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Alaska’s second largest city is cradled in the Tanana Valley, at the end of the Alaska Highway and some 300 km (186 miles) south of the Arctic Circle.

During the summer months Fairbanks enjoys as much as 21 hours of natural light and temperatures that rise as high as 104°F.

Trans-Alaska pipeline

Founded by a gold prospector in 1901, the town — like many others in Alaska — struggled until the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline in the mid 1970s. Now this eclectic mix of log cabins, modern office buildings and a university campus is considered to be Alaska’s gateway to the Arctic. Several tours are available from Fairbanks, including trips to the Arctic Circle, Gold Dredge No. 8, the Botanical Gardens and the Large Animal Research Station.

Arctic Circle trip

The Arctic CircleThis thrilling day trip starts with an early morning mini-coach journey beyond the Arctic Circle where you board a light aircraft flight to the native village of Anaktuvuk Pass: ‘the place of caribou droppings’. This village lies far to the north in the central Brooks Range and is the last remaining settlement of the Nunamiut and the inland northern Inupiat people. Here you learn about the culture and lifestyle of the local people before the return journey to Fairbanks.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Fairbanks

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    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Fairbanks, and which use the best local guides.

    • Barrow Community
      Arctic flightseeing

      Barrow Community

      Barrow Community

      Together with your fellow travelers you start the Barrow sightseeing tour where you witness ceremonies and traditions of the native culture as you tour the Inupiat Heritage Center, a National Park Service affiliated site.

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    • Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour
      Dried fish, riverboat discovery tour

      Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour

      Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour

      This three hour tour on an authentic sternwheeler riverboat will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations.

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