Watch the Iditarod Race Finish in Nome. Our 7-day Iditarod tour program provides the best and up-to-date race action - guaranteed. Just fly to Nome and leave the rest of the logistic to us. We continuously monitor and gather information about the ongoing race to find out were the top mushers currently are. According to the information you'll fly you out to a particular checkpoint with a lot of race action and do not waste your valuable vacation time on a checkpoint with no race activities at all. During the winter of 1925 a diphtheria epidemic raged among Inuit in the Nome area. Fierce territory wide blizzard conditions prevented delivery of a life-saving serum by airplane from Anchorage. A relay of dog teams was organized to deliver the serum. The annual Iditarod commemorates this historic event.
Anchorage – Nome (Saturday)
Get ready for the Iditarod finish. Transfer to the airport. Morning flight to Nome. Check into your hotel or bed and breakfast in Nome and explore the many sights of the community. Stroll around the city and learn more about the rich history of this gold rush town and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Plenty of time to shop for exquisite jade, hand-carved ivory and skin sowings. The nights may provide some outstanding Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – viewing. Overnight Nome
Nome - Sightseeing & Area Tour (Sunday)
Today it is time to explore Nome and the surrounding area. Get to know the deep knowledge of the area's cultures and history. Seeing Nome on a guided tour is a truly authentic local experience you won't want to miss! Driving around, you'll absorb the historic flavor of this city's 100 years--along with thousands of years of Eskimo history. You'll visit the port, the cemetery, tour through town, and take a drive into the country to take a tundra walk and get a insightful take on the unique ecosystem, then, if you like, try your hand at panning for gold on the beaches of Nome. Overnight: Nome
Nome - Flight to Unalakleet Checkpoint (Monday)
Fly today to Unalakleet Checkpoint (or another checkpoint depending on the race progress). Fly along the Iditarod Trail and spot already sled dog teams from the air. Unalakleet on the shores of Norton Sound is a major logistic hub for the race – about 275 Miles from Nome. Unalakleet is the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound in the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The first musher to reach this checkpoint each year is awarded the title Gold Coast Award, which includes $2,500 in gold nuggets. You have a the afternoon to observe the race activities. By now you are familiar with the checkpoint routine: Mushers come into the checkpoint, mushers leave the checkpoint, vets check dogs, dogs eat, dog feet and muscles are massaged by caring mushers, dogs sleep, mushers sleep and a myriad of other mushing related tasks. Return to Nome in the late afternoon. Overnight: Nome
The first musher is expected to arrive today. The last stretch of the trail is exposed to the elements and ground blizzards are not uncommon. Gather near the "Burled Arches" along Front street to watch the spectacle as mushers approaches the finishing line with his dog team - greeted by a cheering crowd, TV Stations, Film Crews and newspaper reporter. Throughout the day cheer the mushers as they are crossing the finish line in Nome. You have time to participant in the many activities Nome has to offer during the Iditarod Race: the Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic, Helicopter Tour, visit the Native Craft Fair or the Idita-Mardi Gras Party. Overnight: Nome
Nome - Flight to Koyuk or White Mountain Checkpoint (Wednesday) Morning flight from Nome to Koyuk on the shores of Norton Bay or to White Mountain (depending on the race progress). Koyuk checkpoint is only 171 Miles from Nome. Mushers are usually dealing with bad weather conditions along this stretch. High winds and temperatures of 40-below are common. The way to Shaktoolik is also extremely difficult to run due to the ever-present threat of open water and moving ice. This is certainly one of the hardest stretches of the race. White Mountain Checkpoint is located just 77 miles from Nome, on the banks of the Fish River. It takes its name from that of a picturesque nearby mountain. The checkpoint is located in the community hall building up the hill from the store. White Mountain is most notable as the last of three mandatory rest stops for teams competing in the annual Iditarod. All mushers are required to take an 8-hour rest stop at White Mountain before making the final push to the end of the race, 99 miles away in Nome. Spend the afternoon to observe mushing activities. Return Flight to Nome. Overnight: Nome
Nome - Snowcat Tour to Safety (Thursday) This morning watch more and more mushers arriving in Nome. This afternoon enjoy the snowcat ride to Safety. Travel across the snow covered frozen tundra to view wildlife and gold rush landmarks across a beautiful and wild land. Muskox sightings on this trip are very common! It is amazing to see what it must be like to be out so far from anything like the mushers are. This is their last stretch before they arrive in Nome, and you might have passed a couple mushers. Safety Checkpoint is a warm and welcoming place. Joe runs the place and welcomes everyone with a story. Visitors from near and far visit the Roadhouse and leave a dollar bill with their name on it stapled to one of the walls. Overnight: Nome.
