The Noatak River is the heart of America’s northernmost national park. Join us for a 6 day trip in Gates of the Arctic National Park for the perfect mix of canoeing, hiking and camping with Arctic Wild. Join us for a wilderness paddling trip never to be forgotten.
Last updated: September 20, 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 4pm
It’s a long day. We fly north from Fairbanks to Bettles, crossing en route the mighty Yukon River and the Arctic Circle. Then, we charter a plane into the Gates of the Arctic National Park. We’ll land on a sprawling lake near the river. If the mood strikes us we can assemble the canoes and paddle for a bit. Or we might elect to explore our surroundings on foot and save the paddling for the next day.
We’ll paddle our way down the Noatak. We’ll paddle about 18 miles on the moving days which will take about 5 hours. There will be free time each and every day after camp is pitched, the long evening is yours to enjoy the golden arctic sunlight, fishing, climbing the nearby ridges or just skipping rocks! We will also have a layover day or two when we don’t need to break camp and can enjoy the solitude and wilderness. A nice long hike is in order.
With another 300 miles of the Noatak it will be hard to pack-up and say goodbye, but when the plane arrives we will load-up and fly south. Weather permitting we should be back in Fairbanks in time for a late dinner.
If you would like to extend your time in the wilderness we would be happy to arrange a custom extension to this trip for you, either to continue down the Noatak, or for a couple of days at Kobuk Dunes, or anywhere else you want to explore.
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 and ending in Fairbanks
Food while in the wilderness
Stoves, cooking & eating utensils
Boats, paddles, life jackets
Safety & repair gear
Professional guide service
Temperatures vary dramatically in the Arctic. Temperatures range from the 20s to 70s, averaging in the low 60’s. This is the end of summer and fall could start any day. Mosquitoes should be on the decline or entirely absent, but travel with insect repellent (DEET) and a head-net just in case.