Day 1 (March 2)
Arrive in Anchorage and shuttle to your airport. Depending on your arrival you are welcome to enjoy sightseeing in Anchorage. Doug will shuttle our group to all the best Anchorage has to offer. We’ll van to some of the fabulous local museums, tour the impressive carvings at the Alaska State Snow Sculpture Contest, quick lunch at “Wishbone Restaurant”, then peruse the creations of over 150 Alaska native artisans at the Charlotte Jensen Native Art market. In the evening, relax and enjoy a delicious group dinner with Michelle, Ed, & Doug.
Day 2 (March 3)
Let the pre-race excitement build! Today, you’ll enjoy several Iditarod events, including the meet-and-greet. In the evening, you’ll attend the Musher’s Banquet to enjoy a delicious meal with all the 2022 mushers, their families and fans. We will sit with Michelle and watch her draw her bib number for the race. Don’t forget to pack a pen for autographs!
Day 3 (March 4)
Spend the day getting to know all the incredible dogs in Michelle’s Iditarod team. You’ll learn about the ins and outs of mushing and dog care, and then go for a fabulous sled dog ride with these amazing athletes on scenic Willow area trails. There are more Iditarod afternoon events planned and Doug will take you to look for Northern Lights in the evening.
Day 4 (March 5)
Today you get your authentic, behind-the-scenes Iditarod experience! You’ll be a “handler” or “helper-Spectator” for the team as we get ready. First, you’ll help harness and bootie the dogs. Then, you will try to hold the team back as we bring them up to the start line for the ceremonial start. For lunch/dinner, we’ll enjoy home-cooking at the famous Matanuska Brewery. Enjoying other mushers who may join us for the meal. Northern light watching is offered again this evening.
Day 5 (March 6)
Today is the restart in Willow, the official start of the “Last Great Race” and the excitement is through the roof. With teams leaving every 2 minutes, you’ll be right there in the middle of it all, watching the mushers preparing and leaving—a true insider view of the Iditarod. This is the real deal, folks! You’ll be helping out as handlers or spectators, assisting Michelle and her team up to the start line.We see Michelle and her team off on her 1000-mile journey. Afterwards we will meet some local mushers who take retired sled dogs and offer them a great retirement life. For dinner we will head to Edgarita Norris’s Howling Dog B&B and listen to tales from the old days and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal.
Day 6 (March 7)
We will depart Anchorage with a small plane and head northwest 100 miles to the Rainy Pass Lodge Checkpoint. You will pass through some of the most beautiful scenery and see the Skwentna checkpoint from the air. Rainy Pass Lodge is a great place to view the dogs because it is right after a long night of mushing and right before they head into the treacherous Alaska Range, therefore most teams stop for a rest in this checkpoint, giving you great photo ops and chances to talk to Michelle. Ed will accompany you and explain some of the strategy and what is unfolding at the checkpoint. After a few hours watching the dogs head inside to warm up and have a hearty lunch provided by the lodge. Then a scenic flight home after an eventful day.
Day 7 (March 8)
The hotel shuttle will take you to the airport and you will depart
We have been able to limit the cost of the Iditarod tour to $5450 per person by offering so many events and experiences and conducting them solely by us, Michelle, Ed, and Doug. We are offering this experience and keeping the number to three couples or six people to keep the quality First Class.