December 28, 2000
You will see the pipeline, pumping stations, the tundra, the Arctic Ocean, maybe caribou, oil field equipment and pingos. Pingos are small bodies of water that are all over the tundra. As the tundra is permanently frozen only a few inches below the surface, the water never soaks in.
Tours offered in high summer only. Be prepared for the possibility of light snow and cold temperatures. Often the ice doesn't 'go out' until July 4th. That is the Arctic Ocean is still frozen until the ice goes out. Wear comfortable clothing and reasonable shoes. I have seen women on the tours wearing dresses and high heels! Many companies book tours, but they are pretty much the same. There is only so much to do. The oilfield tour runs about 2.5 hours. The shuttle to the Arctic Ocean is about a one hour round trip. If you start your tour in Fairbanks or Anchorage, you may find that airfare is included in the price. Many tour operators have parkas on the buses for the use of visitors. I prefer to wear my own.
From journal Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay