Originally Posted by Poppenga
Wow. That was good! (The long write-up about driving the route to Prudhoe Bay. Great insight. And thanks for pointing out that ya can't even get to the "shore"/ocean/sea. That's pretty lame---one of the reasons I've thought about going is to be able to go all the way to the "shore". I enjoyed your write up about your experience so much, I'd suggest you submit it somewhere.Thanks again for all the info!!!
You're welcome (:
In 1996, they had a tour company up there that would give you a bus tour of parts of the oil field, and it would drive to the ocean and you could get out for just a couple of minutes and dip your foot in the ocean or whatever - but it is hardly the same as being able to drive up to it yourself. These days, you can take a different tour: Arctic Ocean Adventure w/ Northern Alaska Tour Company
It's expensive - and not the same as the DIY option. Overall, lame to me - but I'm not much on group-based adventures. If you want to drive up yourself and get an oilfield tour with the possibility of being able to get to the ocean (on a small tour bus), you might try:
Prudhoe Bay Hotel Tours, at (907) 659-2449
Tour Arctic, at (907) 659-2368.
I enjoyed your write up about your experience so much, I'd suggest you submit it somewhere.
That was the summer version of a trip. The winter version is more interesting - involving several instances of almost freezing to death, being reported missing, getting stuck in the snow and being pulled out by a semi, and other assorted things. It's a better read, to be sure (: