Only way In
There are no roads in Point Hope, and boat access is long-distance and spotty at best. So you have to fly. There are two start points, Barrow and Kotzebue.
Taking off from Kotzebue, the landscape is striking. The flat tundra stretches as far as the eye cares to wander, a dun brown scarred with yellow-green rivulets of vegetation indicating some water source. The land is so barren that, without the pools and vegetative snakes, you'd think you were flying over a desert. The only topographic variation are these ancient hills. Bleached white from age and snow, they are no longer mountains, but the pitiful remains of former peaks. They carry long gashes, evidence of the epic battle they have waved with glacers as the ice ages have waxed and waned over the millennia. Not a dwelling or animal in sight. Fascinating to behold, but lonely and bleak at the same time.
The main carrier is Bering Air. It is about $290 round trip from Kotzebue to Point Hope. About an hour flight.
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The only way to get to Point...
The only way to get to Point Hope is to travel by plane. Usually you fly to Kotzebue and then take a smaller plane. Or you can take a small plane from Barrow. It is just faster to get there from Kotzebue and a little cheaper.
The airstrip is about a mile away from the village. When you get there an agent meets the plane.
Snow machines and four wheelers are the most common type of transportation for all locals. There are more and more pickups and cars there.