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Tour 18

Utqiaġvik (Barrow) Expeditions & Adventures

Note: Alaska's northern most community has recently voted to rename Barrow to Utqiaġvik, the traditional Inupiat name for the community, the Barrow Expedition and Barrow Adventure tours have been renamed to the Utqiaġvik Expedition and Utqiaġvik Adventure.

The Utqiaġvik Expedition differs from the Utqiaġvik Adventure series by type of aircraft utilized for air transportation and the number of guests in each departure. Due to limitations of smaller aircraft the Expedition is more prone to weather alterations. 

Expedition Series guests generally travel to and from Utqiaġvik in  9-passenger, twin-engine, Piper Chieftains.  This smaller plane travels between 5,000 - 10,000 feet and provides all guests with a window and an aisle seat.  While in Utqiaġvik the guests will visit the residential and commercial areas of the community and stop out along the Arctic Ocean coast. The Utqiaġvik Expedition is a package operated by Northern Alaska Tour Company.

Adventure Series guests travel to and from Utqiaġvik in a 737 jet operated by Alaska Airlines. On any given day the plane can be configured to accommodate up to 111 passengers.  Once in Utqiaġvikguests will have a similar tour experience as the expedition guests in visiting the residential and commercial areas of Utqiaġvik. The Adventure Series is an Alaska Airlines Vacation Package and Northern Alaska Tour Company is just one of several agents who sell this tour experience. 


Utqiaġvik Expedition - One Day Tour

A One Day Guided Journey By Air To The Farthest North Inupiat Eskimo Village. 

Tour Summary: 

  • Fly north across the Arctic Circle to the ancient Inupiat Eskimo village of Utqiaġvik
  • Discover firsthand the lifestyles of Alaska's Arctic Coastal peoples with a tour of the village. 
  • Walk the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the northernmost point on the North American Continent. Bravely dip your toe in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. 
  • Depart Utqiaġvik on mid-afternoon flight to Fairbanks 
  • 8:00 am Depart Fairbanks by air. 
  • 9:15 am Arrive Coldfoot.  Restroom Break, pickup lunch (purchase on own) from Coldfoot Camp Trucker's Cafe. 
  • 10:15 am Depart Coldfoot. 
  • 12:15 pm Arrive Utqiaġvik.  Village Sightseeing Tour. 
  • 2:00 pm Depart Utqiaġvik for Fairbanks. 
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  Arrive Fairbanks. 
  • Flight times are subject to change. 
  • Tour Schedule: May 27 - August 24, 2017
  • Days Available: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • 2017 Rates: $989.00 / person (From Fairbanks)


Weather in Alaska's Arctic can and does affect flying conditions.  Weather may require alteration of a portion or all of the scheduled tour itinerary.

Due to the variable conditions on the Arctic Coast, the UtqiaġvikExpedition includes a built-in weather alternate.  If current or forecast weather conditions do not allow us to land at Utqiaġvik we visit another village, Anaktuvuk Pass.  If weather does not allow us to land at Utqiaġvik or Anaktuvuk Pass, we visit the communities of Coldfoot & Wiseman.  

The price differentiation follows:

Anaktuvuk Pass --- $589 / person

Coldfoot/Wiseman --- $559 / person

It is very important that guests understand these alternatives and are aware that these are built-in to the experience.  If the above mentioned alternative scenario is not consistent with what one is looking for in a tour experience, the Utqiaġvik Expedition is NOT the appropriate choice.

Should weather require an overnight stay, guest is responsible for cost of accommodations. 

Utqiaġvik Adventure - Overnight Tour 

An overnight journey by air to the farthest north Inupiat Eskimo village. 

Tour Summary: 

Day 1 - START  Depart Anchorage 7:45 am on AS 55 / 10:57 am arrive Utqiaġvik (Can depart Fairbanks at 6:00 AM on AS 62 to Anchorage, change planes to AS 55)

Day 2 - RETURN Depart Utqiaġvik 11:45 am on AS 56 / arrive Fairbanks at 1:05 pm (or same flight continues to Anchorage - arrive Anchorage at 2:50 pm)

Flight times are subject to change - we ask guest to call 1-2 days prior to departure to reconfirm times.

Tour Schedule: Tours operate daily from May 15 to September 15, 2016.  (Last summer tour in Utqiaġvik is September 15, 2016) 

2016 Starting at Rates: Rates begin at $889.00 per person from Fairbanks ($839.00 per person from Anchorage) and are based on double occupancy and subject to change. Rates can and do vary depending on requested date of travel, routing and available categories of seat rates. 

CANCELLATION POLICY- Due to restrictions of commercial air travel it is very important for guests to understand the Cancellation Policy associated with both Alaska Vacation packages sold by Alaska Tour Adventures (Utqiaġvik Adventure). We strongly recommend Travel Insurance for this tour.

Lost luggage, trip cancellation, medical emergency

(Add $130 for Single Supplement)




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