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On the Road: Arctic Landscapes, Regal Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park

Program Number: 17292RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/13/2014 - 8/24/2014; 6/17/2016 - 6/28/2016; 7/18/2016 - 7/29/2016; 8/2/2016 - 8/13/2016; 8/17/2016 - 8/28/2016;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Price starting at: $4,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks
Meals: 31; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Fly to Barrow for a look at how Inupiat Eskimos live off land and sea and to celebrate the summer solstice. Watch the sun wheel around the sky, never setting below the horizon. Meet research scientists, take a field trip to see muskoxen, caribou and reindeer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks large animal research center and stand underneath the Alaska Pipeline. Spend two nights at the end of the road deep in the heart of Denali National Park, then take the Alaska Railroad to Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center, where researchers share their work rehabilitating the ecosystem after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.


In Denali scout for moose, Dall sheep, wolves and bears.
Ride the rails to the “land of ice” and study the ice ages, volcanic forces and rising and falling sea levels.
Watch for whales, otters and puffins from a ship in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Activity Particulars

Walk short distances, uneven terrain. Optional hikes. Standing about one hour. Sailing on the open ocean during a four-hour field trip in Seward.

Itinerary Summary

Fairbanks, 2 nights; Barrow, 1 night; Fairbanks, 2 nights; Denali National Park 3 nights; Anchorage, 1 night; Seward, 2 nights.

Coordinated by Denakkanaaga.

Denali National Park

Established in 1917, this 6 million-acre wilderness is home to 20,320 foot Mount McKinley, and wildlife such as moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bear, and is considered one of the most intact sub-arctic ecosystems in the world.


Situated between boreal forest, tundra, temperate rainforest and a marine environment, Anchorage was established when the Alaska Railroad was constructed to connect the interior with the coast. The area is home to almost half the state’s population. 


Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most picturesque communities. Founded in 1903, it is named for William H. Seward, the Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska (originally derided as “Seward’s Folly”). Seward serves as a gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park.


Barrow is the northernmost city in the U.S. and one of the northernmost in the world — 4,212 hearty souls, the majority of them Inupiat Eskimos, live here, 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. In mid-November, the sun sets on Barrow and does not rise above the horizon again for 65 days. The city is home to a National Weather Service Office.


The indigenous Athabaskan tribe had fished in the local area for centuries before it was settled in 1903 as a trading post for riverboats and gold prospectors. Fairbanks today is an important player in interior Alaska’s oil fields and pipelines.

Fairbanks: Hotel. Barrow: Hotel. Denali: Cabin and backcountry lodge. Anchorage and Seward: Hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Kathleen Leitgeb

Born in Manhattan — about five blocks from the Empire State Building — Kathleen Leitgeb journeyed to Alaska in 1970 for a “short” visit, and is still there 45 years later. After graduating with a degree in anthropology from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF), she worked as an archaeologist during the building of the Alaska pipeline. In 1990, she was hired as the director of the UAF Road Scholar program, and has enjoyed leading learning adventures since then.
Meals and Lodgings
   Springhill Suites
  Fairbanks, Alaska 2 nights
   Top of the World Hotel
  Barrow, Alaska 1 night
   Springhill Suites
  Fairbanks, Alaska 2 nights
   Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
  Denali Park Area 1 night
   Kantishna Roadhouse
  Kantishna, Alaska 2 nights
   Anchorage Ramada Inn
  Anchorage, Alaska 1 night
   Breeze Inn
  Seward, Alaska 2 nights
 Springhill Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: In Fairbanks we are staying in one of the newest and fanciest hotels in town. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fairbanks overlooking the banks of the Chena River. Shops, museums, restaurants, small museums and historical sites are all within easy walking distance. .
  Contact info: 575 First Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
phone: 907-451-6552
  Room amenities: All rooms are suites. Queen beds or better. Sofa, armchair, desk, mini-fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board, television with cable, desk, and free high-speed internet access are available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $156 per night, plus an 8% tax If you want to arrive early or stay over after the program ends, the Springhill Suites is offering a special Road Scholar rate. BASED UPON AVAILABILITY, the cost for a room is $156 per night, plus an 8% city bed tax. To make reservations, you may either call Becky Brown at 907-273-3724 or make the reservation through e-mail. The address for e-mail is Be sure to mention that you are with the Fairbanks Road Scholar program when making your reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Top of the World Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Barrow's newest and fanciest hotel, opened in April, 2014. The hotel is conveniently located near downtown Barrow, overlooking the Arctic Ocean.
  Contact info: 3060 Eban Hopson Street
Barrow, AK 88723 USA
phone: 907-852-3900
  Room amenities: Free Wi Fi, free cable, free local calls, flat screen TV, coffee maker, iron & ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Gift Shop Guest fitness room Guest launderette - coin operated Two guest kitchens (one each on the second & third floors) Three meeting and conference rooms Niggivikput Restaurant - American Cuisine (opening soon)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel located in a wooded area on the banks of the Nenana River right outside the southern boundary of Denali National Park
  Contact info: Mile 231.1 Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2696
  Room amenities: Rooms are furnished with in-room coffee, WiFi, cable TV, hair dryers, two double beds, full bathroom, and alarm clocks. ADA approved handicap accessible room
  Facility amenities: Small store on premises
  Smoking allowed: No

