Barrow Alaska | Vacation on Top of the World | Barrow Alaska Tours

Alaska above the Arctic Circle: Native Heritage, Arctic Ocean and Wildlife

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Barrow is situated 1,300 miles south of the North Pole, making it the northernmost community in the United States. Two-thirds of its approximately 4,500 residents are of Inupiat Eskimo descent. The local culture is an interesting mix of traditional lifestyles influenced by community investments from the profits of the Alaskan Pipeline. Rustic cottages still have animal skins drying outside, while on the inside, people enjoy cable TV and Internet access. Because of its location, the area is also a research center for climate change. Visitors to Barrow can learn more about Inupiat culture and history at the Inupiat Heritage Center, or by visiting during the Nalukataq - the traditional spring whaling festival, usually held in June. Another unique Barrow attraction is the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Monument, a memorial dedicated to Will Rogers, famous American humorist, and Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Their plane crashed just outside of town in 1935 as they were attempting to fly from Fairbanks to Siberia.

Day 1: Fairbanks | Anchorage – Barrow

Barrow, located 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is the northernmost settlement in the United States. In winter, the community endures 65 days of darkness, while during summer it enjoys 82 days of perpetual sunlight. Of the community’s 4,000-plus residents, more than 60 percent are of native Inupiat descent. Barrow was originally a whaling community, and tours of Barrow often combine cultural and educational activities with wildlife viewing and tundra exploration. The majority of Barrow tours take place between mid-May and mid-September, when average daytime temperatures are in the 40s. Keep in mind that average nighttime temperatures only creep above freezing in July and August. Tours are focussing on cultural activities and include visiting the Inupiat Cultural Heritage Center, seeing Native Alaskan craftsmen and learning about traditional Arctic dances. Arriving visitors are welcomed at the airport. Sightseeing tour begins at the airport with narration by trained guide. Travel alongside the Arctic Ocean, including visits to the northernmost point, traditional hunting camp, old whaling safety station and general store. External visits to a distant early warning system and arctic research site.

Day 2: Barrow - Fairbanks | Anchorage

Polar bears are abundant in the Barrow area. They co-exist with the native population because the Inupiat whale hunting tradition is to leave carcasses for the bears at Point Barrow. At a safe distance from the town’s inhabitants, this location attracts polar bears that you can view from the safety of an enclosed vehicle. We offer summer and winter trips from Barrow to Point Barrow, approximately 10 miles from the city on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Tours conducted by local experts also include a visit to an old whaling village and an Arctic exploration camp. The Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (arcticscience.org) is home to educational science exhibits that highlight the research activities taking place in the 7.5-acre Barrow Environmental Observatory. Barrow visitors can use the resources of the Barrow Birding Center, managed by the Consortium, to identify the most likely locations around Barrow for spotting specific bird species. The virtual center offers downloadable species guides and email assistance from area experts and North Slope Borough biologists. The National Park Service and the North Slope Borough jointly manage Barrow’s Inupiat Heritage Center (nps.gov). The center houses cultural and historical artifacts that depict the Inupiat heritage. The center’s permanent exhibit, created with community collaboration, details Inupiat contributions to the development of the worldwide whaling industry. Activities at the center include public arts and crafts demonstrations along with cultural performances, such as drumming, dancing and the Blanket Toss Festival.
 
TIP: From November through January, the sun never rises in Barrow. Brave the cold to witness the Northern Lights when the sky is dark and cloudless. This eerie astronomical display is a natural phenomenon that features the aurora borealis and ribbons of colored lights that appear to dance around it. The most frequent light shows occur early in the evening. Tour available on request.

Tour Including

  • 1 Night at the Top of the World Hotel | Rooms with Bath
  • Hotel and State Taxes
  • Flights from/to Fairbanks or Anchorage
  • Guided Tundra Tour
  • Transfers
  • Official Arctic Circle Certificate
  • Inupiat Eskimo Cultural Program
  • Barrow Village Tour
  • Reservation Fees
  • Departure Fairbanks 18:10 / Return 22:00

Rates per Person in US $ from Fairbanks or Anchorage

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May 15 - September 30 | 02-Days Barrow Package ex Fairbanks

May 15 - September 30 | 02 Days Barrow Package ex Anchorage

 

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