Point Hope, Arctic Alaska

Point Hope is a city in North Slope Borough, Alaska, United States. It is located near the tip of the Point Hope peninsula, a large gravel spit that forms the western-most extension of the northwest Alaska coast, 330 miles southwest of Barrow.

Point Hope (Tikeraq) peninsula is one of the oldest continuously occupied Inupiat Eskimo areas in Alaska. Several Settlements have existed on the peninsula over the past 2,500 years, including Old and New Tigara, Ipiutak, Jabbertown, and present Point Hope.

The Peninsula offers good access to marine mammals, and ice conditions allows easy boat launchings into open leads early in the spring whaling season.

Throughout the community, drying racks laden with polar bear and caribou skins may be seen, presenting evidence of the village’s subsistence economy. Local crafts, including baleen baskets and whalebone masks, may be on display.

Things to See & Do

* Fishing
* Whale watching
* Wildlife viewing
* Sea Kayaking

General information

Cruise Season – May - September
Currency - US Dollar (USD)
Language - English
Land Area – 16.4 sq km’s
Population – 670 approx
Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus nine hours
International Country Telephone Code – +1

Transport Links – Point Hope can be reached by air from Fairbanks or Anchorage via Kotzebue. A state-owned 4,000-foot paved airstrip provides year-round access.

Pickup trucks, four-wheelers, snow machines and skiffs are used for local transportation.

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