The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the best place in the world to watch polar bears and Arctic Wild’s guides are uniquely qualified to share the wonders of the Arctic with you. On our trip to the Arctic Coast this fall you can immerse yourself in the world of the polar bear, learn about modern Eskimo (Inupiat) culture, and experience wilderness at the end of the earth.
Last updated: April 16, 2019
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting at 4pm in Fairbanks at Arctic Wild headquarters in Fairbanks.
Fly from Fairbanks, over the Yukon River, across the Arctic Circle, and over the Brooks Range and onto the Arctic Coast. We’ll land in Kaktovik where we settle into our hotel before exploring the community on foot.
Weather permitting, we will enjoy two 1/2 day-boat rides with a local guide. We will certainly see polar bears but we may also see bowhead whales, bearded seals and perhaps even beluga whales. Once back on shore and fed, we await evening and then will may have the opportunity to watch bears on the beach.
Another full day in Kaktovik and we will spend the bulk of it on the water with our local guide. The exact schedule will be determined by the weather and the bears but with a full day to explore we can travel a bit further and take time to watch the bears interacting with each other.
A final trip out on the water to see what the bears are up to. Changing light, temperatures, and weather make each trip on the water unique. We will have the bulk of the day to watch loons, eiders, or polar bears, or do whatever suits your fancy. Weather permitting, we will fly back to Fairbanks in time for dinner.
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 to Kaktovik starting and ending in Fairbanks
Outstanding guide service
4 days/ 3 nights food and lodging in Kaktovik at Marsh Creek Inn (double and triple occupancy rooms)
Transportation in Kaktovik
Five 3-hour boat trips (weather permitting)
Lodging beyond the duration of the scheduled trip
Food beyond the duration of the scheduled trip
Warm clothing per our Equipment List
Gratuity for guides
(Should weather delay our departure from Kaktovik you will need to pay for additional nights of lodging.)
A variety of weather should be expected including foggy periods and sunny conditions. Temperatures will be cold (20 to 50). Snow is likely. Bring a good parka, hat, and gloves. The up-side is that mosquitoes will be nowhere in sight.