 Kantishna Roadhouse
Type: Lodge
  Description: Remote luxury lodge located in in the heart of Denali National Park. Stay in small log cabins.
  Contact info: Mile 97 Denali Park Road
Kantishna, AK 99755 USA
phone: 800-230-7275
  Room amenities: Full private bath, climate controls, alarm clock.
  Facility amenities: Activity center, library, book shop, gift shop, saloon.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Anchorage Ramada Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Excellent location in downtown Anchorage
  Contact info: 115 E. Third Street
Anchorage, AK 99501 USA
phone: 907-272-7561
  Room amenities: Television, wireless internet access.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Breeze Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located right in the heart of downtown Seward, overlooking the small boat harbor.
  Contact info: 1306 Seward Highway
Seward, AK 99664 USA
phone: 907-224-5237
  Room amenities: Private bathroom, television, telephones, desk
  Facility amenities: Dining room and lounge
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
6:00 p.m. at Springhill Suites in Fairbanks, Alaska You will be staying at Springhill Suites that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 Breeze Inn in Seward, Alaska You will be staying at Breeze Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Springhill. Get permit from desk. NOTE: THE FREE PARKING APPLIES ONLY FOR THE DAY YOU ARE STAYING AT THAT HOTEL. For the rest of the trip, we are on trains or planes or buses and a car is not appropriate.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fairbanks, Alaska
  Nearest city or town:  Nenana, Alaska
  Nearest highway: Parks, Steese, Elliot, Alaska Highway
  Nearest airport:  Fairbanks International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Seward, Alaska
  Nearest city or town:  Anchorage
  Nearest highway: Seward Highway
  Nearest airport:  Anchorage International
Travel Details

Seward, Alaska to Anchorage Airport


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Charter Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Price depends upon the number of people sharing the cost. In the past, it's been about $55 p/person
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2 hours 32 mins 




126 miles


MORNING SHUTTLES FROM SEWARD GET BACK TO ANCHORAGE AROUND 1:30 p.m. IF YOU WANT TO FLY OUT THE LAST DAY OF THE PROGRAM, DO NOT MAKE PLANE RESERVATIONS OUT OF ANCHORAGE EARLIER THAN ABOUT 4:00 P.M. Please send us an e-mail or call us at 907- 451-3906 if you are interested in sharing a bus among the group. If enough people sign up to go together, we will arrange for a charter




From Train Station




Hotel Shuttle
phone: 907-451-6552


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




Under 2 miles


If the shuttle is not available, the hotel will arrange for a taxi to get you and they will pay for it. THE HOTEL HAS TO ARRANGE AND AUTHORIZE THIS. DO NOT TAKE A TAXI WITHOUT TALKING TO THE HOTEL FIRST OR YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FARE.




From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
phone: 907-451-6552


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15-20 minutes 




4 miles


If the shuttle is not available, the hotel will arrange for a taxi to get you and they will pay for it. THE HOTEL HAS TO ARRANGE AND AUTHORIZE THIS. DO NOT TAKE A TAXI WITHOUT TALKING TO THE HOTEL FIRST OR YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR IT.

