Trail Sled Dog race is a 1000 mile trek by dogsled from Anchorage to
Nome. Almost 100 dog teams and mushers head off on the historic
Iditarod Trail starting the first Saturday in March, reaching Nome
about ten days later. The race is followed closely by Alaskans as
well as fans from around the world. At the finish line, the entire
town of Nome (and visitors from around the world) line the streets
to watch the winner cross under the burled arch that signifies the
finish line for the race. Alaska Vacation Store can create a custom
Iditarod 2010 race package for you. Each of the
packages is customized to meet your specific desires and budget.
All of our
packages* begin in Anchorage the
first few days of March 2012. Your exact
arrival date will depend on the pre-race activities that you want to
experience and the amount of time you have for your adventure.
|February 29 - March
2: Arrive in Anchorage.
There are numerous activities that we can schedule for you in
the days preceding the race, including day cruises of
Resurrection Bay, dog sled and sleigh ride trips, the Iditarod
Start Banquet, downhill and cross country skiing, to name just a
March 3: The race starts in downtown
Anchorage on Saturday, and you will be at the starting line for
"The Last Great Race." Saturday's events center around the
ceremonial start. Mushers depart from 4th Avenue in Anchorage
for a trip through town. After they complete their run, they
pack up the dogs and head north to Willow, where he race starts
in earnest on Sunday.
4: Today is the Iditarod re-start, when the mushers
leave Willow for Nome. You'll be there for the re-start on
Sunday, and in the evening head off to the town of Talkeetna for
5: On Monday morning, you'll fly to the Rainy Pass
Checkpoint. Guests often spot teams along the trail from the
air. You'll spend the day at one of the most important
checkpoints from the standpoint of race strategy. You'll return
to Talkeetna this evening.
6: From here, our packages diverge. The hard core race
fans will continue on the trail traveling between checkpoints by
air, all the way to Nome. Others will head off to enjoy the
hospitality of some of the small inns that we work with, before
heading to Nome for the finish of the race. Others will change
gears, and head off on a
northern lights viewing adventure.
7-11: Some guests head out to some of the more remote
checkpoints, or take time in Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.
12-15: Those guests who stay for the end of the race will
head to Nome for the finish, and return home on Wednesday night
are numerous ways we can customize this trip for you - Some of
the activities that we suggest include single day and multi-day
dog sled adventures, northern lights viewing, downhill and cross
country skiing, ice fishing, the International Ice Art
Championship in Fairbanks, and a visit to a hot spring.
Package prices will vary depending on the length of your tour and the
activities you choose. Packages start at about
$2700 per person, double occupancy
(package only, no air). Typical airfare to Alaska will be about
$750 round trip from most locations
in the United States.
that wish to travel to Nome for the finish of the race should make
their final arrangements as soon as possible, since lodging
availability is limited.
Plan your 2012 Iditarod Adventure now!
* Our Iditarod packages are NOT
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