

It is expected to arrive at the Borealis Basecamp at around 11:00 pm. You can choose Aurora Observation tour here (optional, $30.00/person), or other activities.

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Borealis Basecamp

Accommodation: Borealis Basecamp Dome (Aurora Igloo)

Borealis Basecamp has only 15 rooms!

Be the luckiest one-tenth and fall asleep with Aurora! (5 additional rooms during peak season).

Borealis Basecamp began with one's dream, when a passionate Alaskan decided he wanted to share the area's unforgettable scenery, people, and adventures with the rest of the world. This dream turned into a reality with the goal of providing its customers the best immersive experience in North America.

The absolute best overnight Aurora viewing in Fairbanks Alaska!!! Borealis Basecamp offers the only clear roofed igloos in all of Alaska. The wrap around clear ceiling gives you unsurpassed views of our wintry wonderland and the amazing Aurora Borealis. With private bath and kitchenette this dome makes a perfect spot for an extended stay.

Address: 2640 Himalaya Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Bed Type: Twin Size, King Size

Please leave an additional comment when booking if you have specific requirements on the bed type.

** Aurora is greatly affected by meteorological conditions. It is impossible to guarantee that you will see aurora.

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Hotel (included)
Borealis Basecamp

Day 4: Borealis Basecamp Free Day

Summary of The Day

Enjoy a free day to explore the winter Alaska!

The Borealis Basecamp offers a variety of winter activities to choose. See additional services for details.

Optional Tours: Dog sleds ($129/person), Snow Machine Tour ($149/person), etc.

Overnight in Borealis Basecamp.


Optional Activity: Dog Sledding in Winter / Dog Cart in Autumn

Dog Cart (8/21/2019-11/15/2019): $99/person

Dog Sledding (11/16/2018-4/2020): $129/person

Dog sledding was a very important part of Alaskan local life. Dog sleds were the most convenient way to travel and to deliver important supplies between local villages in the dead of winter. Even today, dogsleds continue to be used in remote portions of Alaska for daily travel needs. On this tour, snuggle under a warm blanket and enjoy the rush of a brisk 30-minute sled ride through the beautiful forests of Alaska. Your musher will also help take photos for you.

Tour pick-ups begin at around 11:00. Please be ready in the lobby of your hotel. You will travel to the Borealis Basecamp, it is estimated to arrive at 12:00 subject to road conditions.

After arrival, you will be able to take photos with the dogs, enjoy some hot drinks while being assigned to a sled. Your ride will last 30 minutes.

*The sleds on this tour variously accommodate 2-4 people and are assigned by weight and the musher's knowledge of the dogs. You will need to share your sled with other people.

Exclusions: Meals, tips for driver and guide ($5 and above is the suggested tip per guest per activity.)

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Optional Activity: Snow Machine Tour (11/16/2019-4/2020)

Snow Machine Tour (11/16/2019-4/2020): $149/person

Snow machines make ordinary back country travel feel like an adventure. Guests can take a guided trip across the snowy surface, with photo-op stops at the Trans Alaska Pipeline and other notable natural features along the trail. No experience? No problem. Every snow machine trip includes gear and an introductory lesson, plus a savvy guide to assist guests along every mile of the trip.

* Duration: 1 hour

* Minimum age - 16. This tour is designed for 2 people share one sled, if the reservation for single, you may share the sled with other.

* Wear warm outdoor clothes, shoes, hats, gloves, and sunglasses;

* Upgrade to 2-hour Snow Machine Tour is available, $100/person

* Can be arranged from December to April, depending on the snow conditions

* If your tour is cancelled due to weather conditions, a full refund will be given.

* You can also choose Snow ATV Tour, $145/person

Exclusions: Tips for the driver, guide and coach ($5 and above is the suggested tip per guest), meals.

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Hotel (included)
Borealis Basecamp

Day 5: Fairbanks - Home

Summary of The Day

Today is the last day of your trip. Check out time is 11:00 AM. You can take the hotel shuttle bus to the airport. Please make an appointment in advance.


