I'll be in Alaska for a cruise in mid-June, and thought it might be fun to spend the solstice above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue. I know it's a smaller town, but it sounded more interesting than Barrow. But, I'm having trouble finding activities that aren't geared toward pre-booked groups. The hotel (Nullagvik) offers tours of the town and Heritage Center, but only for groups of 10 or more. My group will be me. (I can join a tour on the day if there happens to be one, but for planning purposes, I'd rather have something in place.)
LaVonne's Fish Camp sounds like the perfect activity for the day, but it won't yet be open for the season (I checked).
A flightseeing tour is available, but is very expensive unless they happen to have other passengers the same day.
My preference is to spend 2 nights so as to actually experience something of the area (nature/tundra walk, Native culture and foodways, Heritage Center, town tour), but I can't seem to find any organized activities. I've called a couple of tour companies, but they only arrange tours for groups, and one even said, "I'm not sure anyone has tours for individuals!"
So, does anyone have any ideas for a guided tour, including a tundra walk, that could be booked for a single individual?
If I visit the Heritage Center on my own, will there be demonstrations, events, activities, or are those scheduled around group visits?
If I rented a car and drove around the area, am I safe enough? Is there Verizon cell service in case I get into trouble? Is there a nearby outdoors destination that would be interesting? (I'm NOT an experienced hiker/outdoors person, so need something very tenderfoot-friendly.)
Thanks for any help! I really want to spend 2 nights, but need to find more to do than I'm coming up with at the moment....