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Fort-Yukon is a small village located at the northernmost reach of the Yukon River in northeastern Alaska. It's about 145 miles northeast of Fairbanks. As of the 2010 census, the population was 583 residents. Fort Yukon is Alaska's largest Athabascan village. It serves as the staging area for outfitters and guided tours that take visitors on trips into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Circle lies only one mile south of the village. Airborne sightseeing tours from Fairbanks take visitors on a flight across the Arctic Circle and then land in Fort Yukon so that visitors can tour the village. Attractions include the historic Episcopal Church, built in 1899. When the Yukon River freezes over from the first of October to late May, Fort Yukon is not accessible by road or water, only by air. If you visit during winter, however, it's one of the best places for viewing the northern lights due to its' location and wide open terrain. Fort Yukon is one of the oldest settlements in Alaska, founded in 1847 as a Hudson Bay Company. The British trading company operated the trading post until 1869, at which time it was determined that Fort Yukon was on American soil and the Hudson's Bay Company was forced to relocate to Canadian soil. By the 1920s, Fort Yukon became one of the most important fur centers in Alaska.


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Fort Yukon Weather & Climate

Northeastern Alaska, just north of the Arctic Circle, has winters that are long and harsh. Summers are surprisingly warm, but short. The influence of the Arctic Ocean and the persistent sea-ice pack is felt in this region, with cold, continental arctic air. Daily minimum temperatures between November and March are usually below zero. Extended periods of minus 50 to minus 60 are common. Summer high temperatures run 65 to 72. Total annual precipitation averages 6.58 inches, with 43.4 inches of snowfall. The Yukon River is ice-free from the end of May through mid-September.

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Fort Yukon Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fort Yukon airport (FYU) located right in Fort Yukon.

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