The biggest event of the year - the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race ! Experience the Iditarod Race Start on Anchorage's 4th Avenue and customize your preferred Iditarod program around the flexible tour package with many options: You can visit the private sled dog kennel of an Iditarod veteran and try dog mushing by yourself, take a sightseeing cruise tour to Kenai Fjords National Park for Grey Whale migration observation, ski for a day at the Alyeska Resort - Alaska's largest ski area, or choose from various fly-out options to remote Iditarod race checkpoints around famous Rainy Pass, Finger Lakes, the Yentna River or Nikolai with overnights in wilderness lodges within the Alaska Range foothills. Alternatively take a trip to Nome on the shores of the Bering Sea to observe the action when the first Iditarod Musher arrives after an exhilarating trip of 1100 Miles. This is the ideal itinerary for the independent traveler.
Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer to your hotel. Remaining day at leisure and time to enjoy the many winter festival activities during the ongoing annual Winter Fur Rendezvous with: Native Arts Market, Theater Show, Winter Carnival Activities, Snow & Ice Sculpture Competition, Snowshoe Softball Matches and Firework Displays - while the cities gears up for the Iditarod Race Start over the weekend. The statue of the legendary lead dog Balto, located on 4th Avenue, marks the "official" starting point of the race. There is also a statue of Balto in New York City's Central Park. Don't miss a early evening gourmet dinner with a breathtaking view across Cook Inlet from the Captain Cook Hotel and it's renowned AAA-4 Diamond - Crow's Nest Restaurant - or sample some fresh Alaska seafood at the renowned Simon and Seafort's Restaurant just above the shoreline of Cook Inlet. Overnight: Anchorage
Anchorage - Mushers Banquet (Thursday)
Explore the sights and highlights of Anchorage today during a guided city tour. You'll visit the historical and scenic points of interest around Anchorage: Alaska's largest (Ski) Floatplane Base at Lake Hood, Earthquake Park, the Captain Cook Monument and 5th. Avenue. At 5:00 pm join the Musher's Banquet Dinner at the Dena'ina Center (included). Main part of the exciting evening entertainment is the bib number drawing, an auction and a 3-course dinner which starts around 6:00 pm. Dress code is casual. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. This is a must for anyone interested to observe "The Last Great Race on Earth" for the first time. Participants have plenty of photo opportunities, good chances to meet and talk with the Iditarod Musher personally, collect autographs and participate in the auction. Overnight: Anchorage
Relax and enjoy a free day in and around Anchorage. There are many options available to spend your day. Ever dreamed of moving silently across snowy landscape pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies? Our sled dog tour is an exciting introduction to the traditional Alaska winter transportation with lively huskies and a musher with a long time Iditarod history. If you want to see a close up of Mt McKinley, then take a 3 hour flightseeing tour from Anchorage. Depart Lake Hood, Anchorage’s lively seaplane airport, traverse the flatlands across Cook Inlet and follow the ragged spine of the Alaska Range with its massive walls of rock and ice to the crowning jewel, Mount McKinley. Many activities and events are offered during the Fur Rendezvous Festival. You can even take the comfortable ski bus for a trip down to Girdwood and the famous Alyeska Ski Resort. Overnight: Anchorage
Anchorage - Iditarod Race Start (Saturday)
The legendary Iditarod Race starts at 10:00 am on 4th. Avenue in Alaska's largest city. Get up early and observe the start preparations, take close up pictures from about 100 Musher's, over 1000 Sled Dogs and enjoy the bustling and exciting race atmosphere before the teams are leaving from the starting line for the "1050 mile race to Nome". Anchorage parks and green belts are providing also a great alternative to observe the race activities. The Balto Statue marks the ceremonial starting point of the Iditarod. Balto was the final lead sled dog in a relay of dogsleds that brought vaccine from Anchorage to Nome just in time to stop a diphtheria epidemic that was threatening to devastate Nome's population in the winter of 1925. The story of the sled dog relay is a classic tale of adventure and sacrifice, as dozens of dogs and mushers risked their lives in brutal conditions to save their fellow citizens. Overnight: Anchorage
Anchorage - Willow Re-Start (Sunday)
Transfer around 10 AM from Anchorage to Willow along the scenic Glenn Highway with a brief stopover in Wasilla. Continue to the official Iditarod restart ceremony in Willow which begins at 2:00 pm. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the musher's final preparation for the 1050-mile trip throughout Alaska's back-country to the finishing line in Nome on Front Street. Our tour is fully escorted! Return to Anchorage approximately 7:00 pm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in/around Anchorage. Time for your last shopping activities, a visit of the Alaska Native Heritage Center or for a nice seafood lunch with delicious Alaska Salmon or King Crabs in one of the many Anchorage top restaurants. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. End of tour package. Please note: Individual program extensions are available. We feature a variety of Winter Rail Tours from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Northern Lights Viewing at the Arctic Circle, Self Drive Tours on the Kenai Peninsula or Sled Dog Tours. Please contact us for more information or refer to the Winter Tour section of the website.
AKS02 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: $415.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS03 Portage Glacier and Turnagain Arm Limousine Sunset Tour
Get into your large and luxurious limousine and leave Anchorage for a 4 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 a dinner at the famous Double Musky Restaurant (not included). 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: $320.00 (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: $420.00 (from/to Anchorage)
AKS11 Dog Mushing
Ever dreamed of moving silently across snowy landscape pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies? Dog sledding 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 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: $250.00 (from Willow)
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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