A great trip to follow your trip to Gates and Kobuk. 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.
Last updated: August 17, 2019
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Your companions will be heading back to Kotzebue but you and your guide will fly south and west from the Kobuk to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Arriving mid-afternoon 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 all day exploring Cape Krusenstern. Perhaps we will watch musk ox calves cavorting in the willows or maybe spend the morning visiting with Eskimo fishermen. We can climb into the hills away from the sound of the breakers and walk the long limestone ridges. It won’t get dark so we can adventure all night!
By late morning we reluctantly break camp and await our pilot. Its a quick flight back to Kotzebue and we arrive in time (weather permitting) for the evening flight out of Kotzebue to the busy world beyond.
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.
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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.