Polar Bear Tour 2016
Polar Bear Watching in Alaska
September 5-9 2016
5 Days / 4 Nights
If you’ve ever dreamt of flying over the spectacular Arctic tundra to a remote village and then to view polar bears both on the land and on the sea then this is the experience you must not miss.
After arrival in Anchorage on your own and transfer to a local hotel for check-in. (We can assist with these arrangements for you.) This evening we will meet our tour leaders and other members of the group for a tour orientation meeting.
We fly north from Anchorage, to the Arctic Ocean and to the remove village of Kaktovik.
Kaktovik, or Inuuniagviat Qaaqtuvigmiut, the ancestral homelands of the native Kaktovikmiut of the Arctic Coast of Alaska. These lands have been called home for thousands of years. Today the population is approximately 300 people. Kaktovik is a small native village on an island in the Arctic Ocean, and the only village in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This is whaling season and hopefully the local villagers have or will be landing whales at the time of our arrival. Whaling and its ceremonies are significant parts of native culture and village subsistence lifestyle. We will observe traditional hunting ceremonies and the processing and sharing of the whale and what it means to the people of Kaktovik
Upon our arrival, our Inupiat native guide who will escort us to our hotel for check-in, lunch and tour orientation session will meet us. The afternoon will be spent getting acquainted with the village.
Day 2 3 4
The next 4 days will be spent in our private van and boat own private boat with our experienced Inupiat guide, Bruce Inglangasuk. His family has lived and worked in the arctic for generations. He will share his traditional knowledge of the animals the land and the culture of this unique area of the world. This area host’s significant polar bear activity with mothers and cubs gathering in the village they patiently await the return of the sea ice.
We also will explore the island in our private van, visit with local people, and always watching for polar bears.
Evenings are spent at our comfortable arctic hotel where the coffee is always on and food is always available. Be prepared for informal meetings with local residents and other visitors who will share their knowledge of whales, bears, and arctic village life.
Day 5 After breakfast and a final tour of Kaktovik, we will pack up and depart Kaktovik and return to Anchorage.
Tour Size is limited to only 6 participants
This is a specialized tour for nature and cultural lovers, photographers, and anyone who wants to observe arctic wildlife and native culture at the source. It is a unique arctic experience.
Included in price
Round-trip airfare from Anchorage
4 nights lodging (Double Occupancy)
5 days of polar bear viewing
5 days of possible whale harvesting
All meals during the trip
Tour Guides / Polar Bear Certificate