Barrow (Utqiaġvik) – Top of the World

Learn about the historic culture of Alaska's Iñupiat people and spend a night at the Top of the World.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Accommodation: 1 nights
  • Starting at: $949 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, August
  • Highlights: Round trip excursion from Anchorage to Barrow with guided sightseeing including the Inupiat Heritage Center, and one night at the Top of the World Hotel. Learn about the traditions of Alaska's Iñupiat people and the northernmost community in the U.S. On a tundra walk see the remains of ancient sod huts, take some photos at the whale bone arch and dip a toe in the Arctic Ocean. Witness traditional drumming and dance performance. The tour through the Iñupiat Heritage Center provides insight regarding neighboring villages, subsistence living and local celebrations.

Tour Overview

Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, lies at the “top of the world”. The most northern community in the United States, at 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is located on the Chukchi Sea coast. On this 2-day Alaska tour of Utqiaġvik (Barrow), you will see authentic Alaska from the inside and out. Barrow took its modern name from Point Barrow, named in 1825 by Captain Beechey of the Royal Navy for Sir John Barrow of the British Admiralty. Utqiaġvik (Barrow) has approximately 4,429 residents of which 61 percent are Iñupiat Eskimo. Although it is a modern community, subsistence hunting, fishing and whaling are still very important to the local economy. Many residents who work full- or part-time continue to hunt and fish for much of their food.

What's Included

  • Roundtrip flights from Anchorage to Barrow on Alaska Airlines
  • Barrow guided sightseeing with a focus on the Inupiat Eskimo culture (up to 5 hours long)
  • 1 night at the Top of the World Hotel
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals and gratuities.

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Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Anchorage to Barrow

Today you will fly from Anchorage to Barrow*. Upon arrival in Barrow, transfer to the hotel on own or with hotel shuttle if available. Rest of your evening is at leisure to explore Barrow. You will be accommodated at the "Top of the World" Hotel, a relatively new hotel located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

Day
2

Barrow to Anchorage

Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Barrow of approximately five hours in length. On the tour you will witness ceremonies and traditions of the local culture as you tour the Inupiat Heritage Center, a National Park Service Affiliated Site. Take part in local music and dances and learn about the traditional blanket toss. Your tour includes a chance to examine the tundra, search for hundreds of bird species, view the ice of the Arctic Ocean and walk on a beautiful sand beach as far north as you're ever likely to go. Extra brave guests can join the most prestigious Polar Bear Club in the world by choosing to swim in the Arctic Ocean.

Performances during sightseeing tour: Please note the Inupiat culture embraces the whole community for certain events such as funerals or food resource blessings which may prevent participation in some of the performances during the tour. During school time, the tour may have to be altered or shortened. Tour length and tour inclusions are subject to change without notice due to local and cultural events.

*Flight Information: The flights between Anchorage and Barrow may not be direct. The Anchorage departure is typically between 2pm and 7pm. Departure from Barrow is between 8:00pm and 11pm. A night in Anchorage after this tour is strongly suggested.


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