A new hotel is open in Barrow for visitors who may want to stay awhile in the city at the edge of the Arctic Ocean.

Tukkumavik Suites offers 15 units with fully equipped kitchens, living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms and is centrally located in the city of 4,373 residents, one of the largest Inupiat Eskimo communities in Alaska.

Tukkumavik Suites in Barrow offers 15 units with fully equipped kitchens, living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Tukkumavik Suites in Barrow offers 15 units with fully equipped kitchens, living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.


Visitors can stop in at the Inupiat Heritage Center to learn more about the culture and traditions of the region, and perhaps purchase Native arts and crafts including scrimshawed baleen, carved ivory, masks, parkas and other items. The hunt for bowhead whales occurs in spring and early summer. If the whalers are successful, Barrow holds a festival called Nalakataq in late June.

Summer visitors also can go on tours that include viewing polar bears. For those guests visiting between May 10 and August 2, there will be 24 hours of daylight, so lots to see.

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