We wanted to see polar bears thats how we ended up in Kaktovik. We didnt go with any tour operators we drove to Deadhorse and took a plane with ERA to Barter Island. We pre-booked two nights at Waldos Arm with I think 8 hors of bear watching. Expensive as hell but what can you expect from a nice place in the Arctic Ocean?
How nature works our plans changed drasticly: the airstrip got flooded in Kaktovik so we got trapped in Deadhorse for three nights. We didnt even know if we can make it at all since we needsd to return our rental car to Fairbanks. We talked to Waldo and his wife Marylin(?) and they told us we can go even for an hour they will show us bears and we shouldnt worry about the price...
We ended up having a super crazy day. We finally got to a plane the last day available and had one hour or so on the island. We went to Waldos first and the little place is amazing. A container as everything else from the iutside but a warm cozy amazing place from the inside. Fresh burgers, library and so much much more.
They took us out first in a car ten in a van to see the bears and it was crazy! Polar bears everywhere. We saw at least ten different bears and got pretty close to some of them.
We almost missed or little plane but we managed to stop it from taking iff right in the middle of the strip. With a 30 years old van... Just like they do it in the movies:-)
it was one of our best experience and all we paid was 45 minutes of bear watching. They helped us with everything from the planning stage to the actual solution.
Great place with amazing people and loads of polar bears!
Thank you so much!
- Also Known As:
- Waldo Arms Hotel Kaktovik, Alaska