Dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean

Talk about something for the bucket list, walking the beaches of the Arctic Ocean and even dipping a toe in the chilly waters is a unique experience that not many people have had the chance to encounter. In Utqiagvik, visitors will already find themselves very near to the Arctic beach. It’s easy for travelers to make their way to the beach for a stroll or to watch the sun move across the sky. Depending on the time of year, the romance of a beach sunrise or sunset may not be possible since the sun never goes below the horizon in the summer, but a sun that never goes down offers its own impressive views. After strolling the beach and admiring the views, work up the courage to dip hands or feet into the ocean waters that, even in the summer, can linger around 30-36 degrees Fahrenheit. Those who complete the challenge can earn a Polar Bear Plunge Certificate. In addition to the certificate you’ll earn lifelong bragging rights.

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Depending on the time of year you visit, the sun may never go below the horizon.


The Birnirk Archaeological Site is evidence of human habitation in the area going back to 800 A.D.


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