This place that many dream about visiting is 196 driving miles (or 140 air miles) north of Fairbanks .
Reaching Alaska itself by car is possible by multiple means, but to reach the Arctic Circle proper, you will need to travel the Alaska Highway, which connects British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska , outside of Fairbanks. From Fairbanks, you can drive to the Arctic Circle via the Dalton Highway.
The Arctic Circle passes through Northern America, Greenland, North Asia, the Scandinavian Peninsula, and the Arctic Ocean. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the United States ( Alaska ), Canada, Denmark (Greenland), and Iceland are the 8 countries containing land in the Arctic Circle .
Portions of the Dalton Highway may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. Traveling this farthest-north road involves real risks and challenges, and it can be dangerous , because the highway is essentially just a gravel road, reduced to zero visibility, enormous potholes and extreme Arctic weather.
The Dalton Highway, a.k.a., the “haul road”, is 414 miles long and connects the Elliott Highway ( north of Fairbanks) to Deadhorse, Alaska — the farthest north you can drive on Alaska’s road system.
Only four million people live north of the Arctic Circle due to the climate; nonetheless, some areas have been settled for thousands of years by indigenous peoples, who today make up 10% of the region’s population.
The U.S. is one of eight nations surrounding the Arctic — along with Canada , Denmark , Finland, Iceland, Norway , Russia and Sweden — that are all currently jostling for ownership of the region’s frozen seas.
approximately 66°30′ N.
Warm sunny summers make up for the sunny but cold winters. Despite city- living Alaska -style, Fairbanks feels rural and is a great gateway to very remote places . The community as a whole is very welcoming, friendly, and generous. Extracurricular activities for kids and adults abound.
Fairbanks ‘ Aurora Season is from August 21 to April 21 and the aurora will be visible in Fairbanks an average of four out of five nights when the sky is clear and dark enough. Scientifically speaking, the aurora is dancing above year-round, but we can only see it during the Aurora Season when we have dark enough skies.
Winters are severely cold , with the average low temperature at -17°F (-27.2°C) during the coldest month of January. Temperatures drop to -40°F (-40°C) for at least eight days during the year, while 80.1°F (26.7°C) registers for approximately 13 days.