A unique environment, the interface between land and sea along the Arctic Natl. Wildlife Refuge teems with life. Caribou gather along barrier islands to escape mosquitoes. Muskoxen, grizzly bears, foxes and other wildlife roam under 24-hour light. Waterfowl nest; offshore, bearded seals surface among the ice floes. And to the south, the Brooks Range arcs east to west, rising majestically above the arctic coastal plain.
There are few more exotic spots on the planet; if you crave true adventure, and aren't afraid to experience the full spectrum of arctic weather, from hot, windless sunny days to freak snowstorms and piercing north winds off the sea, then you will not be disappointed.
Day 1: Arrive in Fairbanks the day before the trip. Group pre-trip dinner meeting.
Meet at charter air company. Fly to Arctic Village. Meet our bush pilot and fly over the Brooks Range, traversing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Land on the coast. Camp. (L) (D)
Day 2: Assemble our kayaks. Hike in the area, looking for wildlife and unusual lighting for photography. (B) (L) (D)
Day 3: Paddle day. (B) (L) (D)
Day 4: Paddle and hike. Explore old Inupiat sod houses on bluffs overlooking the sea. (B) (L) (D)
Day 5: Paddle or hike. (B) (L) (D)
Day 6: Paddle or hike. (B) (L) (D)
Day 7: Paddle or hike. (B) (L) (D)
Day 8: Paddle. Camp, and dissassemble kayaks in preparation for departure tomorrow. (B) (L) (D)
Day 9: Pick-up on the Beaufort Sea, and fly into Kaktovik, a small Inupiat village on the Beaufort Sea. About 100 people live here. Explore the village, then fly on a commercial flight back to Fairbanks.
There is a chance that bad weather will prevent the pilot from picking us up. In that case, we are prepared to spend an extra night in the field. (B) (L)
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