Your expert guide is Captain Robert Thompson, United States Coast Guard certified master boat operator. This designation certifies your guide may safely transport passengers in federal waters, off the coast of the Arctic Refuge. Thompson has unprecedented knowledge of Arctic animals and the region's delicate ecosystem, and is well known in environmental circles in protecting the integrity of the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. Robert pioneered polar bear viewing as a viable industry in Kaktovik.
You'll catch a morning flight from Fairbanks to Kaktovik, an Inupiat village of about 300 located on Barter Island. When you arrive on Barter Island we will transfer you from the airstrip to the Kaktovik Bed & Breakfast — a cozy homestay and a guesthouse of your guide, Robert Thompson. Once there, you'll grab lunch, as well as a brief orientation for the journey. After lunch, you'll find your way to the harbor, where rustic planks lead down to open-air boats that hold a maximum of six passengers each. Here, Robert, your local guide, will give instructions on bear viewing and proper bear etiquette. At last, you will set out on his boat to see the bears. If the weather doesn't cooperate, you'll be able take a local van to the beach, which will provide an equally impressive view of the bears. Lunch and dinner are included in Kaktovik. You will sleep overnight at the Kaktovik Bed & Breakfast.read more
Today, you'll spend a full day viewing bears. You will have a 3-hour morning session and 3-hour afternoon session from a boat with a lunch break in between. Additional time will be spent on land photographing bears or searching for arctic foxes and snowy owls. Conditions permitting, you may look for and photograph northern lights in the evenings. You will sleep at the Kaktovik Bed & Breakfast.
Today you will spend the first half of the day watching polar bears from Robert's boat. Later in the afternoon, you will take a flight back to Fairbanks. You will sleep overnight in Fairbanks.
All meals, homecooked
Two nights at the cozy Kaktovik B&B homestay.
Day tours by boat and van to see the bears
Flights from Fairbanks to Kaktovik can be arranged on scheduled Ravn Air departures that we're happy to assist securing.
Private departures, for just you and your friends or family