Located near the Arctic Circle in Alaska are the least visited and most remote units in the National Park System. This unique trip is designed to get you to Northwest Alaska’s fascinating park units for a glimpse of the beauty and wildness that Bering Land Bridge and Cape Krusenstern have to offer.
Interested in seeing more National Parks? Check-out our Kobuk and Gates National Parks Trip.
Cape Krusenstern National Monument lies right on the shore of the Chukchi Sea, and in addition to its scenic beauty and stunning location, it is known for its archaeological resources. Inupiat people (Eskimo) have been using this stretch of coast for hunting and fishing continuously for the last 5,000 years. Layers of human occupation including current subsistence camps stretch along the coast. Inland we regularly find Muskoxen and a great variety of birdlife in the wetlands and on the dry slopes.
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is a volcanic landscape on the Seward Peninsula, north of Nome, Alaska. Rocky spires jut from the green tundra, volcanic craters shelter musk oxen from the coastal winds and hot springs feed rivers teeming with fish. This is likely the first place where people stepped foot in North America and it is largely unchanged since. From our base at Serpentine Hot Springs we spend the bulk of 3 days hiking and birding in this remnant of the Bering Land Bridge.
With 24 hours of daylight and four full days to explore these parks we can experience the beauty and solitude of these exceptional national parks.
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide at our pilot’s hangar in Kotzebue for an orientation/ gear check at 6 pm.
Fly south down the Baldwin Peninsula, around Kotzebue Sound and down to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Arriving mid-morning we have time to set up camp before embarking on the first of several hikes on the tundra.
A full day in Bering Land Bridge. We will visit the hot springs, hike the volcanic landscape, explore the rock formations that dot the tundra, and watch the variety of birds and wildlife. With constant daylight, energy and imagination are the only limits to what we can do.
Take a last dip in the hot springs or take another hike in search of birds. By late morning our pilot returns to take us to Cape Krusenstern. After a 2 hour flight we land on the beach and set up camp within sight and sound of the Chukchi Sea. The coast offers a whole new suite of birdlife and vistas. We can hike the beach, explore the ancient beach ridges or trek inland into the rocky hills.
We get to spend bulk of the day exploring Cape Krusenstern. Perhaps we will watch musk ox calves cavorting in the willows or maybe send the morning visiting with Eskimo fishermen. By late afternoon we reluctantly break camp and await our pilot. Its a quick flight back to Kotzebue and we arrive in time for an evening departure on Alaska Airlines to Anchorage.
Transportation starting and ending in Kotzebue, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear, professional guide service, “rental” tent, sleeping bag and pad, and big wilderness.
Lodging, meals in Kotzebue, personal clothing and gear, photographic equipment. Gratuity for guide and/ or pilot.
Temperatures vary dramatically in the Arctic. Temperatures will range from the 40s to 70s. Cold rains and snow are possible, but we get plenty of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes could be an issue in Bering Land Bridge so bring a small bottle of DEET repellent just in case.