North Slope Climate


The North Slope is a land of superlatives. On an annual basis, its coastal area has one of the the coldest climates in Alaska; the region contains the nation’s largest oil field; and Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States, has one of the largest Eskimo populations in the world.

Visitors to the North Slope Borough will witness spectacular contrasts. In summer, the sun stays above the horizon for 84 days, and in the winter it disappears for 67 days.

Temperatures range between a comfortable 60 F and a chilling minus 40. In every village, the ancient traditions of the Iñupiat coexist with state-of-the-art technology.

Annual temperature graph can be found on: Weather Spark

Utqiagvik Average Temperature