The List is back! The show took a hiatus after its first season, partly to give our hosts a much-needed break, and partly to gear up for its television debut on Speed – check out tonight's new episode at 10:30PM EST/PST. But Jessi and Patrick have finally returned to Autoblog, and they're back with a slate of new episodes that begins with this epic adventure that should definitely be on your list of 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die.

We've asked Jessi and Patrick to do some crazy, even dangerous, things during the course of producing this show (racing in the Baja 1000 comes to mind), but never before have they returned from an assignment a little surprised that they made it back.

Indeed, the Arctic Circle is a big, desolate and dangerous place to go for a drive, but it's also beautiful, challenging and rewarding in a way that few other road trips can be. Thanks to an invitation by Mercedes-Benz and the company's support crew, Jessi and Patrick teamed up with Autoblog executive editor Chris Paukert to attempt to drive a diesel Sprinter van to the Arctic Circle in the dead of winter for this mission. They returned with all of their fingers and toes intact to tell you the story, but did they make all the way there? You'll have to watch to find out. After you watch the video, if you still want more, check out Chris Paukert's feature story on the adventure by clicking here.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      John Reid
      • 2 Years Ago
      On my list of things to do before I die
      • 2 Years Ago
      I’ve always found this series a little cliché but that one was pretty amazing.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is this guy getting his info on Alaska? The smallest state by population is Wyoming. Alaska also has a greater population than Vermont and North Dakota.
      • 2 Years Ago
      All paved roads? OK. And did you catch the diesel fuel conditioners they used? One was Power Service, but the other was Ford's Cetane Boost and Performance Improver with the label covered or partially ripped off! So the moral is, if you want to drive to the Arctic Circle - you won't make it with out FORD! HA HA HA HA!!! Check out the bottle yourself and watch for it in the video!
      Just Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      YAWNN!! Been there, did that in an Excursion. If you want it to be a big deal, do the Haul Road in Alaska during the summer when it's a bunch of ruts and it sounds like your front end might fall out and you might get some air time.
        Monsieur Oblong
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Just Jeff
        BTDT on a motorcycle. Haul road isn't really that badly rutted. The gravel sections are MUCH better than the terrible pavement north of Coldfoot before Atigun Pass. The calcium citrate stuff is the devil though. I spent hours wondering how I was not crashing as the motorcycle slide all over the place as if I was riding on ice.
      • 2 Years Ago
      this "List" of things is about as interesting as the latest Guiness record
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been looking forward to this episode ever since Chris Paukert mentioned it on the podcast. It lived up to my expectations. I drove this exact route last Fall. The scenery was awe inspiring. It was truly an unforgettable adventure and this episode brought back the memories. That said, the road conditions were not as horrific as Ice Road Truckers and some websites make it sound. There were no basketball sized craters. You could comfortably cruise at 60 MPH in many sections. It also wasn't THAT desolate. The pipeline workers are always driving up and down the road keeping an eye on things. We rented a special Dodge Nitro with studded snow tires for the Dalton Highway section, but I'm sure our Jeep Compass would have made that section just fine. What I'm getting at is to not let the sensational stories deter you from going on this adventure. Pack smart, but it's not like you're going to need a personal locating beacon. All bets are off though if you go north of Coldfoot. I have heard from locals that the roads are indeed worse along that avalanche prone area. Also, summer may actually be a less desirable time to go. As Chris mentions, I heard horror stories about Alaskan insects. The snow also acts to fill in the pot holes and keep flying debris down too.
      hello charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Enjoyed your e-mail very much. We did this trip in May 2011. My son, daughter and her husband and me, in a Ford SUV. What a wonderful trip. Great to follow the pipe line. Have you read "The Magnetic North" (Notes from the Artic Circle) by Sara Wheeler? It's a great read.
      Pearl Nestor
      • 1 Year Ago
      One Summer I drove up to Circle City, furthest North I've ever been. Dang, it got COLD at night, even in the Summer!!! We were camping out, we ended up sleeping in the car it was so cold. Thank God for car heaters!
        Pearl Nestor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pearl Nestor
        I calculated the distance from Circle City to Cold Foot and it's only an 8 hour drive, dang, should have gone the distance!
      Hello Walter
      • 1 Year Ago
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