Nome - Anchorage (Friday) Morning on your own. Return flight from Nome to Anchorage during the day. We have several flight times available. Optional tour extension or additional nights in Nome on request.
AKS01 Deluxe Anchorage City Tour Let our driver-guide show you some of Anchorage's historical points of interest in this sprawling city of over 250,000 full-time residents. Watch for attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center and its Crossroads of the World Signpost, Ship Creek Viewpoint overlooking Cook Inlet and the Alaska Railroad Depot, Resolution Park with its Captain Cook Monument, and the Museum of History & Art. Continue to Alaska's largest (Ski) Floatplane Base at Lake Hood and the nearby Earthquake Park, the site of the memorial of the 1964 Earthquake. See what happened to the land as it broke apart and slid into the Cook Inlet. Cook Inlet views and pictures from here are a favorite for guests! Rate per Person: $80.00
AKS05 Mt.McKinley Flight Sightseeing Tours You'll fly within 6-Miles of McKinley's 20.320 ft summit. Get a magnificent view of large glacier, ice-falls, mountain peaks and valleys and see how the last ice age has shaped the area. Continue to the Kahiltna Glacier and Ruth Glacier with it's Great Gorge - with over 9.000 ft the world deepest gorge. The flight continues to the Sheldon Amphitheatre – the largest of its kind in the world. Another highlight may be the Wickersham Wall – a 14.000 ft continuous rise of rock and ice. During the tour you may catch also sights of mountain climbers. All flights include window seat and hotel transfers in Anchorage Duration: 3 Hours Rate per Person: $435.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS14 Portage Glacier and Turnagain Arm Limousine Sunset Tour - Including Dinner Get into your large and luxurious limousine and leave Anchorage for a 5 hour sightseeing tour. You will cruise along Turnagain Arm with dramatic views of mountain scenery and the inlet with the second highest tide in North America. Watch out for Beluga Whales, Dall Sheep and other wildlife. Arrive at the Portage Glacier Valley and Portage Lake: walk along the shore of the lake to see icebergs floating around up close. You'll notice several nearby "hanging glacier" and a beautiful scenery around you. Continue your journey to the Alyeska Resort – Alaska largest ski area and enjoy later a 3-course dinner at the famous Double Musky Restaurant. After dinner - Return to Anchorage. Rate per Person: $120.00 (Minimum: 4 Clients) Rate per Person: $100.00 (Minimum: 8 Clients)
AKS04 Van Zyle Siberian Husky Kennel and Art Gallery Tour Van Zyle completed the Iditarod twice and maintains today a husky kennel near Anchorage. From these adventures he has created the yearly Iditarod poster series commemorating the race and his involvement. Since 1979 he is the official Iditarod artist and in 2004 he was included into the Iditarod Hall of Fame. A book of his art and life "The Best of Alaska - the Art of Jon Van Zyle" were published in 1990 and since then continuously updated. His original paintings are exhibited in many galleries in the USA & Europe. We offer an exclusive 3-4 hour tour from Anchorage, starting around 1:00 pm - which includes a visit of the sled dog kennel, the Art Studio and a lecture about dog sledding, the Iditarod and his exceptional life in Alaska. A mini print of the current official Iditarod poster (Value: $22.00) is included. Rate per Person: $115.00 (Minimum: 4 Clients, Transportation from/to Anchorage Included)
AKS14 Resurrection Bay - Kenai Fjords Cruise A rich variety of wildlife thrives year-round in Resurrection Bay, and you can cruise these spectacular waters in the comfort of our spacious heated cabins. Winter is no obstacle to your enjoying the beauty of alpine glaciers, jagged shorelines and towering rocky outcroppings through our vessels' large picture windows. We commonly see Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall's porpoise, and perhaps even Orca or Humpback whales. There is also a variety of ducks and waterfowl present at this time of the year. View Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier stemming from the Harding Field located in Kenai Fjords National Park. The hanging glaciers of Resurrection Bay will provide a scenic backdrop for your photos. Departure 11:30 h from/to Seward. Trip Highlights: ✓ Wildlife and winter scenery ✓ Alpine and piedmont glaciers ✓ Narration by accredited interpreters ✓ 2.5 hour cruises, approx 50 miles round trip ✓ Healthy lunch ✓ Wildlife Guide ✓Courtesy shuttle Rate per Person: $90.00
AKS05 Iditarod Checkpoint Tour: Yentna Station Checkpoint Fly-out Magnificent fly-out to the Yentna Station Roadhouse – the first remote wilderness checkpoint within Alaska's backcountry - accessible only by snowmobile or ski-plane. Check out the musher's first activities from the small lodge above the riverbed (food/drinks available). The Iditarod trail continuous from here on the frozen Yentna River to Skwentna and further on to Finger Lake. You'll spend about 1-2 hours on the ground to observe the race activities before you return by ski-plane to Anchorage during the late afternoon. This is a recommendable tour if you do not have enough time for a fly-out to the checkpoints at Finger Lake or Rainy Pass. Minimum: 2 Clients Rate per Person: $420.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS06 Iditarod Checkpoint Tour: Finger Lakes Checkpoint Fly-out Scenic flight to the Finger Lake – also known as Winter Lake checkpoint - within the eastern fringe of the Alaska Range at milepost 194. This is a busy tent check point and It is not very uncommon to have 10 feet of snow on the ground. Observe race activities and watch the Musher's gearing up for the most difficult trip across infamous Rainy Pass. Many teams camp here for a while and feed the dogs. Note: food or drinks are usually not available around the checkpoints. The small lodge on the lake does not cater to any day use guests. So stay away. Afternoon return flight to Anchorage. Deli Style Lunch Box & Soft Drinks included. Minimum: 2 Clients Rate per Person: $750.