We are located in the small village of Wiseman, situated in Northern Alaska, approximately 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 270 miles from Fairbanks. Flanked by the Brooks mountain range, and near the Gates of the Arctic National Park. You can reach Wiseman via the Dalton Highway, which connects Fairbanks to Deadhorse and the Arctic Ocean.

Traveling by Vehicle

There is only one road that takes you to Wiseman called the Dalton Highway, or sometimes locally referred to as the “Haul Road.” It is a well-maintained road of pavement and some sections of gravel. Winter road conditions vary based on the road maintenance response time and the extent of winter storm conditions.

  • Fairbanks to Wiseman – 6 Hours in normal conditions
  • Distance: 270 miles
  • Gas stations: Fairbanks and Coldfoot

Weather and road construction can affect travel times but count on a minimum of six hours to drive from Fairbanks to Wiseman. If you are planning on renting a car, please inquire with your rental car company to ensure that they allow travel on the Dalton Highway.

Wiseman

The Wiseman spur road is located 14 miles north of Coldfoot. A small sign will direct you to turn left, for a three-mile drive to Wiseman. Google maps call it the Hammond Road, but it is actually known as the Wiseman Spur road.

Take a left from the Dalton Highway onto the Road to Wiseman.

Take a left from the Dalton Highway onto the Road to Wiseman.

Continue along the Wiseman Spur road. Once you reach the village follow the main road winding through over a green metal bridge. Our driveway is right at the bottom of the bridge, turn right into it. Park, follow the cobblestone walkway to the porch of the house with the “Arctic Getaway” sign and ring the doorbell. We will come out to greet you. (The house might appear dark but we will be there expecting you.)

Take the first right after crossing the bridge over Wiseman Creek.

Take the first right after crossing the bridge over Wiseman Creek.

As an alternative to driving to Wiseman, scheduled flights exist from various Fairbanks and Deadhorse based flight service companies to Coldfoot.

Traveling Farther North

If you are not already planning to continue north of Wiseman, we recommend driving an additional 100 miles through the Brooks range, over Atigun pass, (the highest road pass in Alaska, 4,800 ft.) and out on to the open tundra of the Arctic North Slope and coastal plains. The spectacular scenery will reward the extra effort. You may see moose, wolves, grizzly bear, Dall sheep, musk oxen, birds, and other wildlife along the way.