Driving Directions
  Airport Leave airport on Airport Road. (The only way out of the airport.) Drive east about 4 miles to Cushman Street. Turn left unto Cushman. Turn right at 1st Avenue. Hotel is on the corner.
Equipment Requirements: Good sturdy walking shoes or light hiking boots. Rain gear.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Dinner/Welcome
(Wednesday, August 13)
 Arrive To: Dinner in local restaurant
 Evening: Welcome to the program by Road Scholar staff.
Accommodations: Springhill Suites

Day 2: Field trip to the University of Alaska Museum of the North/Field trip on the Chena River on the Riverboat Discovery
(Thursday, August 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel breakfast room
 Morning: Field trip to the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The museum is a world renowned circumpolar research center with extensive collections and information gathered from current and past scientific expeditions in Alaska, America's only arctic state. The museum offers exhibits on Native culture, post-contact history, geology, fauna, flora, the gold rush, the pipeline, the Aurora, plus rotating art and photo exhibits, all housed in a beautiful and striking architectural gem. Special emphasis on Arctic and Sub-Arctic ecology and environment and the people who inhabit this northern edge of our world.
 Lunch: Lunch on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
 Afternoon: Members of a family that has been captaining riverboats since the beginning of the last century share their knowledge of the river with their passengers. Stop on the banks of the Chena River where you will learn about traditional Native arts and crafts, food preservation, dog-mushing, aviation and life in the far north.
 Dinner: We like to let you explore various restaurants in the places we stay. We tend to choose restaurants where locals eat. People usually get to choose their meal from the menu. There is sometimes a price restriction, but there are plenty of selections that are within our budget. Restaurants may include Thai, Mexican, southern barbecue, Chinese and classic Alaskan establishments.
Accommodations: Springhill Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Flight to Barrow, the northern-most community in the United States. Field trip to Inupiat Heritage Center
(Friday, August 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided by Fairbanks hotel in their dining area
 Morning: Barrow is the largest Native village in Alaska. It has a population of about 4,000 people and 65% of the population are Inupiat (commonly known as Eskimo by non Inupiat people). We arrive in Barrow in the late morning.
 Lunch: Lunch in Barrow hotel dining area
 Afternoon: Field trip around Barrow and surrounding area with a local guide who has extensive knowledge of the city, the people and the history of Barrow. The field trip includes stops at the Wiley Post/Will Rogers memorial, an archeological site containing ancient sod houses and a ride out to the end of the road at Point Barrow, where, weather permitting, we can see the northernmost point of the United States on the (roadless) spit of land that continues to the north. A big highlight is the stop at the Inupiat Heritage Center, which is managed by the Alaska North Slope Borough and is affiliated with the National Park Service and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The center has exhibits on the culture and traditions of the Inupiat people of Alaska. There are often presentations by Inupiat Elders. Topics vary, but most focus on Inupiat traditions, the collection and use of resources and the art of the people. There are often demonstrations on creating both art and functional goods that were necessary to sustain life. Sometimes there are singers and dancers who talk about their culture and the meaning of the dances they do.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at Ilisagvik College cafeteria. Return to our Barrow hotel after dinner.
Accommodations: Top of the World Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cultural presentation from Inupiat Elder, return flight to Fairbanks, field trip to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
(Saturday, August 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Barrow hotel dining room
 Morning: Lecture presented by an Inupiat Elder who will talk about the Inupiat culture and their responses and traditions connected to the yearly cycle of life as the seasons change and different resources become available. After the lecture, we will fly back to Fairbanks.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Fairbanks hotel dining area upon our return from Barrow
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Alaska pipeline. The approximately 800 mile pipeline crosses three mountain ranges and is built on permanently frozen ground in the north and areas of active earthquake activity in the south. These challenges led to the creation of cutting edge technology to try to overcome these obstacles. The Alaska pipeline is one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Springhill Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trips to Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the University of Alaska Large Animal Research Center
(Sunday, August 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area
 Morning: Road Scholar is hosted in Fairbanks by Denakkanaaga. Denakkanaaga is a non-profit educational organization founded by the local Athabascan Elders of the indigenous tribe of the vast Interior of Alaska and Canada. Denakkanaaga is housed in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor's Center. The center has exhibits and dioramas on the people of Interior Alaska and the ecosystem we live in, with a focus on Athabascan life in the past and in the present. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center, a storehouse of information and exhibits on the public lands in Alaska, is also located in the same building, as is the Fairbanks Visitors and Convention Bureau. We will have access to films and possibly presentations from their staff. Walk around downtown and check out the Ice Art Museum, featuring a video on carving the ice sculptures for the March Fairbanks Winter Carnival World Ice Art Championship. The museum includes actual ice sculptures shown in a refrigerated case. The Fairbanks City Museum is also downtown, along with statues commemorating the "first family" to cross the Bering Land Bridge into the Americas. There is another set of statues nearby commemorating the Lend Lease program, when the American government was flying planes up to Alaska and then on into Russia to support the Allies during world war II. There are also history plaques about Fairbanks and Alaska and beautiful flowers in Golden Heart Plaza on the banks of the Chena River.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Large Animal Research Station. The research station is a branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology. Studies of the large ungulates of the Arctic, the musk-oxen, caribou and reindeer, have been ongoing for decades. A researcher or station guide will talk about the biology of the animals and the ecosystems they inhabit. A strong focus is on the different adaptations that the species have made to the same environment. Life cycles and survival strategies will be explained. Pelts, skulls, antlers and horns will be available for hands-on examination and study. One of the highlights of this field trip is the opportunity to see and learn about the musk-oxen. In the same way that seeing giraffes and zebras in the wild indicates you are in Africa, the musk ox is an iconic emblem of the Arctic-you could see bears, wolves and whales in their natural habitats in many other places in the world, but if you want to see musk-oxen in their natural habitat, you must travel to the Arctic. (And have a bit of luck while you're here.).
