WORK ARCTIC FAQs

How do I get to and from Alaska and the Camps?

Camp coworkers are responsible for the cost associated with travel to/from Fairbanks, Alaska —- fortunately, airline tickets to/from Alaska are surprisingly cost-effective these days.

Once in Fairbanks, the Camp takes responsiblity for providing initial ground or air transportation to the Camp at the start of your work season — and, return transportation to Fairbanks at the end of your work season —- please be prepared to spend 1 to 3 nights in Fairbanks prior to heading north to the Camp — hostels in Fairbanks are around $30/night and hotels can range from $90-$200/night — we can provide information on local hostels and hotels upon request.

What should I pack?

  1. Yukon River Camp packing list

  2. Coldfoot Camp packing list (summer)

  3. Coldfoot Camp packing list (winter)

  4. Deadhorse Camp packing list

How do I cash my paychecks?

Physical checks are issued every two weeks and sent from the Fairbanks office to each of the camps where they are distributed to coworkers.

You may, however, enroll in Direct Deposit if you choose. Inquire with your Camp Support once you arrive in camp to do so.

How can my family and friends send me mail at the camps?

Send Yukon River Camp mail to: Coworker's name, C/O Yukon River Camp, PO Box 81512, Fairbanks, AK 99708

Send Coldfoot Camp mail to: Coworker's Name, C/O Coldfoot Camp, General Delivery, Fairbanks, AK 99701-9999

Send Deadhorse Camp mail to: Coworker's name, C/O Deadhorse Camp, PO Box 81512, Fairbanks, AK 99708

Send Arctic Base Camp mail to: Coworker's name, C/O Northern Alaska Tour Company, PO Box 82991, Fairbanks, AK 99708

 

Can I access internet in camp?

YUKON RIVER CAMP - Internet is available on coworker computers located in the cafe office.

COLDFOOT CAMP - Internet is available on one coworker computer located in the cafe office. An additional ethernet cable is available in the office for coworkers to connect a personal laptop to the internet. Satellite WiFi may be purchased, but cannot be guaranteed to work.

DEADHORSE CAMP - WIFi is available to coworkers.

Is there cell service?

YUKON RIVER CAMP - No. Calls may be completed using a calling card on a shared landline phone. Calling cards are sold in the Cafe.

COLDFOOT CAMP - Cell service is available through providers GCI and Verizon.

DEADHORSE CAMP - Yes.

What can I expect the weather to be when I am in camp?

Summer can bring a myriad of temperatures to Northern Alaska. From mid-May through mid-September, temperatures can range from 40 - 85 Fahrenheit (4 -30 Celsius). Occasional rain and light snow showers can occur early and late in the season.

Winter in Alaska's Arctic is, at times, impressively cold. Expect temperatures as low as -45 Fahrenheit or colder. The extreme cold can be fun when dealt with appropriately. Humans have been dealing with cold temperatures for thousands of years and to date some of the best advice on dealing with extreme cold comes from the Inupiat People of the North Coast who believe the best way to deal with the cold is simply  to "take care not to be cold." If you would like additional clothing suggestions for winter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Current Fairbanks Weather

Can I bring my pet(s)?

Pets may not be kept in coworker rooms. Pets are not allowed inside any buildings, tents or vehicles. Authorization for pets to be kept outdoors at any of the four camps is handled on a case-by-case basis.