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True North Alaska

Duration

18 Days

Ride Grade

4

Ride / Rest day

13 / 5

Sealed / Dirt

70% / 30%

Distance

4,700 km / 2,900 mi


Alaska, USA: Ride the "last frontier"wilderness that is Alaska, the scenic wonderland high above the Arctic Circle

Alaska still remains one of the true "last frontier" destinations and offers a scenic overload for bikers, but with a few creature comforts. This 18 day ride begins by exploring the utterly stunning coastal fishing villages of Alaska before riding into the vast remote interior and riding the legendary Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay, a ride on every bikers bucket list. North Americas highest mountain, massive glaciers, wildlife, wild Alaskan rivers, abandoned mining towns, endless tundra and "only in Alaska" back country lodges all feature in this the Northern Hemispheres answer to Patagonia.

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Dates and Pricing

10th Jun 2025 to 28th Jun 2025
Tour code: TN/100625
from US$14,320.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


Day 1:: Your Anchorage airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: A beautiful ride along the Turnagain Arm through the Chugach Mountains to spectacular Homer, spectacularly located on the wondrous Kenai Peninsular.
Day 3: A free day in the stunning fishing village of Homer. Maybe take a fishing trip or bear viewing trip (optional) or simply absord the views of the Kenai Mountians across Cook Inlet.
Day 4: Another stunning ride day around the Kenai Peninsular to the wonderful Exit Glacier before riding onto Seward on the shores or Resurrection Bay.
Day 5: Today we turn north via Hatchers Pass before reaching Talkeetna spectacularly located in the shadow of Mt McKinley, North Americas highest mountain
Day 6: Its a free day today allowing us time to enjoy a flight over Mt McKinley (included) and the epic scenery of the Denali National Park
Day 7: Further north the landscapes opens out as we reach the Alaskan interior over-nighting in former gold rush city of Fairbanks.
Day 8: We cross the mighty Yukon River & Arctic Circle and ride the legendary Dalton Highway spending a night at the famous Coldfoot truck-stop, famous if you watch the Ice Road Truckers series!
Day 9: Continuing due north on the "Haul Road" we cross the Atigun Pass before descending onto the Arctic Tundra and the magnificent Gates of the Arctic National Park, keep an eye out for bears and herds of caribou here. We reach the end of the road at Deadhorse, at Prudhoe Bay, true Alaska!!
Day 10: After a swim in the Arctic Ocean we turn south along the "haul Road" back over the epic Brooks Range with another night spent at the wonderful Coldfoot, we will almost be "locals" here second time round!
Day 11: Back into the mountains we reach Chena Hotsprings where we can wash off the dirt from the Dalton and relax in the hot spring resort.
Day 12: A free day today at Chena Hotsprings where we can visit the Aurora Museum, go dog mushing, horse riding or quad biking (all optional).
Day 13: We hit the renown Alaskan Highway and ride south to the historic village of Chitina located on the banks of the Copper River under the gaze of the mighty Mt Blackburn
Day 14: We ride into the stunning Wrangell / St Elias National Park via the superb "off the beaten track" McCarthy Trail. We explore the old copper mining ghost town of Kennecott and spend the night at a superb lodge scenically located near the McCarthy.
Day 15: Today we reach spectacular Valdez surrounded by picture postcard scenery all around and home to the tallest coastal mountains on earth.
Day 16: A free day where we can enjoy a boat trip out to explore any number of glaciers that tumble into the majestic Prince William Sound (included). Time permitting we can also visit the Exxon Valdez Museum dedicated to "that" incident that put Valdez on the map.
Day 17: We leave Valdez for more spectacular riding to our overnight stop at Majestic Valley sandwiched between the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges.
Day 18: Our final day will see us visit the wonderful Matanuska Glacier where we can actually reach out and touch the glacier before arriving back into Anchorage.
Departure day: Spend some time exploring Anchorage or fly home, the choice is yours.

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Included


  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection.
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 18 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • 18 breakfasts
  • 13 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions polo shirt
  • Entrances to all national parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Colombia Glacier boat cruise
  • Flight over Mt McKinley

Not Included


  • International Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal health/ travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 2805
(please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).

Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 4000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 25 per day

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Ride Details


Ride Profile

70% of this ride is on pavement; some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow with tall shoulders and in some places "frost heaves" may be present. In the south there is a LOT of tourist traffic, drivers may be more intent on looking at the scenery than at the road!
30% of this ride will be on dirt. The vast majority of dirt is hard packed and is used by heavy transport, so not technical or difficult, however there are sections that can have loose gravel, washouts and can be rutted, especially where roadworks are being undertaken or have experienced recent rains. Generally these sections don't last long. It must be noted that the Dalton Highway is extremely changeable and can become slippery and muddy in sections if overnight rains have been experienced.

Some off-road experience is preferred for this tour.
On the more difficult sections pillions can travel in the support vehicle.
 

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Anchorage, Alaska
Tour End: Anchorage, Alaska
 

Climate

It's summer in Alaska and we can expect some beautiful sunny weather and long sunlight hours, as we are visiting during the "midnight sun" season. Riding above the Arctic Circle we should expect some colder temperatures and possible rains. Weather can be extremely changeable with all four seasons experienced in one day. We can expect temperatures of around 15 - 25°C / 60 - 80°F during the day, very cold at night.

Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
 
 
Ride Grade
4
 

Ride Distance
4,700 km / 2,900 mi

 

Sealed / Dirt
70% / 30%

Accommodation


  • 18 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run Alaskan Lodges & even a remote truckstop through to 4 star hotels.
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 2805.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)...

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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 18 Breakfasts
  • On mentioned ride days we provide lunch at a cafe / restaurant: 13 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in excellent restaurants: 7 Dinners
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Bikes



 

 

BMW R1250GS
  • 1250cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Seat height 85cm (33.5In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


 

 

BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 86cm (33.8In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres 

 
 
BMW F750GS
  • 853cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Duel purpose tyres
  • Low seat option available (79cm / 31 in)
 
Suzuki Vstrom 650
  • 645cc V twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 83cm (32.8In) Approx.
  • 6 Speed Transmission
  • 12v DC accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Duel purpose tyres
  • ABS Brakes

Insurance


Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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