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS07 Iditarod Checkpoint Tour: Rainy Pass Checkpoint Fly-out Morning Ski-plane flight from Anchorage along the Iditarod trail to the Rainy Pass and the Puntilla Lake checkpoints. The gateway to Alaska's interior offers some of the most spectacular scenery of the entire Iditarod Trail. Many teams are taking their mandatory 24 h. layover here before venturing via the treacherous Farewell Burn area and into the flat lands of Alaska's interior. You'll spend the whole day in this scenic remote wilderness area along the trail observing the many dog-mushing activities around the race. Deli Style Lunch Box & Soft Drinks included. Return to Anchorage in the early evening. Rate per Person: $775.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS08 Iditarod Race Re-Start Sightseeing: Anchorage - Willow - Anchorage Van transfer around noon from Anchorage to Willow with a brief stopover at the Iditarod Headquarter and Museum in Wasilla. Check out the many Iditarod memorabilia at the very interesting museum before you'll continue to the official Iditarod restart ceremony in Willow which starts at 2:00 pm. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the musher final preparation for the 1050-mile trip throughout Alaska's back-country to the finishing line in Nome. Our tour is fully escorted! Return to Anchorage approximately 5:00 pm. Transfer to/from our city hotels or to the airport included. Also available as flight option from/to Anchorage. Rate per Person: $150.00 (Including Van Transportation from/to Anchorage
AKS09 Iditarod Checkpoint Tour: Nikolai Checkpoint Fly-out The Athabasca Alaska Native Village - situated on the south fork of the Kuskowim River - was a former gold rush trading post and roadhouse which connected the the Ophir Gold Mining District with the Cook Inlet. With 50 houses and a population of 125 people, villagers here have a subsistence life style meaning they grow their own vegetables, hunt caribou and moose and fish for salmon. Some people are still trapping too. Many of the villagers gathering around the checkpoint socializing with visitors and mushers. This is a great place to watch the mushers care for their dogs and experience a little bit of life in a remote Alaska village. Rate per Person: $875.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS10 Iditarod Checkpoint Tour: McGrath Checkpoint Fly-out, 2 Day Package Morning flight from Anchorage to McGrath - a small village with a population of 400 people on the Kuskowim River. In 1904 McGrath was established as an important trading post and Gold was discovered around McGrath in 1906. The village serves as a major checkpoint during the Iditarod Race and about ten mushers with their dog teams are from the area and are actively participating in the Iditarod race every year ! Return to Anchorage around noon on day two. Our tour includes: Flights from/to Anchorage, Overnight in a Bed & Breakfast, 1-hour Guided Dog Mushing Introduction, 1x Breakfast, 1x Dinner, 1x Deli Style Lunch Box. Minimum: 2 Clients Rate per Person: $950.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS11 Dog Mushing Ever dreamed of moving silently across snowy landscape pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies? Dog sledding, also called dog mushing, is an exciting introduction to a traditional Alaska winter transportation with lively huskies and a musher with a long time successful Iditarod history. The Susitna Valley - dominated by the magnificent Mt.McKinley - is the dog mushing center of Alaska with a great trail system and many well known kennels. Meet the harnessed team and a musher for introductions and photographs. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a popular, inspiring topic of conversation. During the educational and inspiring presentation you'll learn about dog team commands, running positions, mushing basics, equipment, sled harnessing and breading. Than drive your own dog team with guided supervision on the beautiful winter trails. The dogs are always ready for adventure as they tour Alaska by winter and it's glaciers by summer. Native Alaskans bred huskies from wolves for companionship, protection and transportation. Step on the runners for this authentic Alaskan adventure. Winter clothing such as parkas, bibs, boots etc.. are provided. Total 3 Hours Rate per Person: $280.00
AKS12 3-Day Dog Mushing Adventures Tours are available from Feb 01 - Apr 10. Day one includes the above 3-hour introduction to dog mushing and one night at a Bed & Breakfast. In the morning of day two you'll travel north for some of the best Mt.McKinley views. You drive a dog team into Denali National Park to the Tokosha Mountain Wilderness Lodge. After a relaxed lunch you are out for more dog mushing adventure in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. Enjoy the hospitality and a great meals at the wilderness lodge. Leave the next morning after breakfast and head home with fantastic memories and great photos. Additional information on request. Rate per Person: $1300.00 (from/to Willow)
The crystal gallery of ice carving competition kicks off the winter festivities in Anchorage each year. It marks the beginning of many activities to come between January and April - such as the Iditarod and the Iron Dog. The ice carving competition occurs around the first weekend of January and happens in Anchorage’s town square with teams traveling as far as China to compete. Teams are provided with two blocks of ice weighing around 3 to 4 thousand pounds apiece and 48 hours to turn the blocks of ice into a masterpiece. Be careful when going to view the ice sculptures as they are located on an ice rink, literally. Or better yet bring your ice skates along for the adventure. Ice skating is free.
