Point Hope Travel Guide

  • The Bleak Hills
    The Bleak Hills
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  • Overlooking the Tundra
    Overlooking the Tundra
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  • A whale bone among the graves
    A whale bone among the graves
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Point Hope Things to Do

  • See the Old Village

    Point Hope is a very old place, one of the oldest continually inhabited locations in North America (to paraphrase a US politician, you can almost see Russia from their main street). However, it has shifted around slightly. The older villages lie closer to the sea. They are in various states of decay, but if you want to find the oldest houses, look...

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  • View the Cemetary

    Cemetarirs hold a strange allure over people. In France, people travel all over to see the graves of famous personages. Well, Point Hope has one of the most unique graveyards I've ever seen. The fence is constructed with whale ribs and bones collected from countless generations of whaling on the Chukchi Sea. Some of the older whaling captains from...

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  • Celebrate the Harvest

    The people of Point Hope are whalers by tradition, having hunted the major marine mammals for centuries. There are several sites where you can celebrate a successful hunt, located on the outside of town and created from, appropriately enough, whale bones. The hunt usually takes place in the mid summer time, providing enough meat and other products...

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  • ATVing

    Everyone in Point Hope gets around via ATVs in the warm months, so join in the fun. There are few trails, but that's the fun of it. You can just roam around the tundra, or fly down the beach next to the waves. It is exhilarating, the brisk wind in your face, the sun shining. The cost of an ATV is rather high, about $150-175 a day. But Point Hope is...

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  • Berry Picking

    Despite it is the tundra, there are a wide variety of berries around Point Hope. Blackberries (not what we would think of as blackberries), blueberries, cranberries, and a peculiar relative of the raspberry known as a salmonberry or cloudberry. They are delicious, and in quite abundance. It makes for an interesting day, out on the tundra, looking...

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  • During the month of June, we...

    During the month of June, we have our whaling festival that last three days long. Fun time for all to get together and eat different types of food.Blanket toss, eskimo dancing, pass out different kinds of food to eat, meet new people and old friends from all over.

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Point Hope Restaurants

  • by CountryLuvin Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Well there is only one restaurant there called Whalers Inn.
    It is a little expensive there. Because of the fact that the only way to bring in food items is to have it flown in and the air freight is not cheap.

    Favorite Dish: They have a variety of items - burgers, Chinese

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Point Hope Nightlife

  • by CountryLuvin Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Night activities include: bingo, the high school gym to play basketball, church services on Wed and Sun, during the school year - there can be different activities like sewing class, aerobics or carving, some people get together and play cards or boardgames.

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Point Hope Transportation

  • 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...

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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...

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Point Hope Local Customs

  • by CountryLuvin Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Most people living here are Inupiaq eskimos. Where everyone knows everyone. There is approximately 700 people living in this village.
    Most live subsistence lifestyle, hunting animals for food to feed their families.

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