On the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Population: 239

Kaktovik is 280 miles southeast of Utqiaġvik and 90 miles west of the Canadian border. The village is on the coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The winter temperatures range from 9 below to 20 below zero, and the summers range from 20 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

The residents of Kaktovik and their ancestors are the indigenous inhabitants of the region. They rely on the bounty of the land and find sustenance within ANWR. The bowhead whale, caribou, Dall sheep, musk oxen and the fish of the region are a vital food source to the Qaaktuġvigmiut.