Kotzebue is located 549 air miles northwest of Anchorage and 26 miles above the Arctic Circle. Kotzebue can be reached by daily jet service from Anchorage. Air taxi services fly to Kotzebue from Nome and Fairbanks, and local air charters offer flights to smaller villages within the surrounding Northwest Arctic Borough.
Experience the Arctic in comfort and style at the new Nullagvik Hotel in Kotzebue. Located 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the hotel features fresh design, comfortable guest rooms, modern observation and exercise rooms, a cultural tour and full-service restaurant that offers delicious food and fantastic views of the Sound.
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Northwest Arctic Heritage Center (907-442-3760) and Innaigvik Education & Information Center (907-442-3760) provide local visitor information.
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Kotzebue is a departure point for some of the finest river trips in Arctic Alaska. Popular floats include the Noatak, the Kobuk, the Salmon, which flows into the Kobuk, and the Selawik. Trips along the Kobuk National Wild River often consist of landing at Walker Lake and traveling 140 miles downstream to the villages of Kobuk or Ambler where rafters can pick up flights to Kotzebue. The Noatak National Wild River is a 16-day, 350-mile float from Lake Matcharak to the village of Noatak, where flights to Kotzebue are also available.
Northwest Arctic Heritage Center +
The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center opened in 2010 as Kotzebue's newest attraction. Built by the National Park Service, the center focuses on aboriginal life in the region of Kobuk Valley National Park and the natural and cultural history of the Northwest Arctic. Exhibits include items obtained from residents of the area and include a woman’s parka, red fox fur hat, replicated artifacts, umiak frame, and fish net.
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