Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost city in the United States and offers visitors a unique experience of the Arctic region. While touring the Iñupiat village you will visit culturally specific destinations meeting indigenous Eskimos of the Arctic region. You may witness and experience traditional events and customs. The guide will walk you through the tundra to the ancient remains of the sod huts, stop at iconic sites such as the whale bone arches and the historical registered whaling post. While we encourage folks to dip toes and fingers into the Arctic Ocean, earning a Polar Bear Plunge Certificate - we must stress that the decision to do a full-body plunge is a personal one and you must be aware of the risks involved. Keep your eye out for the diverse wildlife: polar bears, a variety of whales, walrus, seals, Snowy Owls, and more.
Imagine tapping your foot to traditional drumming, watching the movement of the fur covered mitts, the bouncing pom-poms of the beaded hide mukluks and being invited to dance the native dances during the cultural performance. You will hear the accent of the Eskimos as they generously share with you to describe their history, their art, their way of life through their stories in song.
During the tour through the Iñupiat Heritage Center, the guide will share with you about migration patterns, neighboring villages, subsistence living, festivals, and celebrations. You will smell the strong aroma of the marine mammals in the traditional room where you may watch Iñupiat artisans hone their skills while making tools, crafting native art or possibly working on their umiaqs for whaling season. Experience the Arctic hands-on.
Summer Day Tour
Complimentary airport shuttle
Walk on the tundra
Tour & stop at historic sites
Drive to Northernmost point of the U.S. road system
Whale Bone Arch
Cathy Parker Football Field
Visit the Iñupiat Heritage Center
Now offering Special Tour to Point Barrow (email for more information)
Up to approximately four hours are spent in the tour vehicle exploring the Arctic Circle. The tour departs from the Top of the World Hotel lobby at approximately noon and returns between 4:00-4:30pm.
You will be provided a sheet that provides some general reference information to equip you with a basic understanding of each of the tour destinations and significance of each. PLEASE NOTE-WE CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 75 TOUR GUESTS- CONTACT : Reba Lewis, Top of the World Hotel Manager at reba.lewis@TundraToursInc.com or Front Desk Staff at 907.852.3900.
Polar Bear Plunge
You will have the opportunity to plunge your hands or feet into the Arctic Ocean/Chukchi Sea, earning the Polar Bear Certificate. If you should choose to do a 'full body' plunge, it is important to understand, as with any 'extreme' adventure, that there are risks involved. We cannot recommend any activity putting you at risk- so please be aware if you should decide to do the 'full body' plunge. (Water temperature is generally in the 30-36 degree range during our summer season).