Vacay in the Tundra!

Shana, Sawyer, & Leigha

Whats the weather?

Summer is brief 6-10 weeks of mild weather with nearly 24 hours of sun per day; winter has an average temperature of -30ºF and is extremely cold, with very little sun and constant winds; Average temp. for warmest month is below 50; it is very dry and only receives about 6-10” of precipitation per year, which is extremely dry. Winds constantly blow and can get to be anywhere between 30-60 miles per hour.

What to wear?

Combine warm wool or cotton caps, which fit tightly against your skull, with a hood attached to your parka and protective ski goggles. The goggles will protect your eyes and part of your face while the cap will help to keep your body heat in and can be pulled down low to help protect your ears from the wind. A lined hood or a hood with down filling will help to keep your head warm and protected from the wind. When in the tundra it is important to wear waterproof clothing to protect your body from the ice and snow. Layer waterproof clothing with lined or insulated clothing, such as ski pants or a down parka, to keep your body protected from the elements. Waterproof boots are a must in the cold temperatures of the tundra. It is also helpful if they are lined.


You can get hypothermia easily if you are stranded in the tundra due to low temperatures and the wind blowing. Very little vegetation and little clean water if you are stranded.

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Concerned about travel?

You do not want to travel to the tundra in the dead of winter because there is little to no sun and it is extremely cold. You also do not want to travel to the tundra in the middle of the summer because the warmer weather causes a layer of permafrost, ice that never goes away in the ground, to melt, creating bogs and shallow lakes that don't drain. They breed stinging insects, which make life even in the summer miserable for the inhabitants of the tundra. The wind blows constantly, whipping around the small plants.