Alaska travelers can visit a musk ox farm, picnic at a remote mountaintop cabin or explore boreal forests on a cart led by sled dogs on new 2018 excursions from Salmon Berry Travel & Tours.
With the latest additions, the Anchorage-based outfitter expands its daytrip roster to more than 20 outings, ranging from two-hour scenic city tours to longer experiences featuring aurora viewing, glacier hiking, flightseeing and more. Those standard tours are capped at 10 to 13 guests, and per-person rates cover all meals, entrance fees and guide services excluding tips.
"Our day tours are led by local Alaskans who live here year-round. You're essentially traveling like a local with a local," said Salmon Berry Travel & Tours spokesman Tony Spiroski. "We've got diverse, knowledgeable team members who specialize in different fields like ecology and history so travelers get different perspectives and personal stories about living here in Alaska."
The company's recent introductions include the Anchorage Eco Tour, which follows the city's greenbelt corridors and spotlights local ecosystems. Tours stop at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery and the Alaska Botanical Garden and wrap in a bird-watching experience at an Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge estuary.
On the Fall Dog Sledding adventure, guests visit the Iditarod Trail headquarters and the homestead of four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. After learning about the race and meeting sled dogs, groups take a 2-mile, dog-pulled cart ride through woodlands and backcountry terrain.
An updated Talkeetna Day Trip: Choose Your Own Adventure now includes two optional helicopter outings: a flightseeing tour above the Talkeetna Mountains plus a remote alpine hike, or an Alaska Range flight followed by a picnic at the historical Don Sheldon Mountain House on the Ruth Glacier. Salmon Berry brings back its Mountains & Musk Ox itinerary for 2018, as well, departing from Anchorage on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway and exploring the Independence Mine State Historical Park and Hatcher Pass area before reaching the Musk Ox Farm near Palmer.
Salmon Berry partnered with AKontheGO publisher and Alaska family travel expert Erin Kirkland to create its new 2018 Iditarod: Ultimate Family Field Trip package, which gives families an in-depth experience along the famous sled dog race route.
The nine-night adventure bundles lodging, meals and Iditarod-
related activities, including entrance to the 2018 Musher Banquet, musher meet-and-greets, a family-friendly tailgating party at the ceremonial start, a view of the official start and various stops along the race route. Guests will also experience the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Festival, ride the Alaska Railroad, trek with a park ranger and tour a sled dog kennel.
Children will receive special gifts and take part in a "no grown-ups allowed" evening (while parents visit a brewery).
"The Fur Rondy and Iditarod mean a lot to us as Alaskans," Spiroski said. "It's a really fun time to be in Anchorage. We're excited to share this with people, and the partnership with Erin Kirkland makes the experience an unforgettable one for families."
Salmon Berry Travel & Tours also builds custom itineraries, available with or without guide services, for destinations throughout Alaska. Year-round adventures can be tailored to incorporate accommodations, activities, meals, train tickets and vehicle rentals.
On past personalized tours, guests have explored the Arctic region in and around Utqiagvik (also known by its former name, Barrow) and watched wildlife at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.
"Alaska means different things to different people, so we really tailor these trips to individual wish lists," Spiroski said. "Whether guests are coming here to experience native culture, take an educational tour or tackle new adventures, we can help them make it happen."
For tour dates and details, visit www.salmonberrytours.com.