The Iditarod Alaska "Nome Finish" Tour Package from Anchorage
This 7-day program provides always 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.
SAT Day 1: Anchorage - Nome
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
SUN Day 2: Nome | Unalakleet Checkpoint
Today you'll fly to the Unalakleet Checkpoint. 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 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. Returning to Nome in the late afternoon. Overnight: Nome
MON Day 3: Nome | Koyuk Checkpoint
Late morning flight from Nome to Koyuk on the shores of Norton Bay. This checkpoint is only 171 Miles from Nome. Musher's 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. Spend the afternoon to observe mushing activities. Return Flight to Nome. Overnight: Nome
TUE Day 4: Nome
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. The first musher is expected to arrive this afternoon or evening. 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. Overnight: Nome
WED Day 5: Nome | Safety Checkpoint
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.
THU Day 6: Nome
Day at leisure. 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. You have the option to visit a dog musher's camp and experience a sled dog team in action. We can also arrange for you a flight to White Mountain Checkpoint where many mushers still take a mandatory 8-hour layover. Overnight: Nome.
FRI Day 7: Nome - Anchorage
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.
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Additional Service Information
Rates per Person in US $ from/to Anchorage
|Tour Number: TA4 The Iditarod Finish in Nome
|✦ 2015 ✦ March 14 - March 20 | Standard Hotel or B&B||$ 3980.00||$ 3260.00||$ 3060.00||$ 2980.00|
|✦ 2016 ✦ March 12 - March 18 | Standard Hotel or B&B||$ 4080.00||$ 3360.00||$ 3160.00||$ 3080.00|
|✦ 2017 ✦ March 11 - March 17 | Standard Hotel or B&B||$ 4180.00||$ 3460.00||$ 3260.00||$ 3180.00|
|✦ 2018 ✦ March 10 - March 16 | Standard Hotel or B&B
||$ 4280.00||$ 3560.00||$ 3360.00||$ 3280.00|