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Traveling to ANWR

While the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been a hot topic in recent years, few people have actually visited ANWR to see the terrain for themselves. Travelling to ANWR is not easy, but like all travels to remote locations, a little planning goes a long ways.

The first part of the trip involves flying to either Fairbanks, Barrow, or Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay).

View a map of this area.

Here are some sample fares (as of July 16th, 2004)

  • Los Angeles to Barrow, AK - $616
  • New York to Fairbanks, AK - $640

    Once you are in Fairbanks or Barrow, there are several charter services that can take you on a sightseeing tour of ANWR.

    Here is a list of Air charters.

    My trip to ANWR started in Anchorage, AK on an Alaska Airlines flight to Barrow, where we rented a small 8-seat charter plane to make the two-hour trip into ANWR where we visited the only town within the refuge boundaries, Kaktovik, AK.

    Kaktovik has a hotel amazingly enough, since less than 400 people live there. Everyone is very hospitable and is anxious to share their thoughts about ANWR and living in the Arctic.

    The terrain itself is mainly tundra which has a marsh-like feel to it. Visiting in the summer requires lots of bug spray and durable water proof footwear if any exploring will be done.

    My visit was to the Coastal Plain of ANWR, where drilling would occur if it was approved by Congress and the President. Much of ANWR is moutainous and is permanently off limits to any development.

    View more maps at anwr.org.

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