This trip into Canada’s Yukon and neighbouring Alaska balances grandiose scenery and meaningful contact with northerners.
You will reach the amazing subarctic landscapes of the Dempster and Top-of-the-World highways – roads less traveled and truly memorable. Wildlife sightings are a given along the entire route. Add colourful settlements, a guided hike in Kluane National Park, a fishing adventure off Sitka, a glacier hike in Juneau, spectacular ferry rides and a no less spectacular train ride. Did we mention a sea kayaking day out of Sitka, Alaska?
|Dates||22 days in August 2020|
|Region||Yukon and Alaska|
|Driving distance||3000 km|
|Accommodation||Camping (19) and hotel/lodges (1)|
|Highlights||Variety in landscapes, contact with local people.
Active but not challenging. Wildlife excursions.
|Day 1||Arrival Whitehorse|
|Day 2-3||Pick up camper. Road trip up the Klondike & Dempster Highways to Tombstone Provincial Park|
|Day 4-5||Tombstones and the Dempster: easy hikes, native culture & wildlife observation|
|Day 7||Dawson City. Gold panning and (of course) Diamond Tooth Gertie‘s Gold Rush flavour|
|Day 8-9||Top of the World Highway (early fall colors) & Alaska Highway to Kluane National Park, Yukon|
|Day 10-11||Kluane National Park including a privately guided hike|
|Day 12||Along the Tatshenshini Highway to Haines, Alaska|
|Day 13-15||Alaska State Ferry to Sitka. Sea kayaking and fishing (fish will be canned and mailed to you).|
|Day 16-17||Alaska State Ferry to Juneau. Interpretive glacier hike.|
|Day 18-19||Alaska State Ferry to Skagway. Classic White Pass & Yukon train ride|
CostWe do not offer ‘off the shelf’ travel packages because every vacation is custom made. Trip budget below is based on the actual trip that will take place in 2020.
|Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.47/$US 1.11)||$ Can||€|
|Camper (Fraserway C-Medium)||1708||1162|
|Extra No Risk Insurance camper||66||45|
|Alaska State Ferry Haines-Sitka-Juneau-Skagway (including cabin)||570||387|
|Miscellaneous (park permit, fuel etc.)||379||258|
|Excursions – privately guide day hike, 4 hours seakayaking Sitka & 6 hr fishing trip||818||557|
|Excursions – Mendenhall Glacier guided tour, Whale watching (4 hr) & Whitepass Summit train||270||184|
|Total (airfare not included)||4478||2993|
|Custom Travel Plan & Organization of your trip*
Cost can be reduced by limiting the number of guided excursions and/or by using a rental car and tents instead of a camper (minus $615/€418 pp). Substituting lodging for tent camping would add $530/€360 per person.