* If you don't have optional tours today, you can take the bus to the airport based on your flight departure time.(Please note you should be arrive at the airport at least 2 hrs before your flight departure time)

* You can choose to join the Ice Fishing tour (Optional). If so, you need to check out in the morning and depart from the hotel at 13:30. After the tour, the tour guide will drop you off at the airport, or you can take the shuttle bus. (Please arrange your own lunch)

* To ensure your stay in Borealis Basecamp, we may have to adjust the sequence of itinerary, subject to the availability of Igloos. You may stay in the Borealis Basecamp on the last night. Therefore, please schedule your departure flight after 3 pm or you will need to arrange your own transfer to the airport (no refund in this case).

Ice Fishing

Optional Activity: Ice Fishing

Please book your flight departing after 21:00 if you want to join this optional tour.

(11/16/2019-4/10/2020, Depart every Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)


Duration: 5 hours

Departures: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

In Alaska, rivers and lakes freeze over from November to March. The ice can reach a thickness of almost 3 feet and it provides a great environment for one of the favorite winter pastimes in Alaska- ice fishing. Sit in the warmth of a small ice house and peer into the mysterious green color of the ice and water below. Our local fishing guide will teach you the tricks of ice-fishing and if you catch a fish you can grill it up on the spot.

Note: The Ice Fishing requires a fishing license. The fishing license fee is $30.00/person/day, which is not included in the optional tour fee. Please specify your date of birth and gender in order to purchase a fishing license. If you cannot purchase the fishing license in advance due to incomplete information, you will not be able to participate in the ice fishing trip. You need to be responsible for it.

Depart at 13:00 and arrive at the Ice Fishing spot at around 13:30 (subject to the traffic conditions).

13:30, Start your 3 hrs fun trip, you will see how to dig a hole on ice, learn how to hang baits and put the line, master the real ice fishing technology!

16:30, Return to downtown Fairbanks

17:00-17:20, Return to Fairbanks Downtown Hotel and Airport.

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    1. 2-night accommodation with Queen Bed in Fairbanks (One Bed or Two Bed, according to Alaskan law and for fire safety, no more beds can be added to the room.)

    2. 2-night accommodation in Borealis Basecamp (We offer the extra twin-size rolling bed if you have 3 people staying in the same room.)

    3. Local professional Bilingual tour guide (Chinese and English)

    4. Hotel continental breakfast

    5. Entrance Fees and Activitities: Fairbanks City Tour (Bilingual tour guide, mainly in Chinese), 1 Aurora Viewing at Borealis Basecamp, Chena Hot Springs Tour, Arctic Circle Drive Tour, Museum of North.


    1. Meals (except the meals listed in inclusions)

    2. All personal expenses, such as laundry, phone, and travel insurance

    3. Tips/Service Fee for other guides on the tour who do not work for our local operator, including hotel staff, housekeeping staff at hotels, servers at restaurants, flight attendants, dog sled mushers, etc.

      * Daytime schedule, $10/person/day

      * Arctic Circle Drive Tour, $20/person/day

      * Airport and Basecamp Transfer, $5/person

      * Other service and activities, $5/person

    4. Optional Tours (Prices are only for reference and subject to change without prior notice. Please select and pay at the time of booking or pay in cash to the tour guide upon arrival.)

      * Aurora Viewing at Borealis Basecamp - $99/person

      * Dog Cart - $99/person

      * Dog Sledding - $129/person

      * Snow Machine Tour - $149/person

      * Apple Martini (in Aurora Ice Museum, 21+) - $15/person

      * Ice fishing - $149/person, Fishing license - $30/person

      * All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Tour - $145/person

Booking Info

    1. There is only one round trip of Borealis Shuttle between Borealis Basecamp and Fairbanks for each reservation.

    2. Early check-in at all the hotels is subject to availability & cannot be guaranteed by the tour operator.

    3. Standard check-in time is 15:00 HRS & check-out time is 11:00 HRS.

    4. Please print and carry this E-Voucher along with a valid photo identification (Passport, State ID, Drivers License).

    General info:

    1. Globerouter cooperates with top local tour operators and so that the best quality of services to all travelers.

    2. The sequence of itineraries is subject to change without prior notice according to departure date, weather, traffic, etc.

    3. In case of attraction closures (due to holidays or construction, etc.), the tour guide may make some necessary changes to the itinerary.

