Alaska polar bear watching tour

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Alaska polar bear watching tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

We hire all locals to reduce travel footprint and provide authenticity. We also have vegetarian meals available at our different dining locations. We encourage guests to reduce their energy and water use during the tour, and provide refillable water bottles to reduce plastic use.

Environment

In Alaska water is conserved as much as possible. Many locals have to cart their own water and heat it themselves For this reason, we provide BPA free refillable water bottles for guests to use. We always have filtered water available for refills. We also encourage guests to conserve water in their bathrooms and to reuse towels as much as possible to cut back on washing machine loads.

We work with suppliers who are local families, avid outdoorsmen and cultural guardians. Our tour guides include an environmental engineer, a local photographer and a local artist all of whom are aware of the environmental issues and need to explore responsibly.

We stay in family owned lodges that conserve energy, recycle and reduce waste. We also only work with dogsledding outfits that treat their dogs like family and do their best to maintain a small carbon footprint.

We do a home visit with a respected elder of the native community who teaches us about the history and traditional culture of the local tribes. With this activity we directly support a historically underserved community.

Community

We visit small locally owned restaurants that use farm to table practices whenever possible. We partner with independent local guides and family owned lodges that conserve water and electricity, encourage sustainable practices and respect and teach about the local environment and wildlife. There are lots of chances for meaningful cultural exchange through extended small group sessions with local environmentalists, families and culture bearers.

There are limited tourism jobs that pay fairly in Alaska, so we provide our local partners with competitive pay and scheduled hours that are reliable and livable. We support families, small businesses, community centers, independent guides and local artists. We provide opportunities to buy handmade local crafts like wooden bowls and musk ox yarn, sometimes direct from the craftsperson.

We support the local native community through our visits to local museums and cultural centers. We offer many chances for tourists to get to know locals in a personal and educational way.

We do take a few internal flights on this trip but they allow us to access remote villages such as Utqiagvik and tribes such as the Inupiat on Alaska's northern coast who benefit economically from our visit, and don't receive constant footfall from tourism otherwise.

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