For most of human history, the Arctic Ocean was shrouded in mystery. When cartographers made world maps, they weren’t even sure whether to draw it as land or as sea, as some who managed to make an early trek experienced it as loose, slushy ice.
Now visitors have a chance to see the shallowest, smallest, and coldest of the world’s oceans firsthand. Our three or four day Arctic Ocean/Prudhoe Bay tours take you from Fairbanks, Alaska to the shores of the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay.
For those who don’t already know, Prudhoe Bay is the largest oil field in North America. Discovered in 1968, it currently produces about a million barrels of oil per day, down from it’s 1989 peak of 2 million barrels.
All of this oil is carried by the Trans-Alaska pipeline, which was built in response to the 1973 oil crisis. Stretching from Prudhoe Bay, through Fairbanks and all the way down to Valdez, the pipeline created a string of boomtowns in Alaska, creating a massive amount of jobs to deliver energy to the rest of the country.
Naturally, our special tour travels right along the pipeline, with plenty of chances for breathtaking views and exhilarating experiences across the Alaska landscape. You’ll get a chance to experience the natural wildlife and rich culture of Alaska the same way Alaskans have, with a sense of purpose and discovery. Hikes, comforting meals, and quaint towns and villages are all part of the trip to Prudhoe Bay.
The history of Alaska includes both the natural wonders of the Northern Lights and grazing caribou to the manmade marvels that harness the energy of the earth. Experience the full range of Alaskan culture and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the mysterious and remote Arctic Ocean by signing up for a tour today.