The Arctic Circle
the undiscovered wilderness.
Over one fourth of Alaska lies above the Arctic Circle which is marked by latitude 66° 33′39″. This area of Alaska can be as deadly as it is beautiful with its majestic views of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) during the winter and perpetual twenty four hours of sun during the summer months.
The northern Athabascan tribes made this land home living off the major river and tributaries that was their life source. Even farther north above the towering Brooks Range on the tundra known as the North Slope which gently slopes to the shores of the Arctic Ocean where the hearty Inupiat tribes have carved out a unique life in this harsh unforgiving land of perpetual cold and polar bears.
During the spring and summer this flat tundra area becomes the breeding grounds for caribou herds and a large variety of birds that fly from all over the world to have their young here during the few weeks of above freezing temperatures and constant sunlight.
The winter is the extreme opposite from summer with only the heartiest of animals and people living here in perpetual darkness for nearly three months enduring temperatures that can reach 60 degrees below Fahrenheit or even colder.
Barrow is the northernmost settlement on the mainland North American Continent which is only a few miles away from Point Barrow which is the northernmost point of the United States. Barrow is home to nearly 4000 people who are mostly Inupiat who have made this land their home for thousands of years.