    4. In case of extreme weather condition, war, strike and other force majeure events, local operator reserves the right to change the itinerary and all costs are not refundable. 

    5. In case of guests voluntarily giving up the tour because of personal reasons, all costs including hotels, transportation etc. is not refundable.

    6. It is advised to contact the local operator for confirmation one day before departure. 

    7. Please bring valid documentation on travel date (passport, driving license, visa, etc).

    8. The child pricing applies to the children under 3 years old.

    9. The Aurora Borealis are a natural phenomenon. There is no way for us to guarantee that you will see the Aurora. We do our best to provide premier locations for viewing, should the Aurora come out. Please check weather and Aurora reports before booking your tour with us.

    10. The winter weather in Fairbanks is changeable, we may temporarily cancel or change optional tour due to extremely weather condition. Partial refund may be available.

Cancellation / Modification and Refund Policy

1. Cancel or change an order

The following terms apply to the refund policy when canceling or changing an order

1) Reducing the number of travelers

2) Canceling the entire order

3) Change to a different tour

Possible only 31 days prior to the tour departure date.

Modification service fee will be applicable over & above the cancellation charges.

4) Rescheduling tour departure date

This request will not be accepted if the travel date is within 08 days or lesser.

Subject to availability of seats

Modification service fee will be applicable over & above the cancellation charges.

Cancellation Made Within Refund Policy
62 Days (or) more prior to tour departure date 45% of tour cost paid will be refunded
61 Days (or) lesser prior to tour departure date The entire tour cost will be forfeited & No-Refund

2. Modify an order

Charges to modify an order apply for the following:

1) For requests to add more number of travelers

Subject to availability of seats.

2) For requests to change to a different tour or reschedule tour departure date

Please refer to the above cancellation policy.

3) For requests to change name of passengers

This request will be accepted until 3 days prior to the travel date, however same service fee as below will be applicable.

Modification Notice Period Service Charge
Requests made from the date of booking until 7 days prior to the tour departure date US $ 30 will be charged for each order
Requests made 7 days (or) lesser from the date of tour departure No requests will be accepted & No Refund

If the modification happens on the following optional tours you have paid, the fee for the optional tours and the 1st night hotel will be nonrefundable:

  - Alaska Winter Train Ticket

  - Arctic Circle Aurora Drive Adventure

  - Arctic Circle Aurora Fly Drive Adventure

3. Notes

1) We recommend all our passengers to avail "Travel Insurance" to protect themselves against personal / natural / manmade exigencies of all kind (including medical & family emergencies, accidents, flight delays, traffic delays, theft or personal- acts of terrorism, natural calamities etc.) that may affect you from participating in our tours (OR) arise while on tour.

2) Globerouter will take no responsibility for matters as stated above under personnel / natural / manmade exigencies.

3) No part / full refund / compensation will be offered to passengers who miss taking our tours (OR) for any un-utilized services, as per the date / time scheduled on the E-Voucher because all services are reconfirmed and prepaid for Charges as mentioned in our "Cancellation / Modification and Refund Policy" would be applicable.

4) All cancellation & tour modification requests should be emailed to info@globerouter.com.

5) We will not accept any cancellation / modification requests made through local tour provider / tour guide (OR) verbal requests made over the phone to our customer support staff / by voice mail

6) Cancellation request emails will not be accepted unless they have a complete, signed and attached "Globerouter Cancellation Request Form".

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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? Q&A Ask Us

Please check the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What should we wear during winter months in Alaska?

 Clothing is highly suggested to be in layers as Alaska gets super chilling in winter months. You will need layers of normal clothing with a sweater and insulated parka jackets, woolen socks, winter boots, woolen scarf, gloves with liners, winter hats or headgears, etc.

The coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 9.3°F. 

What is the best time to go to Alaska to see the northern lights?

From mid-September to April, when you have the best chance of witnessing the phenomenon of the aurora borealis. Staying for 3 nights, the chance to see the Northern lights is believed to be up to 90%!

What kind of meal will be offered in Borealis Basecamp?

There is a full menu. Lunch will be sandwiches, soups, salads. Dinner will be pasta, steak, salmon, king crab, rockfish.

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