Welcome to Utqiaġvik (Barrow)
The paradoxes don't end there. Utqiaġvik’s wealth is famous: due to the spoils of North Slope petroleum it boasts excellent modern facilities, such as its Iñupiat Heritage Center and North Slope Borough offices, that are unusual in a town this size. On the flip side, it’s an Arctic slum packed with ramshackle structures wallowing in frozen mud. It's expensive, the weather is hostile and the wind howls, yet a visit here is utterly unforgettable, a chance to witness life at the true edge of the world.