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Exploring America's Arctic: From Alaska's Heart To Her Northern Shore

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8 Days | 7 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Beginning at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a premier Arctic research institution, fly north and stand on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Drive back to Fairbanks through the Brooks Range and across the Yukon River. Meet the people of Alaska, hike the tundra and observe wildlife under the endless sunlight of Alaskan summer.


• Traverse America’s Arctic across the Yukon River and up Atigun Pass to the shore of the Arctic Ocean.
• Visit the home and kennel of Mary Shields, first woman to finish the Iditarod, and explore the Arctic by dog sled.
• Spend three days and nights above the Arctic Circle under Alaska’s endless summer daylight.

Program Notes

Itinerary varies by date.

Activity Notes

Walking up to a half-mile. Stairs in lodging. Elevations up to 4,800 feet. Drive from Fairbanks to Prudhoe is 500 miles over two days, 12 hours per day over rough gravel roads. Frequent breaks, no more than two hours between outhouse stops.

Itinerary Summary

June: Fairbanks, 2 nights; flight to Prudhoe, 1 night; Toolik, 1 night; Coldfoot, 1 night; Fairbanks, 3 nights.
July: Fairbanks, 4 nights; flight to Prudhoe, 1 night; Coldfoot, 1 night; Fairbanks, 2 nights.

Date Notes
Experience a rare opportunity to spend a night at the Toolik Arctic Research station and meet with climate scientists to learn about cutting edge Arctic ecosystem projects.7/9/2016
Spend time at World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) and visit the University of Alaska Large Animal Research Station during this program date.

Coordinated by Denakkanaaga.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances
1 Flights during the program


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