Exploring America's Arctic: From Alaska's Heart To Her Northern Shore
The story of Alaska is as big as Mt. Denali, colorful as the northern lights and cool as an arctic polar bear. Come see for yourself as you learn about and explore this unique region.
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Program No. 1015RJ
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We had a fascinating adventure experiencing and learning about Alaska's interior and the Arctic. Highlights included crossing the beautiful Brooks Range on a remote gravel highway, seeing musk oxen in the wild, taking a dip in the Arctic ocean and interacting directly with long-time Alaskans, both native peoples and those with more recent lineage in the state.


This amazing tour includes the history of Alaska, focusing on Fairbanks and a trip to the Arctic. The guest speakers are all engaging, dynamic and knowledgeable sharing their experiences during the history through current times. The visits to sites, museums and historic tours are top quality. The paddle wheel boat tour gives an excellent narrative combined with discussions with on-shore specialists and an opportunity to get off the boat see what a native village looked like and the opportunity to meet sled dog mushers and learn about training for the great races. Other outstanding activities on this adventure include a presentation and tour by Jack who lives in a small town (population under 15) above the Arctic Circle year-round, a vIsit to the home of Mary, who ran in the major dog sled races. We also attended the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, where the unique competitions include high kick and blanket toss which requires the assistance of 52 blanket pullers. I was fascinated every minute.


This program exposed us to a wide variety of diverse experiences ranging from boat cruises, museums, discussions with interesting Alaskans (including native elders), the Prudhoe pipelines along with good food. The leader was available, flexible, and highly knowledgeable. Would recommend it highly.


Alaska is a wonderland of wilderness, warm, kind and hardy people. Flying over the Yukon River was amazing. Getting a tour around Prudhoe Bay gave us a good sense of what life is like so far north. The Arctic Ocean was still frozen in early June so instead of a swim many of us got to walk on the ocean! During the drive south on the Dalton Highway we saw many migratory birds and mammals. A highlight was an overnight stop at Toolik Research Station on the north side of the Brooks Range. There is ongoing and new research into what makes the tundra area so special and lovely. Coldfoot, crossing the Arctic Circle and the Yukon River made for interesting stops on the way back to Fairbanks. Wildflowers were beginning to dot the hillsides with yellows, whites, blues, and pink. Trees seemed to leaf out overnight. C and M June 2017.

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