Early June 2016
with Jackie and Elston Hill
Barrow is the 11th most northern public community in the world and is the northernmost city in the United States. Nearby Point
Barrow is the nation's most northern point. Barrow is 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 1,300 miles south of the North Pole.
Only 5.3% of the Earth's surface lies as far from the Equator as Barrow. Barrow has the lowest average temperature of cities in
Alaska.and the rest of the US. Temperatures remain below freezing from early October through late May.The high temperature is
above freezing on an average of only 120 days per year. Barrow has a desert climate, and averages less than 5 inches (127 mm)
"rainfall equivalent" per year.
The population of Barrow is approximately 4,300. The racial makeup of the city is 57% Native American, 22% White, 9.% Asian,
and 1.00% Black.
We were in Barrow for eight nights, from May 31, 2016 to June 8.
There are only a few miles of roads in Barrow, just enough to get out into the Tundra--an amazing place to see birds.
Please click the links below to see pictures we took on the Tundra and in Barrow. Or, click the first link and then the link at the
bottom of each page. Below the links is more information about doing the trip we did to Barrow.
For those who live on the West Coast, Barrow is easy to reach via Anchorage with Alaska Airlines. There are two flights a day
from Anchorage and one flight a day from Fairbanks. Some of these flights are half cargo and half passenger with passenger
seats beginning at row 16 at the emergency row. All flights to Barrow stop at Prudhoe Bay either before or after the stop in Barrow.
There are three excellent hotels in Barrow. We stayed at the King Eider which is known for being the best of the three hotels and
is conveniently located across from the Alaska terminal. We highly recommend this hotel. The rooms are outstanding. It is quiet,
and it has vehicle rentals available.
There are only a handful of restaurants in Barrow. And because all food must be brought in by airplane, eating out is expensive.
We ate breakfast at Sam and Lee's restaurant which was fairly reasonable. The breakfast was very good. The eggs were fresh
and the bacon and pancakes were wonderful. For dinner we brought our own freeze dried food. Besides the restaurants, another
option is to go to the one grocery store in Barrow. It is a very nice store and includes a delicatessen with a good selection of foods.