Welcome to Waldo Arms Hotel
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.