Last updated: October 9, 2017
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting after your arrival in Fairbanks. Arctic Wild will pick you up from the airport and transport you to our shop. We will ensure you have enough warm clothes and outfit you with rubber boots.
After the pre-trip meeting, fly from Fairbanks, over the mighty Yukon River, across the Arctic Circle, over the Brooks Range, and to the Eskimo village of Kaktovik, population 400. After an orientation and moving into our rooms at a local hotel, we will meet our local guide for a three hour boat tour in the Beaufort Sea. Lunch included, dinner at the hotel.
Weather permitting, we will enjoy a 1/2 day morning boat ride with our 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 we will tour the town and local culture. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel.
Morning flight from Kaktovik to the mountains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Picnic and day hike in the Refuge. The plane will wait on the ground while you enjoy and explore the Refuge and return to Fairbanks after about 3 hours. Breakfast and lunch included, hotel and dinner on your own in Fairbanks.