August 2012: My family of four did the 3 day 2 night northbound tour. Of all the things we did while in AK, this was by FAR our favorite and most memorable. There are some of the negatives: First, loooong days in a van. We were so late arriving in Deadhorse, the restaurant had packed up the buffet and set aside only a few foam containers for us to choose our food from. Second, the accommodations are exactly what the brochure tells you. They are clean…but they are at best primitive. Coldfoot we had a small bathroom in our room and a restaurant with either a limited menu or a buffet. Deadhorse we had a room with a bathroom down the hall and a restaurant that was just a buffet. And, the food in both places was a bit underwhelming and a bit over priced (even by AK standards). Those negatives aside, the tour was more than worth it. The tour guide (Barb) was absolutely excellent. She went out of her way again and again to make my children feel involved. The long days in the van were made enjoyable by frequent stops: chances for all of us to see and experience new things. We skipped stones in the Yukon River, climbed on rocks, bounced on tundra, picked and ate blueberries and learned a million things about the tundra and the land above the Arctic Circle. I would recommend this tour to any adventurous person who is willing to put up with a little discomfort to have a once in a lifetime experience. I would recommend packing in a little bit of food for the long days on the bus. Tour provided some light snacks, and made box lunches available, but it was nice to have a few things of our own … especially as we were traveling with kids.
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