Alaska Tour 2020
Arrive in Anchorage, March 6
Dinner at the hotel for those who arrive before 7:00 p.m.
OX OX OX
Your trip begins with an extraordinary opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. In addition to a "pet the musk ox" experience, we will be dining at the home of the farm’s director, Mark Austin, followed by an evening of storytelling from an Iditarod musher. Imagine enjoying a bowl of hot chili while watching young musk ox play outside the dining room window!
There's no place like Nome
If the weather cooperates, we will attend the Iditarod restart at Willow Lake, when more than 70 mushers and 1,000 sled dogs officially begin their 1,000-mile journey to Nome. It is Alaska's great winter tailgate party with reindeer hot dogs on the grill and a level of excitement that makes the Super Bowl look like a library.
Our day begins with G.B. Jones, a beloved Iditarod musher (his story is without compare), who allows us to individually mush his sled dog team on the original Iditarod trail. No one else in Alaska can compete with a day at G.B.'s.
Afterwards, we drive north to spend three days and nights at a wilderness lodge at the base of Denali, providing both an unforgettable mountain retreat and opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis (no promises!)
Gone to the Dogs!
Wake up to sunrise over Denali as we enjoy a remote lodge entirely to ourselves. After breakfast, we spend the day at the home of Alaska’s premier sled dog fiber artist, Brenda Mowery, who provides a home-cooked meal and warmth at every level with the quintessential wild Alaskan backdrop. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing optional. If Mother Nature cooperates, we will have the perfect setting for viewing the Northern Lights.
Warm-up and Chill out
Bring a book. Bring your knitting.
Or enjoy the day to explore our surroundings and go for a hike. Our lodge is ideal for doing nothing but enjoying the quietude of Denali at this time of year. (Our driver will be available for those who would like to arrange for a special outing.)
A walk in the park
We check out of our lodge and head to Denali National Park for an extraordinary talk about climate change in Alaska, led by the park’s leading naturalist, Nan Eagleson. Afterwards we will visit the park’s sled dog kennels and go snowshoeing (icy conditions notwithstanding), drive north to Fairbanks and check-in to our hotel in the heart of downtown. In the evening, we’ll visit the largest ice sculpture contest in North America, dramatically lit under the crisp northern sky. Hopefully, we will also see the Auroras, which are best viewed from the musk ox pasture at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Furs and Farewell
After breakfast you can enjoy exploring Fairbanks including a visit to the Raw Fur Company before flying back to Anchorage and your flight home.
All events are subject to weather conditions.
$2995 including all transportation, meals, and airfare within Alaska based on double occupancy.
Single supplement plus $675