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Springhill Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Travel to Denali National Park on the Alaska Railroad.
(Monday, August 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on the Alaska Railroad
 Morning: Take the Alaska Railroad south from Fairbanks to Denali National Park
 Lunch: Lunch at a cafe in Denali National Park
 Afternoon: Field trip to the "Front Country" of Denali National Park. Explore the visitor's center, the Murie Science Center and the Alaska Geographic book store. Optional hikes through the woods either on your own or join in with the daily park ranger hike.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Drive 90 miles into Denali National Park.
(Tuesday, August 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our Denali Hotel
 Morning: Drive 90 miles into the wilderness of Denali National Park in a school bus to Kantishna Roadhouse. Kantishna is one of only three hotels in the park and has been "grandfathered" to have the right to have guests stay there. It was part of the Kantishna mining operations in the early 20th century. The bus drivers are usually very knowledgeable guides who will teach you about the ecosystem of the park, its flora, fauna, geology, history and topography. Once at the lodge, you may sign up for various hikes, van rides, lectures, a chance to pan for gold, take a bike ride or do some fishing provided by the staff of the lodge.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on bus
 Afternoon: Continue trip to Kantishna.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Kantishna resort
Accommodations: Kantishna Roadhouse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Free time to enjoy being in the heart of Denali National Park
(Wednesday, August 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort
 Morning: Free morning. Sign up for various levels of hikes with experienced guides. Or just rest and relax in beautiful surroundings.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area. Or you may pack a sack lunch if you are on a long hike.
 Afternoon: Kantishna Roadhouse offers a lecture series on various topics about Alaska and her people, presented by knowledgeable local Alaskans.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort
Accommodations: Kantishna Roadhouse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Drive back through the park, board bus for trip to Anchorage.
(Thursday, August 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Kantishna Lodge
 Morning: This is a LOOOONG day. We leave Kantishna at 5:30 a.m. to return to the front country of the park. We take about an hour or so rest stop at the train station. Then we board a bus to drive to Anchorage. We use a bus because it's faster than the train. If we used the train, we'd get into Anchorage around 8:30 p.m. or later. Using a bus, we get in to Anchorage in the late afternoon and have time for dinner and a quiet evening. The next morning we have to leave the Anchorage hotel at 5:30 a.m. to catch the train to Seward. Whew...
 Lunch: Sack lunch for bus trip
 Afternoon: Drive to Anchorage, Alaska's largest city.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in our Anchorage hotel.
Accommodations: Anchorage Ramada Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Alaska Railroad to Seward/Field trip to the Alaska Sea Life Center
(Friday, August 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on the Alaska Railroad
 Morning: Take the Alaska Railroad south through spectacular scenery along the shores of Cook Inlet to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. The stunning beauty of this trip is one of the best kept secrets of Alaska.
 Lunch: Sack lunch at the Alaska Sea Life Center
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Alaska Sea Life Center, a cutting edge marine research facility. The center has ongoing research projects and exhibits on the marine life of the South Central northern Pacific shores of Alaska. We will have classes on ongoing research and a behind the scenes tour of the facility. The Alaska Sea Life Center is one of the few good things that came out of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Money from damages assessed by the state on Exxon was used to start up the research center. One special focus was to study the long term effects of the oil spill on the people, the animals and the land of South Central Alaska. The center has become an excellent research facility, drawing students from all over America and some international students also.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Breeze Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Field trip to Exit Glacier. Field trip on boat into Kenai Fjords National Park.
(Saturday, August 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our Seward hotel
 Morning: Field trip to Exit Glacier, part of Kenai Fjords National Park. Hike with a park ranger along flat paved and gravel paths to view the glacier. The ranger will lecture on glaciers and ice ages and environmental changes. Optional hike up a fairly steep hill for more views and an overlook of the face of the glacier.
 Lunch: Lunch on the Kenai Fjords National Park boat trip. Set lunch of a chicken wrap, raw carrots and celery and a cookie. Vegetarian option available.
 Afternoon: Board a boat in Seward and sail out into beautiful Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park. Resurrection Bay was named by the Russians, who "discovered" the bay on Easter Sunday ("Resurrection" being their designation for "Easter".) On just about every trip we see seals, walruses, otters, numerous birds, including some puffin varieties and sometimes whales, set against a backdrop of magnificent glaciers. We will sail close to a glacier and hopefully will witness some calving while we're at a safe distance offshore.
 Dinner: Graduation dinner at one of Seward's finest restaurants.
Accommodations: Breeze Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Program ends in Seward after breakfast.
(Sunday, August 24)
 Depart From: The program ends in Seward after breakfast at our hotel. You are responsible for making your own departure arrangements from Seward. But in the past, we have taken a count of the number of people who wanted to return to Anchorage the day the program ended. In every program we've run so far, we had enough people to arrange a charter bus that would leave Seward at a convenient time and place for us and would drop us at the Anchorage airport and then continue to downtown Anchorage. If you would like to join us on our shuttle, contact our Fairbanks office at 907-451-3906 or through e-mail to to let us know. The price will depend upon the number of people sharing the cost. In the past, it's been about $55 per person. Shuttle information for those making their own arrangements: Parks Connection. 800-266-8625. Depart Seward 10:30 a.m. arrive Anchorage 1:30 p.m. $65. Depart Seward 6:30 p. m. arrive Anchorage 9:30 p.m. $55. Seward Alaska Shuttle Bus Service and Tours 888-257-8527 Departs Seward 8:30-9:00am. Arrives Anchorage 11:30am Departs Seward 4:30-5:00pm arrives Anchorage 7:30pm. This company runs shuttles to accommodate cruise ship passengers. They only run Friday and Sunday. Depending upon the day and the number of people they have scheduled on the shuttle, the price starts at about $40 and rises from there for fewer riders. IF YOU ARE FLYING OUT OF ANCHORAGE THE SAME DAY YOU ARE LEAVING SEWARD, DO NOT MAKE PLANE RESERVATIONS BEFORE 4:00PM. As an alternative to returning to Anchorage, some people take the Alaska Railroad back to Anchorage at 6:00pm, some take a cruise out of Seward back to the lower 48 and some just hang around Seward for a while to maybe do some fishing and then return to Anchorage on a regular shuttle to fly home another day.
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our Seward hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Arctic Dreams

