Deadhorse - Prudhoe Bay
The northern end of the Dalton Highway is Deadhorse.
You cannot drive your own vehicle beyond there.
To get to Prudhoe Bay you have to take the "Arctic Ocean Shuttle Bus". It is important not to let this minor disappointment spoil the beauty that is Deadhorse - Prudhoe Bay!
The first building you come to in Deadhorse and one of the more attractive ones is Deadhorse Camp. This establishment advertises its rooms as "camp-style, consistent with the industrial heritage of the region". I could not agree more.
The shuttle bus leaves from the white building behind Deadhorse Camp.
Before the scenic delights of Prudhoe Bay (only seen from the shuttle bus) it is well worth visiting downtown Deadhorse.
The historic Prudhoe Bay Hotel is a good starting (and finishing) point. This fine establishment serves free food (if you can look like an oil worker - else you pay) and free WiFi (for everyone). Note the bicycles, just arrived by air ready to start their journey south, after their eager riders have refueled inside.
The hotel is set in a bijou industrial park that will appeal to connoisseurs of very expensive rusting vehicles.
Another Deadhorse highlight is the Prudhoe Bay General Store, housed (like everything else) in an anonymous metal shed (on the first floor).
When you finally track it down, not only is there the iconic "End of the Dalton Highway" sign they also have a tasteful selection of Arctic Ocean memorabilia.
On the ground floor is
probably definitely the best tool shop for 500 miles and a post office.
The "Arctic Ocean Shuttle Bus" leaves twice a day to take tourists the 12km from the end of the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Ocean. You must to book 24 hours in advance (probably from Coldfoot) and have photo ID.
The bus takes a tour of the scenic highlights of Prudhoe Bay before heading for the Arctic Ocean.
And at last the Arctic Ocean. No paddling as it was still frozen!