Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

Cross the "dotted line" in search of Arctic wildife, cultural immersion and celestial fireworks

  • 1000s of stars fill the Arctic sky overhead
  • 3 nights of photographing Aurora Borealis
  • 1882 km of driving through Yukon's frozen winter wonderland

Every nature photographer dreams of shooting the Aurora Borealis. Few have the opportunity to do so north of the "dotted line," the fabled Arctic Circle. The "Arctic Circle Tour" takes guests along the Dempster Highway from Whitehorse to Dawson City to Eagle Plains and beyond. Spot snow hares and potentially a caribou herd by day, capture the Aurora Borealis dance by night. The Yukon's culture is illuminated by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in guide’s unique First Nations perspective. Other locals generously share tales of life lived just below the Circle in Eagle Plains. Often “Ice Road Truckers” swap tales as the small group, numbering no more than six, imagine this reality show of courage. Night brings on the hunt, as expert guides watch the Aurora Borealis forecast then travel to the ideal location to capture this magnificent celestial spectacle. Guests gather ‘round a warm campfire enjoying hot chocolate and snacks as they wait for the night’s lightshow to begin.

Why you should visit
  • Photograph the Aurora Borealis from within the Arctic Circle
  • Learn Yukon Territory history and culture from a  Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in guide in Dawson City and local residents of Eagle Plains
  • Travel the fabled Dempster Highway as the snow flies - the only road that crosses the Arctic Circle in Canada
  • Photograph wildlife, potentially including caribou, from several viewing points en route from Whitehorse to Dawson City to Eagle Plains

Weather

  • Winter typically brings several meters of snow along the Dempster Highway. The average temperature is -2 to -24 degrees Celsius with extremes to -45 degrees Celsius. The night will be dark and long, the better for Aurora Borealis hunting!
  • Weather info for Yukon.
Visitor information
When to go
  • The Arctic Circle Tour runs during the "Aurora Season" from early November to late March
Need to know
  • Dress in Arctic winter clothes (rental packages available); 
  • Experienced drivers/guides carry emergency contact equipment, e.g. SAT phones; 
  • The nights are long and days short, better for Aurora Borealis viewing; 
  • The itinerary can change last minute due to extreme or variable weather conditions; 
  • All participants are required to sign a "release of claims and waiver of liability" form.
Getting Here
  • Guests fly to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, where they are welcomed by their tour guide.  The tour group is accompanied by an experienced driver in a van outfitted for the driving conditions.