Peace of Selby Wilderness Lodge in Alaskas Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve summer activities including fishing, hiking, expeditionas and birdwatching, canoeing wilderness survival skills and much more.

Don't miss these featured activities ...

Ultimate Bush Flying Expedition
in the vast wilderness of the Alaskan Bush is a personal flightseeing expedition with Art, exploring the myriad lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges in Alaska's Interior and Arctic.

Summer Activities

Summer activities which we custom design with you, may be taken unguided or can be done at your leisure as guests of the Lodge. The following are a few suggested possibilities for your Alaska adventure vacation:


HikersHiking through undisturbed pristine wilderness, you may encounter a vast variety of wildlife and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Be sure to bring backpacking equipment if you're planning a hike.

A few hours' hike, a day hike, or a hike for several days can be planned. The midnight sun allows long hours for hikers. Late June and early July provide an abundance of arctic wildflowers.


This is a fisherman's paradise. Small streams have an abundance of grayling. The lakes have grayling, northern pike, and lake trout. In the Kobuk River you can catch arctic char and sheefish in August. We practice "catch and release" except for an occasional meal.    

The Upper Kobuk River area is especially known for its exceptional sheefishing. Sheefish have been known to weigh up to 60 pounds.


Canoeing is Fun!Absorb the stillness of the wilderness while paddling a canoe and exploring the interesting shoreline and adjacent creeks of these pristine lakes. See beaver houses, loons and swans, fishing streams, waterfalls, rocky outcroppings, and arctic vegetation.


Birdwatching is of special interest to many of our guests . There are a multitude of birds in the surrounding area. Take a look at the partial bird list to get an idea of the variety you might see. Loons are a special feature here.

Wildlife Viewing

The signature experience of any Alaska adventure vacation includes the sighting of moose, black bear, grizzly bear, beaver, land otter, wolf, fox, porcupine and other mammals. All these animals make their home here. The Western Arctic Caribou herd has over 500,000 animals. Portions of this herd migrate annually through the Brooks Range. In September you may catch a glimpse of caribou swimming Selby Lake.


Rugged mountains, broad vistas, the midnight sun, diverse wildlife, and unique arctic lighting offer exceptional photographic opportunities. "Great people, great fishing, great food, and great pictures!!! " Chris Carlson, Professional Photographer.


Camping builds characterBecome a part of the Alaskan Wilderness by camping in the great out-of-doors. We practice no trace camping, which leaves the environment in perfect order. You could incorporate one night of camping in your stay at the lodge.


Your Alaska adventure vacation should include the chance to relax. You could enjoy the midnight sun from our woodfired hot tub. No TV, phone, or fax - just a business radio for outside contact. Pick flowers on the hillsides, canoe along the shores and up the creeks, feast on the wilderness scenery, or sit on the front porch swing and watch the loons. Relax.


If you especially love the National Parks, here is an opportunity to experience Gates ofthe Arctic National Park and Preserve as well as Kobuk Valley National Park, two of the most remote and remarkable parks in the United States.

Come by floatplane from Bettles, Alaska and enjoy a few days at the Peace of Selby Wilderness Lodge. Located in Gates of the Arctic NP, we offer a small, full service lodge overlooking Selby Lake and remote self-service cabins. When the float plane comes for your return to Bettles, make a stop in Kobuk Valley National Park for the day.

Trips can be customized to accommodate your needs. Contact us for more information.

Bush Skills

Learn from over 90 years of combined experience in bush wilderness skills. Some of the hosts' hobbies include quilting, birch bark basket making, subsistence living, and log cabin building.

Lodge Artifacts

Lodge ArtifactsAbsorb the flavor of the local Inupiat culture through an interesting collection of artifacts. Hear about the history and use of each item as you examine it. Stories and photographs will enhance your understanding of a past era in the Arctic.

River Floats

Float and FishFloat from Walker Lake down the Kobuk River to the mouth of the Pah River Outstanding fishing.Fish and explore Minakokosa Lake. Float Beaver Creek to the Kobuk River. Enjoy fishing for grayling, sheefish (August), and arctic char enroute to our Kobuk River cabin.These trips are approximately 5 to 7 days in length.

Bush Flying Expeditions 

The ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE in the vast wilderness of the Alaskan Bush is a personal flightseeing expedition with Art, exploring the myriad lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges in Alaska's Interior and Arctic.

Cessna 180 Float PlaneArt will pick you up at the Fairbanks International Airport. After shopping for food and any gear you might need, the two of you will take off for a full week in our personal Cessna 180 float plane - flying, fishing, camping, hiking, and photographing.

Art MortvedtAs an Alaska Registered Guide with 35 years of living in the bush, and over 5000 hours of flight time, Art is exceptionally qualified to show you behind the scenes nooks and crannies of the "real Alaska". Camping beside the floatplane at a remote lake... barbecue a freshly caught fish over the campfire, watch moose in the shallows, listen to wolves howl, or enjoy the dance of the northern lights. Visit a native village. Help check a fish wheel at a Yukon River fish camp. Glass the arctic mountainsides for caribou and grizzly bear. Take time to smell the wildflowers and return home relaxed, renewed, having experienced THE BEST that Alaska has to offer.

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