04 September 2013 | Tuktoyaktuk, NWT
Arrived in Tuk late last night. Refuelling, food shopping, immigration, internet - the usual procedure on the menu for today.
Tuk is famous for its pingos; for the 190 km ice road to Inuvik (only open from Dec-Apr, on frozen marshland); and for being part of the DEW line (visible in the upper left of the picture). The radar domes were installed in the 1950s as part of the Distant Early Warning Line, to monitor air and sea traffic, and detect possible Soviet intrusions during the Cold War. Apart from that, Tuk is a very friendly town, surrounded by water and tundra.
The sea ice around Point Barrow has retreated somewhat, and the wind forecast is rather positive, so we will sail out again this afternoon with destination Nome (1100 nm), and potential stop overs in Herschel and Barrow.