Above the Yukon River, beyond the vast Brooks Range, the summer tundra unrolls a carpet of delicate wildflowers to meet the Arctic coast. This is the home of the Inupiat Eskimos, the land of Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Traditional Eskimo lifestyle, modern oil field technology and immense herds of wild caribou coexist in an environment that is spectacular wilderness. Migratory birds and marine mammals abound and some of America’s finest wilderness parklands are found in this area.
Alaska’s two largest Eskimo communities, Kotzebue and Barrow, and gold rush historic Nome, are the major towns in this region. The only road access into the Far North is the Dalton Highway, a gravel service road that links the North Slope oil facilities to the state’s public highway systems. Access to the rest of the area is via commercial or charter air service.
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