WASILLA, Alaska -- Sky Trekking Alaska, which operates year-round
airplane excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas of the Last
Frontier, announced details of its Iditarod Trail Adventure, a
12-day program that follows the Iditarod Dog Sled Race from its
start in Anchorage to its culmination in Nome.
The trip, scheduled for March 2 to 14, shadows the 1,049-mile
race from checkpoint-to-checkpoint.
Sky Trekking said the trip is designed for adventurous clients
who are up to the challenge of exploring Alaska in the winter.
The trek's focus largely relies on the pace of the race, although
the overall itinerary is designed to give clients an appreciation
for Alaska, its people and cultures, and wintertime activities.
Sky Trekking's pilots and guides use ski-equipped bush planes to
fly along the Iditarod race route and make stops in Talkeetna,
McGrath, the Yukon River region, Unalakleet, Nome, Shishmaref and
Along the way, the itinerary includes time to observe the race
and have a hands-on experience mushing a dog team, along with
ice-fishing, mountain snowmobiling, cross-county skiing and
It also includes daily flightseeing and an aerial tour of Mount
McKinley -- the highest peak in North America -- for a birds-eye
look at its high granite cliffs and glacier-filled valleys.
Overnight accommodations will be at four locations: Wasilla,
McGrath, Unalakleet and Nome.
Wasilla is located 50 miles north of Anchorage and is the site
of the Iditarod restart. Overnight accommodations and meals on
March 3, 4 and 5 will be at the Best Western Lucille Inn, a
property located on Lake Lucille featuring views of the Chugach
McGrath, a main race checkpoint, is located on the Kuskokwin
River 220 miles northwest of Anchorage. Overnight accommodations
and meals on March 6 and 7 will be at the Takusko House, a
Unalakleet is located on Norton Sound in the Bering Sea. Mushers
change sleds at this point to the lightweight racing sleds required
for traversing the Norton Sound sea ice and final push to Nome.
Overnight accommodations and meals here on March 8 and 9 will be
at Brown's Lodge, the town's top-rated inn.
In Nome, guests will stay at the Nome Nugget on March 10, 11, 12
and 13. The historic hotel is located near the race's finish line
in downtown Front Street.
This portion of the itinerary also includes a trip to
Shishmaref, a Yupik Eskimo village famous for its carved whalebone
and ivory. Located 85 miles north of East Cape, Russia, Shishmaref
features hot springs, lava beds, archaeological sites and a variety
of wildlife including fox, wolves, moose, caribou, wolverine and
The price of the land-only trip is $8,400 per person, double. It
includes accommodations, all meals, air travel within Alaska,
services of a guide, all planned activities, an Iditarod 2002
embroidered jacket and a Sky Trekking gear bag and hat. Commission
For information or reservations, call (800) 525-3153 or visit www.alaskaonthefly.com.