There is no place quite like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge when the sun shines day and night on the endless rolling tundra, and the frozen ground bursts with flowers and bird song. Let us help you experience and capture the Arctic Refuge this July.
Last updated: August 11, 2018
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting in Fairbanks at Arctic Wild’s world-headquarters.
Your guide will depart Fairbanks in the morning and after the plane drops them off at Sunset Pass the plane will (weather permitting) fly to Deadhorse to meet you and fly you to the camp at Sunset Pass. Once we have all arrived, we will make camp and enjoy the first of many hikes.
Each day will bring its own surprises. The hiking will be varied from soft tundra to long gravel bars to rocky slopes. With luck there will be caribou and other wildlife to enjoy near camp. The camping is excellent and the scenery unbeatable.
Pack up early and begin listening for our airplane. When it arrives you will fly west to Deadhorse where the trip concludes. Your guide will fly back to Fairbanks.
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.
Transportation starting in Deadhorse, to the Arctic Refuge and back to Deadhorse
Food while in the wilderness
Stoves, cooking & eating utensils
Professional guide service
Select Rental Equipment is available through Arctic Wild at no additional cost
Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List
Gratuity for guide
Expect a variety of weather. July tends to be mild by arctic standards. Expect temperatures to range from in the 80’s down to freezing. Snow is always possible. Bugs could be a significant issue on this trip. DEET and a head-net are essential.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Alaska Geographic; Naturalists Guide to the Arctic by E.C. Pielou; Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer; Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez; Caribou & the Barren-Lands by George Calef; Fifty Years Below Zero by Charles Brown; Midnight Wilderness by Debbie Miller; Seasons of Life and Land by Shubanker Banjeeri; Arctic Wings by Stephen Brown. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.