Today, this native cultural event lives on - and you can celebrate their traditions at the Barrow Whaling Festival. This unique festival typically takes place following the summer solstice, to celebrate a successful spring whale hunting season. Experience traditional singing and dancing, including a blanket toss -where jumpers bounce high on a seal skin blanket that has been repurposed from a whaling crew's umiaq. Highlights of the Barrow Whaling Festival include:
Are you interested in attending this cultural celebration? Contact our Barrow hotel for information on upcoming dates. Located in the northernmost city in the United States , our friendly hotel is perfectly situated so that you can explore the incredible Alaskan Arctic. You can watch the activities from your city side room window or walk over and join the fun of the Nalukatak which is held at Simmonds Field within one block of the hotel. Please contact us today at 1-907-852-3900 for more information, to confirm upcoming dates, or to make your booking at our hotel. Please note that if there has recently been a death, dancing and drumming will not take place, as the community does not dance while in mourning. If there have been no whales harvested, there will not be a Nalukataq Festival. Note: The dates for Nalukataq are typically toward the end of the month but are yet to be determined. Please check again later for more information.