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On the Road: Celebrate Summer in America’s Arctic

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Program #1015RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Begin your northern studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, one of the world’s premier Arctic research institutions. Fly north and stand on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Drive back to Fairbanks across the legendary Yukon River and through the magnificent Brooks Range. Then drive south to Denali National Park. Meet the people, hike the tundra, and observe the wildlife as you drive, fly and walk over this awesome, primal landscape under the endless sunlight of an Alaskan summer.


• Traverse America's Arctic as you cross the Yukon River, summit Atigun Pass in the magnificent Brooks Range and stand on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.
• Learn about the ecology of the Arctic and the Alaskan Interior as seen from the back of a dog sled during your visit to Mary Shields' house and kennel.
• Experience the magnificence of Denali National Park on a full day field trip.

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Walking up to a half-mile. Stairs in lodging. Elevations up to 4,800 feet. Drive from Fairbanks to Prudhoe is 500 miles over two days, 12 hours per day over rough gravel roads. Frequent breaks, no more than two hours between outhouse stops.

Itinerary Summary

JUNE: Arrive Fairbanks, 2 nights; fly in small planes to Prudhoe, 1 night, van to Toolik, 1 night, van to Coldfoot, 1 night, van to Fairbanks, 2 nights; van to Denali National Park, 2 nights; van to Fairbanks 1 night.

JULY: Arrive Fairbanks, 2 nights; van to Denali National Park, 2 nights; van to Fairbanks 1 night. fly in small planes to Prudhoe 1 night, van to Coldfoot, 1 night, van to Fairbanks, 3 nights;

Coordinated by Denakkanaaga.

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7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
1 Flights during the program


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