See Alaska’s Far North from the perspective of the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers”
With four seasons under its belt, this popular History Channel program hit its stride in season three when it moved from Canada’s northernmost highways to feature the infamous “Haul Road” in Alaska. Officially called the Dalton Highway, the 400-mile road connects Fairbanks, in Alaska’s Interior, with Prudhoe Bay and the oil fields of Alaska’s North Slope. Known for its treacherous driving conditions, temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero, and few passing motorists to lend a hand if you needed it, the Haul Road is one of Alaska’s most legendary roadways. Few visitors ever experience this challenging wintery drive (and many wouldn’t want to), but new tour options allow summer visitors to get a sense of what life is like for the truckers who travel this rugged road.
If you do decide to take a tour up the Dalton Highway, the experience will be memorable: you’ll cross the Arctic Circle; visit the colorfully named communities of Deadhorse and Coldfoot; cross through the Brooks Range, North America’s northernmost mountain range; and finish by dipping your toes in the Arctic Ocean. How’s that for a Facebook status update to wow your friends?
- On the Ice Road Trucker Tour with Salmon Berry Tours, guests will explore the Port of Anchorage, then stop by Carlile Transportation, the trucking company featured on the show, to tour a heavy haul/sleeper truck. Travelers then get behind the wheel in the truck-driving simulator and see if they can handle a big rig on the legendary ice road. A guest star from the Discovery Channel show may even make an appearance during the tour. Travelers can also experience ice road conditions through a custom tour on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay — the same route featured on the show. For more on the tour, visit Salmonberry Tours.
- Northern Alaska Tour Company, based in Fairbanks, takes guests on various air and land tours to reach the Arctic Ocean and Prudhoe Bay. Visitors will stop at Coldfoot, the truck stop featured on the show, and take in views of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Yukon River and the Brooks Range. These excursions above the Arctic Circle also offer just the right circumstances for northern lights viewing, with summer tour options that can include overnight accommodations at Coldfoot and add-ons like visiting an Alaska Native village by bush plane. For more information, visit Northern Alaska Tours.