Arctic Spring – Korsmeyer Custom

Arctic Spring – Korsmeyer Custom


May 5, 2017 - May 10, 2017


Arctic Refuge


$8,400/ person for a party of 2. $6,000/ person for a party of 3 or more.



May 5, 2017 - May 10, 2017


Arctic Refuge


$8,400/ person for a party of 2. $6,000/ person for a party of 3 or more.

A week in the Arctic Refuge as spring arrives is an experience never to be forgotten. The brilliance of the spring sun on the melting snow, the first stirrings of life after a long winter, and the magnificent silence of the wilderness are sure to stir our soul. Join us on an Arctic Base Camp trip this May and watch the Arctic Refuge come alive.


Last updated: January 30, 2017


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

May 4

Meet at the Arctic Wild headquarters for a pre-trip meeting and gear check at 4 pm.

May 5

Fly from Fairbanks north across the Yukon River to Arctic Village. Then transfer to a smaller plane for the final leg of the journey into the Sheenjek River Valley, where we will set-up camp a short distance from the landing area.

May 6 - 9

Full days to explore this remarkable part of the world. The weather and our moods will determine our activities. Skiing, hiking, camp-craft, wildlife viewing, perhaps even fishing. With 24 hours of light our imaginations are the biggest limit to our activities.

May 10

We break camp and marvel at how much the land has changed during our short week in the wilderness. Then we listen for the hum of the bush plane, likely the first we have heard since we were dropped off, and then fly back to Fairbanks in stages, arriving in time for dinner. (Weather permitting)

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 beyond Fairbanks. Outstanding guide service. Wholesome, delicious, and mostly-organic food while in the wilderness. Stoves, cooking & eating utensils. Repair and safety equipment. Wall tent and stove. Winter camping tools. Winter grade sleeping bag and pads. Snowshoes.


Non-camp lodging. Non-camp meals. Personal clothing, and footwear.  Gratuity for guide(s). See full equipment list for details.



Temperatures vary dramatically in the arctic. We could see temperatures from 0 to +40 F. Average temperatures should be around 30 F with warm afternoons and cold nights. Multiple layers will ensure comfort despite the dramatic temperature swings common in May. Please consult with us about what clothes to bring so that you are comfortable and follow our winter packing list carefully. Bugs? We might see some snow fleas but you can leave the DEET at home.


Snow-Walkers Companion, Garrett and Alexandra Conover; Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner; Winter: An Ecological Handbook, James Halfpenny; Two in the Far NorthMargaret E. Murie.

"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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Eileen - Canning River