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 4 pm at Arctic Wild headquarters.
It’s a long day. We fly north from Fairbanks over the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle to the arctic village of Bettles. From Bettles 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 will 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 canoe our way down the Noatak. On days when we travel, we will spend about five hours on the river paddling around 15 miles. Alternating days will be layover days when we will explore on foot from camp. We can climb peaks from every camp, but there is also lots of good walking along the river, or following a pretty tundra creek. There will be free time each and every day after camp is pitched. The long evening is yours to enjoy the golden arctic sunlight.
Clean up and pack our gear. Weather permitting, we’ll catch our return flight back up the Noatak, over a great many mountains and then on to Fairbanks. Remove rubber boots!