Welcome to Waldo Arms Hotel
Welcome to your home-away-from-home at the top of the world! Our goal is to make your stay in the Arctic as comfortable as possible.
Historic & Wild
A historic bunkhouse from the pipeline days, Waldo Arms Hotel is located on the wild and beautiful Barter Island, in the village of Kaktovik, Alaska. Our main attraction is viewing polar bears as they move through the area in the autumn season, and have resources for everything from flights to booking tours.
About Polar Bears
Frequently called “Lords of the Arctic”, These animals are huge. Male polar bears can grow to more than 1,320 pounds and stand at ten feet tall, but despite their massive size, these bears can move with surprising speed.
Polar bears have a highly acute sense of smell. These skilled hunters can pick up a scent from over twenty miles away and can detect the presence of seals under three feet of snow and ice.
Waldo Arms offers land-based tours to view polar bears from their two buses and can help connect visitors to other local tour businesses for a variety of experiences.
Waldo Arms offers 16 individual beds with shared bathrooms and home-cooked meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and drinks, available at the restaurant in the hotel’s comfortable dining room.
Waldo Arms offers transport vehicles for polar bear viewing tours and transportation to and from the airport, including in your stay, and also has tour buses available for rent.