Deadhorse is the most northern spot in Alaska. To get there from the northern city of Fairbanks, Alaska we had to drive only about 490 miles. To do this safely we had to take our time. We drove about 30 - 40 miles per hour and at times even slower than that. It's mostly a gravel road but as you drive further north it will start getting mixed with ice. And then it's only ice. About 50 miles north of Coldfoot we entered into Tundra.
It took us two days to drive with a stop at Coldfoot for the first night. You can also fly into Deadhorse from Fairbanks it's about 1 hour and 35 minutes flight and costs about $600 but this site is about road trip.
Deadhorse is a so called Unincorporated Area which means that it's governed by the North Slope Borough. It's located near the Arctic Ocean on the Alaska North Slope.
It's a very challenging drive. The most interesting part of it begins when you cross the Atigun Pass. The elevation of the Pass is about 4,000 feet. The road is mostly icy. On the way back from Deadhorse we had to engage a DAC a dynamic accent system that took us down at about 3 miles per hour. The tires were slipping when I used brakes while descending in a first gear. It was eerie to say the least.
After we crossed the mountains we entered into the domain of Tundra. At times it can be very grey and depressing and there is not a single soul around. There are no trees and almost no animals. There is the road and the snow all around you as far as the eye can see. It reminded me of a white desert.
The road on which we drove is called Dalton Highway aka Alaska Route 11 and it's universally acknowledged as the third most dangerous road in the world.
About 15 miles before our final destination one of the rivers started to melt and its waters were gushing onto the road upon which we drove. It was only about 20 feet wide but it's the sight of the running water mixed with ice that made it very scary for us. I waited for one of the truckers to approach and asked him to go forward so that I could see how deep it was. He asked me if the vehicle is 4x4 and once I replied that it was he instructed me to "step on it" until I was on the other site.
Deadhorse looked like an expeditionary camp in one of the Antarctica documentaries. It's full of single story structures that feature a refrigerator door as an entrance. It was pretty cold about -25° F and -40° F at night . We stayed in a Deadhorse Camp. It was a barak with restrooms and showers across the hall and no locks on the door. The food in the camp was very good. We paid about $300 for the night. The camp manager was very nice and he printed us a road report for the next day which included 12 hazards on the road for our return.