About Us

At Northern Adventure Tours, our guides are long-time Alaskans with many years of experience in the Northern Outdoors.  With over 30 Alaska Highway trips under our belts, we know this country well.  From dog mushing to commercial fishing to building cabins in the woods, we have lived the Alaskan lifestyle – and we are ready to share it with you!

Passion

Alaska is where we proudly live and play and we have a passion for sharing the wild, untouched north country with you and your family. Pictures, television programs, and books simply cannot capture the wonder you feel standing at the famous shores of Lake Louise, the unforgettable awe of soaking in hot springs under the light of the moon, stars, and aurora, or the deep connection to the North you will develop by sleeping in the wilderness of the last frontier. We want to share moments like these and many others that will provide you with memories that will stick with you for a lifetime.

Commitment to Excellence

We are dedicated to creating extraordinary tour experiences for our clients. We strive to provide unique opportunities to explore the north country while providing the most comfortable accommodations, delicious food, and exemplary service possible.

Fueled by our passion and our commitment to excellence, we’ve planned the trip of a lifetime along one of the last wild roads in North America.  Won’t you join us?

Meet Your Guides

Brent Sass – Camp Master/Tour Guide

If your idea of heaven is an off-grid homestead 170 miles northeast of Fairbanks surrounded by fifty or so sled dogs, you’d have to agree that Brent Sass is living the good life. As an 18 year old, he moved from Minnesota to Alaska to attend college on a cross-country skiing scholarship. When a dog team passed him on the ski trails one day, he was fascinated – and hooked.  After building his very own log cabins in the woods, Brent founded Wild and Free Mushing and his life went to the dogs. Brent’s first competitive race was the 2006 Yukon Quest 300, which he won handily. He’s gone on to run and finish the Yukon Quest (a 1,000 mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse) eight times and the Iditarod three times, being named Rookie of the Year in 2012. Brent has over six years experience guiding tours in remote areas of Alaska. He calls the ghost town of Eureka, Alaska home now, living on the historic Salter Homestead. As a musher, Brent has driven the highways of Alaska and western Canada in all conditions.

Jos Govaars – Tour Guide/Camp Master

Jos is a lifelong Alaskan born and raised in the Southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Jos attended college in Fairbanks in between his time spent on the ski slopes.  He has over four years experience guiding tours in Alaska and the Yukon. Jos splits his time between commercial fishing, traveling and providing field services to researchers and scientists working in remote areas of Alaska. As a resident of “Ketchi-tucky,” (as he affectionately calls it). Jos has driven the Cassiar and Alaska Highways more times than he cares to count.

Joe Hardenbrook – Chef

Joe’s favorite place on earth is 7.5 acres of taiga forest outside Fairbanks, Alaska where he and his wife lived in an off-grid yurt for four years while building their dream cabin. He has a passion for good food, and strongly believes that fresh food from local sources is the best. An avid gardener and chef, Joe has cooked and catered around the Fairbanks scene for over eight years. He enjoys home brewing, canning, smoking the salmon his wife catches, and traveling. Joe has driven all or half of the Alaska Highway over twenty times.