- Sled dog mushing instruction (in graduated steps) by Iditarod mushers for two full days
- Driving your own dog team (or riding in the sled basket if so desired) in a variety of locations
- Visit kennel of top Iditarod contender
- Attending the start of the Iditarod Race in Anchorage
- Travel by ski-plane to a remote homestead to view passing dog teams
- Visit/overnight at official checkpoint Skwentna
Note: All modes of transportation, lodging, meals, supplementary arctic winter gear and instruction are included.
This trip can fill quickly – early reservation for this unique experience is highly recommended.
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Iditarod Sled Dog Tour Abbreviated Itinerary
Day 1 Anchorage-Hope: Gear check and visit to Race Headquarters; travel by road from Anchorage through the Kenai Mountains to overnight in log cabins in the tiny end of the road gold rush village of Hope on Cook Inlet; evening mushing “intro”
Day 2 Hope-Soldotna: Morning departure through Kenai Mountains to Soldotna. Afternoon at the kennel of our Iditarod musher, learning the mechanics of harnessing the dogs and the basic skills of piloting canine super athletes. In a graduated fashion, you’ll end the day with the satisfaction of having driven your own team. Overnight at lodge on Longmere Lake.
Day 3 CoHo muskeg mush: A day of immersion with full teams in the beautiful flats on the edge of Cook Inlet, in alternatingly wooded and open terrain. Iditarod veterans, local mushers, and snowmachines will assist this exhilerating experience, where we’ll also visit the dog lot of a top five Iditarod finisher. Overnight back at the lodge.
Day 4 Soldotna-Hope: Now it’s time to head into the hills of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, on the wonderful trails of the local racing association. By now you’re feeling like a veteran, contemplating racing yourself . . . Return to Hope and the cabins on Bear Creek.
Day 5 Hope-Skwentna Roadhouse: Travel to Anchorage; attend the start (indescribable) of the Iditarod; early afternoon departure from Lake Hood by bush ski-plane for flight to a remote homestead 70 air miles northwest; dinner and overnight at historic lodge
Day 6 Skwentna Roadhouse: Day to explore the neighborhood, watch the checkpoint preparations; dinner and bonfire rendezvous on the Skwentna River as the first dog teams come through the checkpoint (northern lights . . ?); second overnight at lodge
Day 7 Skwentna Roadhouse-Anchorage: Time to hang out at checkpoint; wander amongst the arriving mushers and race chaos; return flight to Anchorage and visit to bustling Race Headquarters