One-day expeditions from Fairbanks to Kaktovik by small plane during the fall whaling season when polar bears wander off the arctic ice and congregate in one area making an expedition/viewing possible.
Viewing polar bears in the wild is one of the most unique experiences in the world. Take a walk on the wild side and see polar bears in their natural habitat. Safely view and photograph polar bears in a rare and special wildlife encounter. Visit the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kaktovik, located along the coast of the Arctic Ocean on Barter Island. Kaktovik is the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
August 25, 2013 – September 25, 2014: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturday
DEPARTURE TIME: 7:00 AM – check in 6:00 AM
RETURN: approximately 7:00 – 8:30 PM
2014 Prices and Booking Codes
USD 1399.00 per person, Booking Code NATP
• Round-trip air transportation from Fairbanks (2.5hrs each way)
• Orientation and safety briefing
• Buffet lunch at Marsh Creek Inn
• Boat ride and viewing of polar bear (3-4hrs)
• Name of each guest
• Individual body weight of each guest (pounds, stones, kilos)
• Contact address, phone number, and e-mail address.
The bears can be seen on Barter Island and in the surrounding Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The village of Kaktovik lies on Barter Island in the Arctic Ocean. Of its 256 people, most are Inupiat Eskimo, the only indigenous people of this land, and to that end help define this place, along with the air, sea, mountains, tundra and wildlife.
As weather can be very foggy on Barter Island at that time of the year, you need to spend at least one night in Fairbanks before leaving. If due to fog/weather your flight cannot leave that day, you will need to spend an extra night in Kaktovik and may return to Fairbanks only the following afternoon. Please take this into consideration when booking your flight out of Fairbanks.
Polar bear viewing is possible early September till mid November. Best viewing is till mid October.
Below you will find a sample itinerary with different options. For the exact 2014 prices, please give us a call at (907) 479 7271, or toll free 1-855-236-7271, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put together the total tour cost for you, based on below mentioned services or your personal preferences.
We suggest you spend a night in Fairbanks before starting this adventure, as flight times with little bush airlines often change, and with only one flight per day to Kaktovik, you need to ensure being in town the morning of the flight already.
Please let us know which accommodation you wish us to include into your tour: Hotels or B&Bs.
Flight from Fairbanks to Barter Island on ERA Alaska. Meet and greet at Kaktovik airport or at the hotel (rural hotel, very basic). Your guide will take you to the hotel where you check in and receive instructions on bear viewing and proper bear etiquette.
In the evening your guide will take you to the bears.
Lunch and dinner included.
In the early morning and in the evening your guide will drive you to the bears and you will have plenty of opportunity to get pictures from the animals, and with some luck even of the Northern Lights.
All meals included.
Breakfast included at your Hotel and Transfer to the airport.
Flight back from Kaktovik to Fairbanks on ERA Alaska.
Overnight at the hotel of your decision.
End of trip.
Please note: Gratuity is not included in rates listed
Additional services may be needed in case of flight cancellations due to weather and will need to be paid on spot.
Lost nights are non-refundable.
We strongly recommend travel insurance to ensure coverage for such additional cost.
Usually there are no flights to/from Kaktovik on Saturdays and Sundays.