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Polar Bear Viewing Guides and Water Taxi Transporters

[This list was updated April 19, 2017.]

Below is a list of commercial companies who have participated in polar bear guide workshops committed to building professional, safe, and responsible polar bear viewing practices, and are seeking authorization to operate on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lands and waters. These businesses offer additional motor boat transportation services.

It is illegal to provide commercial services within the Refuge without permitted authorization. We cannot predict which businesses will pursue--or be granted--authorization into the future. It is the visitor's responsibility to confirm the validity of guides.

To be authorized for any of these activities, the company must meet insurance requirements of the State of Alaska, and use boat operators who have a US Coast Guard license, prior to obtaining a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special use permit for commercial operations in the Refuge. All the operators are private companies not affiliated with the U.S. government. This information is offered as a public service and does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aalapaa Tours, LLC
618 6th Street
Kaktovik, AK 99747

Alaska ATV Adventures & Arctic Air Expeditions
17023 Kantishna Drive 
Eagle River, AK 99577 

Arctic Chalet Tours
1072 Pipsuk Avenue 
Kaktovik, AK 99747

Kaktovik Arctic Adventures
2094 Barter Ave.
Kaktovik, AK 99747

Kaktovik Arctic Tours
P.O. Box 91
Kaktovik, Ak 99747

Kaktovik Tours, LLC
618 6th Street 
Kaktovik, AK 99747

Left Eye Productions, Inc.
8202 NE State Highway 104, Ste 102, PMB 148
Kingston, WA 98346

3260 Kingery Court 
Fairbanks, AK 99709 

The following operators make use of the guides above while offering specialized services:

Aaron's Photo Tours
10825 113th Ct. NE, K305
Kirkland, WA 98033

Arctic Wild LLC
P.O. Box 80562
Fairbanks, AK, 99708

Expeditions Alaska
4701 Kupreanof Street 
Anchorage, AK 99507 

Grand Frisson
11845 Circle Drive
Anchorage, AK 99507

Hugh Rose Photography
620 Yak Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Nature Image
P.O. Box 10306
Fairbanks, AK 99710

Northern Alaska Tour Company
3820 University Avenue S. 
Fairbanks, AK 99709 

Wild Alaska Travel
1401 Martin Road 
Juneau, AK 99801

Wild Compass Photographic Tours
131 Ashvale Drive 
San Dimas, CA 91773 

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017

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