Iditarod Race and Northern Lights

from £1511
excluding flights *
8 nights Feb

Overview

Witness the excitement of Alaska's epic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Extending for nearly 1,000 miles through some of the roughest, toughest wilderness terrain in North America, the Iditarod Trail crosses the state of Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. Every year intrepid mushers and their dog teams tackle this incredible journey, facing bitter cold, fierce winds and long lonely hours of darkness in a bid to become Iditarod champion.

Highlights

  • Attend a pre-race banquet with champion mushers
  • Enjoy two evening excursions in search of the aurora borealis
  • Ride the legendary Alaska Railroad from Healy to Talkeetna
  • Watch the Ceremonial Start and Official Re-Start of the legendary Iditarod Race

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 boxed lunch, 1 dinners
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

During your stay you can also take in some of the unforgettable events of Anchorage's world-renowned Fur Rendezvous Winter Carnival. 'Fur Rondy' is a great Alaskan tradition, celebrating the end of the long winter with activities ranging from the fun, to the competitive, to the downright bizarre – Snowshoe Softball and Outhouse Races not least among these!

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £1,000 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp) Single Price
24 Feb 2019 8 nights £1,511 £1,916

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 boxed lunch, 1 dinner
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Alaska Railroad (standard seating) from Healy to Anchorage
  • 2 x Northern Lights Viewing Tours
  • Fairbanks sightseeing tour
  • Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre & Anchorage Museum
  • Anchorage Sightseeing Tour
  • Visit to Martin Buser’s Dog Kennel
  • Entry to the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet (including dinner)
  • Attendance at the ceremonial and official Iditarod starts
  • Services of an Alaskan tour guide
  • Northern Lights Bradt Guide Book
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Fairbanks

Upon arrival in Fairbanks make your way to your hotel. This evening, conditions permitting, you will join an excursion in search of the northern lights.

Day 2: Fairbanks

After a leisurely breakfast take a city tour around Fairbanks, including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Centre and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Depart tonight for another chance to view the aurora borealis.

Day 3: Fairbanks - Healy

This morning transfer by coach to Healy, just north of Denali National Park. Upon arrival visit the Murie Science Learning Centre which acts as the Visitor Centre in the wintertime. Later today there may be the possibility to snowshoe.

Day 4: Healy - Anchorage

Transfer to the Healy Rail stop where you will board the Alaska Railroad for your scenic journey to Anchorage. Keep an eye out for views of Denali.

Day 5: Anchorage

Today starts with a city tour of Anchorage featuring the historic downtown area, Lake Hood floatplane base, and Earthquake Park. Later travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm for a visit of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre to see Alaskan wildlife up close. Upon return to Anchorage, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Mushers’ Banquet.

Day 6: Girdwood - Anchorage

Today travel north to meet 4-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennel. Hear personal stories while viewing a glimpse of the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Before returning to Anchorage visit the Iditarod Headquarters.

Day 7: Anchorage: Iditarod Race Ceremonial Start

This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world. This afternoon visit the Anchorage Museum, a large art, history, ethnography, ecology and science museum.

Day 8: Anchorage: Official Iditarod Start

This morning head north to Willow for the official start of the Iditarod Race. Unlike the relaxed fun of the Ceremonial Start, this is where the serious business starts and the race starts in earnest. Dress warmly as you will be spending the day outside cheering on your favourite dog teams as they head off into the wilderness, whilst you return to Anchorage for your departure flight.

Pikes Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

Alaska

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

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