Alaskan Travel Resources
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!
- Waldo Arms Hotel - Nestled in the village of Kaktovik, homestyle feeling.
- Marsh Creek Inn - A local hotel in the village of Kaktovik on Barter Island, Alaska
- RAVN Airlines - The only commercial airline that flies into Barter Island.
Important things to consider regarding flights to and from Barter Island:
- Delays and cancellations do happen and the commercial airline will either try to work with the weather or reschedule to get people in or out as soon as they can.
- 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. Some people schedule the polar bears towards the end of their trip to Alaska, then cannot work with any delays or reschedules.
We strongly recommend obtaining travel insurance to cover delays or cancellations that can also affect hotel and boat tour reservations. The airline may cancel flights and rescheduling may not be an option. Travel insurance can cover any expenses affected by delays or cancellations, especially the boat tour expense. We are not responsible for the weather. Some credit card companies offer the insurance as an added service. Two companies we suggest are:
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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.
- 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 boots, a winter hat and gloves, and if it's early in the season (August through mid-September) rain gear would be good. We also highly recommend bringing the 6-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.
- "The Last Polar Bear" 2008, The Mountaineers Books
- "Ice Bear: The Arctic World of the Polar Bear" 2010, The Mountaineers Books
- Left Eye Productions, Inc. - Stock Image Licensing Services Available
Polar Bear Facts & Conservation:
- Alaska Wilderness League - Leader in the effort to preserve Alaska's wild lands and waters.
- 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.
- National Resources Defense Council - the nation's most effective environmental action group. Working to curb global warming and protect polar bears.
We are now booking polar bear tours for the 2018 season. Please contact us for more information.
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