Friday, April 28, 2017

03-Days | Iditarod - The Checkpoints

Alaska Iditarod Trail Wilderness Checkpoint Tour

The Ultimate Alaska Iditarod Experience | Iditarod Wilderness Checkpoints

The Ultimate All Inclusive Adventure This package covers the Iditarod re-start in Willow, overnights in a remote Alaska wilderness lodge on the Iditarod Trail and daily fly-outs to observe race activities on the checkpoints at Finger Lakes, famous Rainy Pass - within the Alaska Range - and Nikolai. Overnight in a cozy and comfortable wilderness log style lodge within the solitude of the Alaska Range and enjoy a breathtaking view of Mt. McKinley. Accommodation in rooms with two twin size beds. A total of six rooms are sharing two large bathrooms – a real threat in such a remote wilderness location. Internet access available. Guaranteed Single Room occupancy available. The evenings are providing excellent Northern Lights (Aurora) viewing opportunities. A sauna and ice fishing equipment add to your enjoyment. Come and join us to get an unforgettable insight view of the toughest and most popular sled dog race in the world.
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Day 1: Anchorage – Willow | Iditarod Re-Start – Wilderness Lodge Fly-out

A full day of race action. Morning departure for the guided tour to the official Iditarod restart in Willow which starts at 2:00 PM. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the mushers final preparation for the 1050-mile trip to the finishing line in Nome. Scenic afternoon flight from Willow to the full-service wilderness lodge located 70 airmiles north of Anchorage. The unique location along the Iditarod Trail allows us to watch the mushers and sled dog teams in full action as they mush by on Sunday night. Upon arrival your hosts will welcome you and provide a short motorsled transfer to the main lodge. Check in and enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner. Later in the evening we take you by sled to the frozen Skwentna River. A nice big bonfire keeps you warm outside and a hot toddie inside, while we barbeque some Reindeer sausages. You'll see the first mushers and dog teams passing by from 10:00 PM onwards. The remote location also offers the great chance to watch the Aurora Borealis dancing on the night sky. Overnight: Iditarod Trail Wilderness Lodge

Day 2: Wilderness Lodge – Rainy Pass Checkpoint Fly-out - Wilderness Lodge

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning ski-plane fly-out for a breathtaking flightseeing trip along the Alaska Mountain Range to Rainy Pass Checkpoint and the nearby Puntilla Lakes. The gateway to the interior offers truly the most spectacular scenery of the entire Iditarod Trail. Many teams are taking their mandatory 24 hour layover here before venturing via the treacherous Farewell Burn area and into the flat lands of the interior. A deli style lunch and soft drinks are included. You'll spend the whole day within the incredible wilderness area along the trail observing various dog-mushing activities and teams arriving and departing. Return flight to the wilderness lodge by ski-plane in the late afternoon. Enjoy a delicious evening 3-course dinner and share the stories of the day with your fellow travelers. Another night to watch out for Aurora Borealis displays on the northern sky. Overnight: Wilderness Lodge

Day 3: Wilderness Lodge - Nikolai Checkpoint Fly-out - Anchorage

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning fly-out to the native village of Nikolai for another day of up-close-and-personal race action. With a population of 125 people, Nikolai is the first of many tiny native villages along the Iditarod Trail at the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River. The site was a former trading post and roadhouse during the 1899's gold rush This is usually the preferred area were the leading Iditarod dog teams are taking their mandatory 24-hour layover. You spend the entire day within the incredible wilderness area along the trail observing various dog mushing activities and arrival or departures of the teams. Return flight to Anchorage in the late afternoon with our ski-planes. End of tour.

Tour Includes

  • 2 Nights Wilderness Lodge Accommodation
  • Flight to Rainy Pass Checkpoint
  • Flight to Nikolai Checkpoint
  • Flight Willow – Wilderness Lodge - Anchorage
  • Guided Tour to the Iditarod Re-Start Willow
  • Local Taxes
  • 2 x American Breakfast
  • 2 x Deli Style Lunch & Soft Drinks
  • Bonfire with Hot Drinks, Grill Sausages, Marshmallows
  • 2 x Dinner
  • Tour Documentation
  • Sightseeing Information
  • Transfers and Transportation as Scheduled
  • Limited Guide Service

Rates per Person in US $ from/to Anchorage

Tour Number: IDI5 Wilderness Checkpoint Tour
Single Double
2017   ---- SOLD OUT --- $ 3249.00
$ 3230.00
Additional Night Anchorage | Superior Hotel
$ 90.00 $ 45.00
Additional Night Anchorage | First Class Hotel
$ 140.00 $ 70.00

Additional Service Information

  • Checkpoint Option: The pace of the race is always different and widely depends on current weather-, trail and other conditions. Accordingly - if the race is faster/slower than anticipated - we will choose a different checkpoint. Please make sure you purchase travel insurance as canceled flights due to weather are non-refundable.