Utqiaġvik (Barrow) Expedition

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Tour Summary

  • Fly north across the Arctic Circle to the ancient Inupiat Eskimo village of Utqiaġvik. 
  • Discover firsthand the lifestyles of Alaska's Arctic Coastal peoples with a tour of the village with a local host. 
  • Walk the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the northernmost point on the North American Continent. Bravely dip your toe in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. 
  • Depart Utqiaġvik on mid-afternoon flight to Fairbanks 
  • 8:00 am Depart Fairbanks by air. 
  • 9:15 am Arrive Coldfoot.  Restroom Break, pick-up lunch (purchase on own) from Coldfoot Camp Trucker's Cafe. 
  • 10:15 am Depart Coldfoot. 
  • 12:15 pm Arrive Utqiaġvik.  Village Sightseeing Tour. 
  • 2:00 pm Depart Utqiaġvik for Fairbanks. 
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  Arrive Fairbanks. 

Tour Dates and Rates

May 27, 2020 - August 24, 2020

8:00 AM Departure

Days: Monday Wednesday Thursday Saturday

Rate: $989

Activities:
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Arctic Circle
  • Undiscovered Arctic
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Arctic Circle
  • Undiscovered Arctic

 

Flight times are subject to change. 

Tour Schedule: May 27 - August 14, 2022

Days Available: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

2022 Rates: $989.00 / person (From Fairbanks)

Note: In respect to the community's recent vote to rename Barrow to Utqiaġvik, the traditional Inupiat name for the community, Northern Alaska Tour Company's Barrow Expedition and Barrow Adventure have been renamed to the Utqiaġvik Expedition and Utqiaġvik Adventure.

Northern Alaska Tour Company is pleased to once again offer our Utqiaġvik Expedition for the summer season.  Visitors are invited to join us for this small group experience to the northernmost Inupiat community of Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow.

The Utqiaġvik Expedition differs from the Utqiaġvik Adventure series by type of aircraft utilized for air transportation and the number of guests in each departure. Due to limitations of smaller aircraft the Expedition is more prone to weather alterations. 

Expedition Series guests generally travel to and from Utqiaġvik in  9-passenger, twin-engine, Piper Chieftains.  This smaller plane travels between 5,000 - 10,000 feet and provides all guests with a window and an aisle seat.  While in Utqiaġvik the guests will visit the residential and commercial areas of the community and stop out along the Arctic Ocean coast. The Utqiaġvik Expedition is a package operated by Northern Alaska Tour Company.

Adventure Series guests travel to and from Utqiaġvik in a 737 jet operated by Alaska Airlines. On any given day the plane can be configured to accommodate up to 111 passengers.  Once in Utqiaġvik guests will have a similar tour experience as the expedition guests in visiting the residential and commercial areas of Utqiaġvik. The Adventure Series is an Alaska Airlines Vacation Package and Northern Alaska Tour Company is just one of several agents who sell this tour experience. 

WEATHER ALTERATIONS AND THE UTQIAGVIK EXPEDITION

Weather in Alaska's Arctic can and does affect flying conditions.  Weather may require alteration of a portion or all of the scheduled tour itinerary.

Due to the variable conditions on the Arctic Coast, the Utqiaġvik Expedition includes a built-in weather alternate.  If current or forecast weather conditions do not allow us to land at Utqiaġvik we visit another village, Anaktuvuk Pass.  If weather does not allow us to land at Utqiaġvik or Anaktuvuk Pass, we visit the communities of Coldfoot & Wiseman.  The price differentiation follows:

Anaktuvuk Pass --- $599 / person

Coldfoot/Wiseman --- $579 / person

It is very important that guests understand these alternatives and are aware that these are built-in to the experience.  If the above mentioned alternative scenario is not consistent with what one is looking for in a tour experience, the Utqiaġvik Expedition is NOT the appropriate choice.

Should weather require an overnight stay, guests are responsible for costs of accommodations. 

For information on how to make a reservation, click on the link to our planning page. 

 

Gateway to the Arctic, the whalebone arch