Posted on May 03, 2023 under General, Trip Planning Resources
Last Minute Arctic Wilderness Trips

If you are still hoping to explore Alaska’s arctic with us this summer, it’s not too late! We still have a few spaces on trips in both the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Gates of the Arctic National Park. All of these trips combine spectacular landscapes, outstanding guides, and quality gear to give you the trip of a lifetime!

kiliii yuyan photo of two snowy owls

Caribou Migration Backpack  June 11 – 17, 2023

We currently have two open spaces on a traverse from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Coast. You’ll experience incomparable wilderness under the midnight sun far above the Arctic Circle. This area is frequented by the Porcupine River caribou herd and we may be lucky enough to see them migrating past our camp. Follow ancient caribou trails from the mountains to the sea with us this June.

Backpacking in the Arctic Refuge

Arctic Refuge Packrafting  June 14 – 22, 2023

If you are looking for a unique and challenging trip in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, look no further. We have space for two more adventurous souls on a packrafting trip across the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. We follow animal trails etched deep into the tundra to the Sadlerochit River and then paddle one-person rafts from the northern Brooks Range to the Beaufort Sea. Climb a peak and touch the sea ice all in one fun filled trip!

arctic packraft

The Whole Kongakut  June 21 – July 5, 2023

A recent cancelation has opened up a spot on our most popular and iconic trip on the famed Kongakut River. This two week rafting trip has it all! Fun and splashy rafting, endless and spectacular day hiking, perfect tundra camping, a tremendous variety of wildlife, and a chance to explore the Brooks Range, Arctic foothills, Coastal Plain, and the Arctic Ocean. Act quickly if you want the last spot on this once in a lifetime trip.

Kongakut River Alaska

  Arrigetch Packrafting  August 17 – 30, 2023

Celebrate the wilderness of Gates of the Arctic National Park on this combination backpacking and packrafting adventure to the Arrigetch Peaks. The trip starts with a week of packrafting on the spunky Alatna River and ends with a 5 day backpacking trip into the granite spires of the Arrigetch Peaks. On this trip you’ll hike tundra peaks, paddle an arctic river, explore the boreal forest and gawk at Gates of the Arctic National Parks most dramatic landscape.

Gates of the Arctic Trips, Alaska

Yukon Canoe  July 10 – 19, 2023

Canoe through the historic and beautiful Yukon Charley National Park with us this July. The massive Yukon river winds between forests, bluffs and mile-long sand bars tracing a route through the wilderness. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for raptors, moose, and wolves and will explore historic sites along the way. With warm(er) weather and easy(er) canoeing this trip is a great choice for families of others wanting an introduction to wilderness canoeing. But with endless wilderness to explore it is also a great trip for seasoned paddlers. Join us on this classic Alaska canoe trip.

Gates of the Arctic Backpack  August 7 – 14, 2023

In the shadow of the highest peak in Gates of the Arctic National Park, we hike the lonely canyons and climb unnamed peaks in search of beauty and wildlife. And we find it in spades as we backpack 30 miles across a divide, ending at the headwaters of the Noatak River. You are more likely to encounter the elusive wolverine than another backpacker on this remote and scenic route. Lace up your boots and snatch the last 2 spots.

Hiking in Gates of the Arctic with Arctic Wild

Hulahula Raft and Hike  August 15 – 22, 2023

If you love mountain hiking, but don’t want to backpack in the Arctic, our “hiker’s special” trip on the Hulahula River in the Arctic Refuge is the trip for you. We alternate between days of rafting the busy and steep Hulahula with days spent exploring the mountains on foot. Climb a ridge or saunter up a canyon one day, and raft to a new spot for hiking the next. The tundra will be vibrant with fall colors and we often see lots of wildlife on this perfectly paced trip in the Brooks Range.

The Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Alaska Chris Miller Photo

Contact us today to learn more about any of these trips or to inquire about other possibilities for this summer or next. We would love to share the beauty of the Arctic with you.