Author: Barry H. Lopez

Description: National Book Award winner about the land, the animals and the people of the Arctic. A study of why the Arctic has such a hold on peoples’ imagination—even people who have never been there

Chasing Ice

Author: Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Description: A documentary movie on the effect of climate change in the northern hemisphere. Cameras were put in place and left for years to document changes. Watch glaciers melting, retreating and sometimes totally vanishing into thin air. Here's a review by Roger Ebert

Coming Into The Country

Author: John McPhee

Description: John McPhee gives a good picture of various issues that Alaska had to consider and deal with in the 1970’s, some of which totally changed the state in far reaching ways.

Fairbanks: A Gold Rush Town That Beat The Odds

Author: Dermot Cole

Description: The story of Fairbanks from the gold rush days to the present. Written by a Fairbanks journalist.

Last Light Breaking : Living Among Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos

Author: Nick Jans

Description: A study of life in the remote Alaskan Arctic and the issues that face the indigenous people who live off the land as the landscape around them is transformed by modern technology.

Shadows on the Koyukuk

Author: Sydney Huntington

Description: A personal life story of growing up in a small village in Alaska and living a traditional subsistence life.

The Firecracker Boys

Author: Dan O'Neill

Description: The story of famous physicist Edward Teller’s infamous quest to create a deep water harbor on Alaska’s Arctic Coast by using atom bombs to blast it into being. And the opposition to it.

Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness

Author: Robert Specht/Ann Purdy

Description: Autobiography of a 19 year old who came to Alaska in the 1920’s to teach in a remote village

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

Author: Velma Wallis

Description: A story about life in an ancient Athabascan culture, the challenges and the character of the people of that time.

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