Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 30 miles total, about 1 hour, with stops for field trips. Flight to Fairbanks, AK, is approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1 mile total throughout the day on mostly flat terrain. Standing up to one hour on field trips and in Utqiaqvik Airport. Boarding flight requires walking across a tarmac and up steps.
At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, assorted yogurts, cereals, bagels, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
A researcher from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will give a presentation on what it's like to work in the northern most research station on weather and climate in the Western Hemisphere. Following our lecture, we will check out and transfer to the airport for our flight to Fairbanks, Alaska. Please keep in mind that Utqiagvik is a small community and therefore has a small airport. There is limited seating in the departure lounge and your bags may need to be opened for inspection as there is no x-ray machine.
We will have a boxed lunch to take with us to the airport.
After arriving in Fairbanks, AK, we will board a coach for transfer to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a public research university. On campus, we'll visit the Museum of the North, a world-renowned circumpolar research center with extensive collections 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. It also places special emphasis on Arctic and Sub-Arctic ecology and environment and the people who inhabit this northern edge of our world. Following our exploration of the museum, we'll check into our hotel.
At a local restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal including dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Following dinner, our Study Leader will guide an optional walk along the river for those who'd like to continue exploring the area. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure.