Alaska’s Northern Parks

Alaska’s Northern Parks


July 15, 2021 - July 23, 2021


Gates of the Arctic National Park


$10,200/ person party of 2. $8,800/ person party of 4.



July 15, 2021 - July 23, 2021


Gates of the Arctic National Park


$10,200/ person party of 2. $8,800/ person party of 4.

Explore the beauty and wildness of America’s most northerly National Parks with Arctic Wild. We spend our first  days in the the Dunes of Kobuk Valley National Park, then move to the high country of Gates of the Arctic National Park. After hiking and birding on the tundra, we move to the Arctic Ocean at Cape Krusenstern National Monument before ending our trip among the rocky spires and hot-springs of Bering Land Bridge. The trip aims to balance the desire to see lots of country with the fun of truly exploring each of these remarkable parks.


Last updated: January 27, 2020


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 14

We’ll have a pre-trip meeting in Kotzebue the evening before our departure at 6:45 pm where we’ll check gear, and discuss the next day’s logistics.

July 15

Meet back at the pilot’s hangar and then we are off. After an hour-long flight up the Kobuk we land in right in the sand and then set-up camp next to a nearby creek. Welcome to paradise.

July 16

A full day to explore the dunes, search for wildlife, photograph the nearby surroundings, or day-dream with no one for miles around to disturb you.

July 17

Weather permitting, we’ll say a final goodbye to the Kobuk Dunes and then fly north into the Brooks Range and eventually land on a gravel bar with tundra all around. Welcome to Gates of the Arctic National Park. Camp is quickly re-assembled leaving us with the afternoon to take the first of many hikes.

July 18

A full day to enjoy the mountains and creeks of Gates of the Arctic. We can gain the ridge behind camp and hike deep into the peaks, or take a more leisurely stroll by the river. No matter where our feet take us, we’ll keep our eyes and ears trained for birds and wildlife. The endless daylight and broad landscape is inspiring.

July 19

The sound of the plane will break the silence of the mountains (weather permitting). Once we load our camp into the plane we fly west, across Noatak Preserve, stopping for lunch and a short walk in Noatak Preserve, and then we fly further west to the edge of the continent. We land on the beach in Cape Krusenstern between the lagoons and the Chukchi Sea with the pale limestone hills beckoning us inland.

July 20

Between the waves of the ocean and the peaks of the Igichuk Hills, there are lots hikes, strolls and wanders we can try. The lagoons and wetlands offer exceptional birding and with luck we will see some muskoxen within hiking distance of camp. We often do. Between the beach-combing, birding, and hiking in the hills, it will be a busy and fun day in Krusenstern.

July 21

Weather permitting, our pilot arrives mid-day for the flight south, past Kotzebue and down the Baldwin Peninsula, before heading west into Bering Land Bridge Preserve. After setting up camp a bath is in order! Then we can start exploring the tundra and mountains.


July 22

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.

July 23

There is more to explore and enjoy but when we hear the sound of the propeller we know that this adventure is nearly done. If the weather cooperates we should be in Kotzebue by mid-afternoon. Time to change your socks and take a shower!

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Transportation starting and ending in Kotzebue

Food while in the wilderness

Stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Safety, repair and camping gear

Professional guide service.

Select Rental gear is included in the price of the trip.


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List

Fishing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guides.


Temperatures vary dramatically in the Arctic. Temperatures range from the 20s to 80s, averaging in the 60’s. This is the “heat of summer” but it may not be particularly hot. Temperatures should be warmest on the Kobuk. Krusenstern likely the windiest and coldest. Mosquitoes could be an issue so travel with insect repellent (DEET) and a head-net.


Nunamiut by Helge Ingstadt; Land of Extremes by Alex Huryn; Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner; Last Light Breaking by Nick Jans; People of the Noatak by Clair Fejes. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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