Alaska Pipeline + Dalton Highway
Today after breakfast, we will make a stop to theMorris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.
It can be intimidating to navigate all that Fairbanks and Interior Alaska have to offer on your own, in the limited time afforded by your itinerary. Luckily, there are local experts who have done it before, and can easily make the best recommendations for the “must see” stops and attractions in Fairbanks.
Journey along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks towards Arctic Circle through the Alaskan wilderness.
We will drive along the Dalton Highway, technically Alaska Route 11. You’ll stop occasionally to stretch your legs and snap memorable photos of key sites. Plus, keep your eyes open for Alaskan wildlife like foxes, moose, or possibly even bears, wolves or lynx.
Dalton Highway runs north-south through Alaska, almost to the Arctic Ocean, and parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Stop along a section of the pipeline in the community of Fox, and get a good look at its construction while learning about its controversies and environmental impact. One of the world’s largest pipeline systems, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built in the 1970s to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay 800 miles (1,287 km) south to Valdez.
Late afternoon we will visit to check out some amazing Ice artwork/sculptors
World Ice Art Championships
Once a year Fairbanks turns into an ice city the Ice Queen would envy!
Ever wanted to see an ice dragon? Such things do exist—visit the annual World Ice Art Championships held in Fairbanks. Besides ice dragons that look like real creatures, there are many other pieces worth checking out. Sometimes it’s even hard to imagine that they are created by humans!
The event gathers masters and amateurs from all around the world, who do their job at a high level with expertise and precision. Visitors can attend different activities, such as dog sledding, sliding on the icy hills, a train ride throughout the park, and many others.
later – Northern lights hunting