Create your own Alaskan odyssey! Enjoy a fascinating overland journey across the state from the glacier-filled shores of the Pacific Ocean to the vast tundra of the Arctic. This... Read more.
** Not offered in 2022 **
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.
Important - Please plan a night in Anchorage before and after this program. The flight schedule will not be finalized until travel documents are being issued.
Anchorage to Barrow
Today you will fly from Anchorage to Barrow (Utqiagvik)*. Total flight time is approx. 3 hours and flight may stop in Deadhorse. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel on own or with hotel shuttle if available. Rest of your evening is at leisure to explore Barrow (Utqiagvik). You will be accommodated at the "Top of the World" Hotel, a modern hotel located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
Barrow to Anchorage
Today enjoy an approx. 5 hour guided sightseeing tour of Barrow (Utqiagvik). 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.
Note: Please note the Inupiat culture is different to the white western culture. It embraces the whole community for certain events such as funerals or food resource blessings. Those events as well as personal matters may prevent the tour guide or any tour participants from attending to the visitors. Tour length and tour inclusions are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. Please be understanding.
(Please also note that the sightseeing tour may take place on the other day, depending on the flight schedule.)
*Flight Information: The flights between Anchorage and Barrow may not be direct. The Anchorage departure (day 1) is typically between 2pm and 7pm. Departure from Barrow (day 2) typically is between 7:00pm and 11pm.