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Kotzebue in March 2015

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Kotzebue in March 2015

Hi all, have fallen in love with Alaska and want to see more. My friend and I are Aboriginal Australians, both women and want to see Kotzebue. Are there any tours in March?

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1. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

March is still very much winter. And I'm not aware of any tours in Kotzebue at any time of year.

The hotel in Kotzebue is the Nullagvik: http://www.nullagvikhotel.com/

Here's a little more info" www.nps.gov/kova/planyourvisit/hours.htm

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2. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

March is still winter in Alaska . . . you could fly into Kotzebue (depending on weather), but I highly doubt any tours are available that time of year. I haven't been myself, but here are a few sites that may help.

https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/kotzebue-ak

http://www.cityofkotzebue.com/

While not in Kotzebue, you might want to come during the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics sometime: http://www.weio.org/

Edited: 01 July 2014, 22:02
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3. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

I have been to Kotz in March and it is a nice time to visit if you plan to visit in the winter months. It will still be frozen and white as opposed to muddy and brown. The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center will be open as well as the NPS Headquarters. Native crafts and art can be purchased at the City Hall (cash only last time I visited). Maybe you could find a local to take you for a snowmachine tour. The hotel mentioned above is directly on the Arctic Ocean and there is a very good Korean restaurant located in the hotel. or at least there was a few years ago.

exploretours.com/destinations/nome-kotzebue/

Edited: 02 July 2014, 05:22
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4. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

The Nullagvik hotel was replaced by a newer and much nicer hotel a few years ago (it is right next to the old Nullagvik - not sure if that's finally been torn down). It does have a restaurant but it's not a Korean one - plenty of those in town though! The hotel and all of town are actually located directly on Kotzebue Sound. According to the hotel's website they offer tours of town, presumably year round. You could email them to find out if they do them in March. The site is: http://www.nullagvikhotel.com/activities/

March is a good time in the arctic as days are getting longer but it's still wintery with snow and the ground and ice covering Kotz Sound and all of the waterways. I used to travel there a lot for work but it's probably been two years now since I've been. There is/was a native arts and crafts store on Third Avenue not far from the National Park building. In addition to the Nullagvik there are a few bed and breakfasts. I've never stayed in any of those - nor the hotel - but at least one gets very good reviews,

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5. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

Calling Gardyloo, probably TA's most ardent Kotz fan :-).

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6. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

Not much to add, except if the OP is thinking of Kotzebue in March, the trip could be combined with Fur Rondy in Anchorage - a terrific combo of late winter activities.

http://www.furrondy.net/

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7. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

Thanks all for your replies, it appears that we will now have to rethink our itinery. As it will be my friends first time to Alaska, I had wanted to show her a bit of Alaskan culture. I have looked at tour now an

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8. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

Sorry all, a little bit challenged in the IT department and inadvertently cut off my reply. I am now looking at the Iditarod tours and am considering the 8 day tour. Any comments?

Lynn

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9. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

Not sure if you need a "tour" for the Iditarod, though I have seen several. Most are insanely expensive.

You can have a very good time combining the Iditarod banquet on Thursday, the ceremonial start on Saturday, the restart on Sunday and flying to Rainy Pass on Monday. You could even include a flight to McGrath on Tuesday or Wednesday, most likely as an overnight if you can find lodging in McGrath. Doing all that will be an 8 day trip from Wednesday to Wednesday. I am sure you could put that together yourself for a fraction of the cost of a "tour" and still be way more flexible than a tour would be.

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10. Re: Kotzebue in March 2015

We recently were in this area in September camping in the parks. Our guide worked for arctic wild tours and he mentioned a cross country ski tour as a possibility. You might want to check them out.

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