DescriptionJust 8 miles north of the Arctic Circle at a point where the Yukon River is almost 3 miles wide, the Athabascan Indian village of Fort Yukon was established as a trading post by the Hudson's Bay Co. in 1847. The village was an important port during the gold rush days, and the post office has remained popular for those who wish to mail from above the Arctic Circle.
Fort Yukon is reached by daily air service from Fairbanks; flight time is approximately 1 hour. Visitors travel here for spectacular viewings of the northern lights and may also see fish wheels in operation and purchase craftwork and fine furs. Temperatures have ranged as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and as low as minus 78 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.