Jago – Riberdy Custom

Jago – Riberdy Custom


June 18, 2018 - June 28, 2018


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Trips


$6,200/ person for a party of 6



June 18, 2018 - June 28, 2018


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Trips


$6,200/ person for a party of 6

Raft from the peaks of the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean on the little traveled and raucous Jago River. This rafting trip has it all: day hikes to glacier views, whitewater rafting, arctic wildlife, spring wildflowers, and even a walk to the Arctic Ocean. Traverse the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on this rarely traveled gem of a river. We have not run this trip in a while, and are excited to offer it again for your group.


Last updated: January 5, 2018


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

June 17

Pre-trip meeting with your guides in Fairbanks at 4 pm at Arctic Wild headquarters.


June 18

Fly north from Fairbanks across the Yukon River, the Arctic Circle, and the Brooks Range, to the headwaters of the Jago River.  We’ll make a comfortable camp, have a good dinner, and watch the sun refuse to set!  Welcome to the arctic!  We can climb a small hill for a lovely view of the valley ahead. There are few places in the Arctic Refuge as beautiful as our camp this first night.


June 19 - 27

We’ll paddle and hike our way down the Jago River, allowing for two or three layover days depending on water levels.  We’ll take a layover in the mountains, another on the Coastal Plain, and if we make it through the canyon smoothly we can take another layover at the coast. On days when we paddle we encounter a wide variety of conditions from steep canyons to expansive plains. Each day is an adventure as we travel north across the refuge.

June 28

Awake this morning at the northern edge of the continent.  Weather permitting, we get a quick flight to the Eskimo Village of Kaktovik and then a longer flight back south across the Brooks Range, the Arctic Circle, and the Yukon River to Fairbanks arriving late in the day.  Time to change your socks!

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



Round-trip airfare from Fairbanks

Food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Boats, paddles, life jackets, safety & repair gear

Professional guide service


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear


Fishing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guide(s)

Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild. See full equipment list.

(Please note that if you are unable to depart Kaktovik on the last day of the trip as scheduled, you will need to get yourself meals and a hotel in Kaktovik. This is not included in the trip price.)


The weather can vary dramatically in the Arctic.   Temperatures can range from the 30s to 80s even in a single day.  When the wind comes from the north, the temperature can drop to below freezing. Cold rains and snow are possible, but we get lots of sunny weather in the summer season.  “Bug season” is likely to start during our trip, so bring along a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent. Better safe than sorry.


Land of Extremes by Alex Huryn;Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Alaska Geographic;Midnight Wilderness by Debbie Miller; Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer. 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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Eileen - Canning River