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Beyond the Arctic Circle

by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years, 9 months ago

I reached Kotzebue by plane, from Nome, because overland was not possible, since there are no roads. You can only reach Nome from Anchorage during the yearly race, called Iditarod. But from Nome to Kotzebue there is no road connection at all. Kotzebue is located within the Arctic Circle, a much exotic place for a traveller. The name originates from Otto von Kotzebue, German Estonian navigator working under Russia, who searched the place at the beginning of the XIX century looking for the North East Passage. The airport is just in the outskirts of the town of Kotzebue, which is very small and you can visit it in a couple of hours or so, and that is what I did. I did not spend the night there since there was nothing much to see. Much more interesting was Nome, where I had just spent four days, living with an Inuit family. From Kotzebue I flew to Anchorage to catch the fantastic train Denali Star to Fairbanks.


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