Inuit Blanket Toss The blanket toss competition is like jumping on a trampoline, except the people who are holding the blanket are raising and lowering it to toss a person. This is the game often played at festivals and other Inuit celebrations. The "blankets" for the game are usually made from seal and walrus skins, so it can handle the pounding that results every time a player lands on it after the "toss." The winner is the player who bounces the highest. This game started when mountain men, Inuits and old fur traders used to meet in a pre-arranged place in the early spring each year to trade their winter's kills (furs) for cash and supplies. In the early 1900s, these meetings stopped happening because modern trappers and fur buyers had no use for them. But in the 1930's, a group of people who wanted to preserve their history brought back these meetings in the form of a 10-day celebration where games like the Blanket Toss are played.
Native Arts Market Featuring over 150 Native Artisans selling and demonstrating their art - from basket weaving, dolls, beading, carving and more! A rare opportunity to meet and greet the artists and watch them create their one of a kind items. The Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market is named for Charlotte Jensen as a tribute to her many years of service and her love of all things Rondy. She was a Past President, Former Lady Trapper, Vern Johnson Award winner, and long-time Board member of Greater Anchorage Inc. since the 1970’s. Charlotte was also Chairperson of the Merchandise Committee and the Native Arts Market.
Miners and Trappers Charity Ball Break out the costumes and celebrate the 62nd Anniversary of the Miner’s and Trapper’s Charity Ball. Bring your world class beard and extremely tolerant other half to compete in the “Mr. Fur Face Contest,” the Alaska State Championship Beard and Mustache Contest. The Miner’s and Trapper’s Charity Ball has raised several million dollars for local charities and is produced by area Lions Clubs. The Egan Center - Tickets: $30.00 per person Alaska Trappers Association Fur Auction The South Central Chapter of the Alaska Trappers Association brings you the finest in Alaskan Fur, continuing its legacy as one of the original events of Rondy. World Championship Sled Dog Races With a great big field of amazing mushers from Alaska, Germany, Canada and the lower 48. Sled Dog Races are a Fur Rendezvous classic which began in 1946 and continue today with what is known as "The Rondy." The Open World Championship Sled Dog Race is considered the grandfather of all Alaskan races! The Rondy is produced by the Alaskan Sled Dog Racing Association (ASDRA). Come and witness the sheer intensity and excitement that is the most anticipated sprint race in North America. Endurance, Speed, and agility prove these dogs to be true athletes.
Iditarod fans have an array of spots where they can watch the 62 race teams make their way across Anchorage on Saturday morning. One of the best is at the end, on Campbell Tract in Far North Bicentennial Park. There's parking at the "BLM" Bureau of Land Management Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive off Elmore Road, for about 500 vehicles as well as shuttle buses to Kasuum Elementary (about 100 spots) and Abbott Loop Community Park (75 spots). After parking, spectators can follow wooded winter trails to viewing areas or use a shuttle to sample different viewing areas. School buses will run a loop route between 10:00 h and 16:00 h With the ceremonial start beginning at 10:00 h downtown, you'll have plenty of time to get a taxi from downtown Anchorage to the viewing areas before dog teams start arriving at around 11:00 h. The BLM staff put a lot of effort into preparing the terminus site to accommodate free public parking and close-up sled dog viewing and the Campbell Tract venue is one of our best kept scenic secrets to watch the musher away from the crowd. Portable toilets will supplement restrooms at the Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Driver off Elmore Road. The center also has hot chocolate and Iditarod exhibits.
Nordic Skiing is available at Kincaid Park, on the Coastal Trail, Beach Lake, Eagle River and along the Hillside.
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