Travel Information, Trip Planning & Terms
Alaskan travel and polar bear recommended resources and websites to help you plan your holiday viewing the majestic polar bear.
Welcome to our Travel Resources page. Planning your vacation can be just as rewarding as the trip itself. Below are links to our favorite hotels, people, books, conservation groups, and more to inform, excite and prepare you for your polar bear viewing adventure!
RAVN Airlines - The only commercial airline that flies into Barter Island daily. You can get to Barter Island from either Anchorage, Fairbanks or Prudhoe Bay. There reservations telephone number is (800) 866-8394. Note: Once you have your flights purchased, please contact RAVN for flight updates, status, etc.
Charter flights can be arranged for groups.
Important things to consider regarding flights to and from Barter Island:
Saturday flights may be added on by RAVN airlines by December or January. The only scheduled Sunday flights are through Prudhoe Bay. You can take RAVN from Anchorage through Prudhoe to Barter or you can catch an Alaska Airlines flight to Prudhoe then take RAVN to Barter Island.
Delays and cancellations do happen and the airline will either try to work with the weather or reschedule to get people in or out as soon as they can. They have done a great job waiting out weather and getting folks in this year!
It's a good idea to leave a day or two on the back end of your trip in the event the airline needs to reschedule you for a day or two later.
We strongly recommend obtaining travel insurance to cover delays or cancellations that affect you getting to your destination which is viewing polar bears. The town of Kaktovik, Barter Island, is in a remote region of Alaska. The weather in the arctic can be very unpredictable. We are not responsible for the weather and airline decisions. Flights can get cancelled and rescheduling may not be an option. Travel insurance can cover any expenses affected by delays or cancellations, including affected flights, any additional nights of lodging, missed boat tours, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
It is important to get full coverage. Getting out on the boat to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lagoon waters is the ultimate destination and delays due to flights and weather could affect getting there. Generally, insurance providers have several policies to choose from and some policies only cover tours if operations shut down for at least 24 hours, and others cover the tours and all out-of-pocket expenses no matter the amount of time.
Please call the insurance companies and talk with them about the coverage versus just signing up online. Some credit card companies offer the insurance as an added service to card holders. Two companies we suggest are:
AIG Travel Guard (Gold Plan) - http://www.travelguard.com
Allianz (One Trip Prime) - https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com
Check out this article on Travel Insurance - https://www.reviews.com/travel-insurance/Getting out on the boat to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lagoon waters is the ultimate destination and delays due to flights and weather could affect getting there. Generally, insurance providers have several policies to choose from and some policies only cover tours if operations shut down for at least 24 hours, and others cover the tours and all out-of-pocket expenses no matter the amount of time.
Hotels in Fairbanks
You will want to arrive in Fairbanks the day before you fly to Barter Island as flights depart early the following morning. There are many hotels in the area and most have airport shuttles.
La Quinta Inn & Suites - 3 minutes from the airport with breakfast included starting at 6 AM.
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge - Spacious rooms and a 24 hour shuttle upon demand.
Hampton Inn & Suites - Moments from the downtown business district, the Chena River and Fairbanks International Airport
If the forecast for the evening sky is clear, check in with the hotel on the northern lights forecast and best viewing areas.
Bring a good pair of warm winter boots, a hat and gloves, thermals, down layers, and if it's early in the season (August through mid-September) rain gear would be good. We also highly recommend bringing the 5-hour hand and foot warmers that you can get from outdoor retailers. We have extra warm gear and arctic parkas for those who may need it. Pack as if you are going skiing but with extra gear since you are not moving aerobically.
TERMS & DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Akook Arctic Adventures/Left Eye Productions Inc. are not responsible for any weather delays and cancellations or problems with airplanes (RAVN or charters).
Akook Arctic Adventures/Left Eye Productions Inc. are not responsible for any issues with the hotels.
Akook Arctic Adventures/Left Eye Productions Inc. not be responsible for any missed flights or connections.
For these reasons, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer booking assistance on RAVN Airlines, with charters, and at the Waldo Arms Hotel as a courtesy to our our customers.
The number of bears a tour sees varies greatly, but most visitors see at least one bear if not more. Please note, we cannot guarantee bear sightings. This is the wild arctic of Alaska.
Akook Arctic Adventures/Left Eye Productions, Inc. reserves the right to make changes and alterations to your trip as necessary for safety, and proper handling of your trip/tour(s). We work to ensure a safe trip, but outdoor activities of this nature are not entirely “risk free.” We cannot and do not accept any liability for any injuries to or death of tour participants, for loss or damage to personal belongings, or for any other additional time or expenses incurred by tour participants. We are not responsible for cost of delays resulting from weather, sea conditions, construction, transportation, mechanical failures, government regulations, acts of God, or any other cause.
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Polar Bear Facts & Conservation
Alaska Wilderness League - Leader in the effort to preserve Alaska's wild lands and waters.
National Resources Defense Council - the nation's most effective environmental action group. Working to curb global warming and protect polar bears.
Polar Bears International - Polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat. Lots of polar bear facts, pictures, and information.
Please contact us with any questions, to check availability, and to make your reservations for our unforgettable Barter Island polar bear viewing and photo boat tours.
tel. (360) 779-4350