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2021 Iditarod Aurora with Race Checkpoint Fly-Out

This tour is dedicated to The Last Great Race, northern lights, and the winter vacation of a lifetime!<...

Price Per Person
(based on double occupancy)
($844 single supplement)
10 nights, 11 days
Group Size
March 3 - March 13, 2021

2021 Iditarod Aurora with Race Checkpoint Fly-Out

Description, Itinerary, Tour Map, Details, Cancellation Policy, Travel Insurance

Join a local guide on this small group travel package to experience the Iditarod. 

  • Local Alaskan Guides with glacier water & snacks en route
  • Maximum 12 guests
  • 7 nights Anchorage, 3 nights Fairbanks
  • Drive Your Own Dog Sled at 4-time Iditarod Champion Kennel, Dallas Seavey Racing
  • Iditarod Headquarters Visit
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • 2021 Mushers Banquet with Musher Meet & Greet
  • Ceremonial Start of the 2021 Iditarod
  • 2021 Iditarod Official Starting Line Event
  • Checkpoint Fly Out to Rainy Pass Lodge (hosted lakeside)
  • Visit Denali National Park at the Murie Science & Learning Center enroute to Fairbanks
  • 2021 BP Ice Art World Championships
  • 2 Evening Tours to search for the Northern Lights
  • Chena Hot Springs Resort soak/swim pass with Ice Hotel Tour
  • Aurora Winter Train with all Meals Included On board
  • Airport Transfers
  • Rail Transfers
  • Meals: Breakfasts (10) Lunch (5) Dinner (4)
  • Taxes & fees associated with activities & accommodations
  • Local Guide Gratuity Included!

2021 Iditarod Aurora with Checkpoint Flight - Pricing -

  • $3896 per person based on double occupancy

2021 Iditarod Aurora WITHOUT Checkpoint Flight - Pricing -

  • $3201 per person based on double occupancy

So what's not included?? Your commercial flights into or out of Anchorage International Airport (ANC), the meals not listed as included and any add on pre/post nights in Anchorage

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Welcome to Alaska! Fly directly into Anchorage to start your adventures - and meet your Salmon Berry Tours guide at the airport, who will bring you into downtown Anchorage for your overnight stay at one of our favorite accommodations. This boutique-style hotel is located right in downtown Anchorage, within walking distance of the Iditarod Starting Line! You will also have an easy walk to many of our favorite shops and eateries, as well as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival. When you arrive, please call our office at 1.907.278.3572. Our guide will meet you outside baggage claim #3 in the commercial zones behind the taxi cabs.

Today Includes: Arrival into Anchorage, Meet & Greet with Local Guide, Overnight Anchorage

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Your professional Salmon Berry tour guide will pick you up and drive you south along the Turnagain Arm, looking for sheep, mountain goats, moose, eagles, and more. The main attraction is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where we will visit with bears, musk ox, moose, elk herd, caribou herd, and more Alaskan wild animals - these are our guaranteed animal friends! The animals are right at home in their 200-acre habitat; even the once-thought-extinct wood bison make for a picturesque photo with the amazing backdrop of the Chugach Range and the end of the iconic Turnagain Arm. Upon returning into Anchorage we begin the festivities with a musher meet & greet, allowing time to get autographs, free Iditarod posters and learn about the families behind the race! Following the Musher Meet & Greet, is the kick off of the 2021 Iditarod Musher’s Banquet with a silent auction and live auction Iditarod fundraiser and music. Enjoy a hearty dinner while watching the Iditarod entrants draw for their starting bib number. Today's tours and evening events include transportation by your Salmon Berry Tours local guide.

Today Includes: Wildlife Tour to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Musher Meet & Greet, 2021 Mushers Banquet, Overnight Anchorage (B, D)

Friday, March 5, 2021

This morning you will be traveling north to mushing country! Dog Sledding is Alaska’s official sport - we will meet the canine athletes of Dallas's professional racing team at the kennel for a dog sledding tour! There will be a gear demonstration, Q&A with a genuine dog musher, a meet & greet with Iditarod racing dogs, and a chance to ride the runners of a dog sled behind the best team in Alaska! You will learn what it takes to train a team and compete in the "Last Great Race" from a professional racing kennel! Also included in this day tour is a visit to the Iditarod Headquarters where you can look through their museum and visit their gift shop.

Today Includes: Dallas Seavey Racing Iditarod Dog Sledding Program, Iditarod Headquarters, Overnight Anchorage (B, L)

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Today is the start of the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! You will be on your own to walk around downtown today to witness the ceremonial start on 4th Avenue. Marvel at the organized chaos, participate in the Running with the Reindeer or take the shuttle out to the Alaska Native Heritage Center (following the race) to enjoy their annual dancing and drumming demonstration. Stop by our office for hot chocolate and some authentic Alaskan hospitality!

Today Includes: Ceremonial Start of the 2021 Iditarod, Overnight Anchorage (B)

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Now the real competition begins... Head north with Salmon Berry Tours today to the Official Start of the 2021 Iditarod! Your guides will serve fresh baked scones and hot chocolate on the way, telling stories of the race, information/details about the race rules and giving you Alaskan insight into the Last Great Race, a race of both survival and strategy. Once you arrive at Willow Lake, visit the Salmon Berry Tours tent for good company, hot food served all day, race information and friendly faces. Our private tents are there just for our group - warm up with some hula hooping or ask a guide to take you out snowshoes to get a look further down the race trail. Once all the mushers have gotten on their way, we head back into Anchorage after an exciting day on Willow Lake.

Today Includes: Official Start of the 2021 Iditarod at Willow Lake, Overnight Anchorage (B, 2nd B, L)

Monday, March 8, 2021

Rainy Pass Lodge is an official Iditarod Checkpoint! Enjoy the amazing bush plane flight north from Anchorage, with a great view of the city before leaving it behind for pure wilderness. Fly over mountains, valleys, distant glaciers, and the Iditarod Trail itself on your way to land on the lake. The ski plane will land you right in front of the lodge, where you will immediately see the Iditarod volunteers in action. Spend the morning watching and learning, as mushers come through the checkpoint, booty their dogs, get vet checks, sign autographs, and move on down the trail! Today is hosted by a Salmon Berry Tours guide who will set up "camp" with hot drinks, snacks and a couple camp chairs on hand for those who need to get off their feet.

Today Includes: 2021 Iditarod Checkpoint visit by Ski Plane, Overnight Anchorage. (B, L)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

This morning, check out of your Anchorage accommodations and join us for an adventure north to the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks! Included in your day tour is a box lunch to enjoy en route - we will make a stop in Denali and stretch our legs (and minds) at the Denali Visitors Center. This scenic drive will pass by unique towns like Wasilla, Willow and Denali. Following the rail route, your local guide will point out interesting areas and share knowledge of the Iditarod! By the time we reach Fairbanks, you will know the ins and outs of the race and hopefully be able to pick a musher to cheer on! We will have dinner in Fairbanks before checking into our accommodations.

Today Includes: Scenic Drive to Fairbanks, Denali National Park photo stop & Murie Science & Learning Center Visit, Welcome to the Golden Heart City Private Dinner, Overnight Fairbanks (B, L, D)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

This evening enjoy the 2021 BP World Championship Ice Art on display at Ice Park. Your local guide in Fairbanks will pick you up from your hotel to bring you out to the Ice Park to enjoy an ice carving demonstration, a tour through the ice carvings, time on your own at the Ice Park, and complimentary warm beverages from your local guide. We go to the ice park in the evening so we can enjoy the beauty of the park with colorful lights accenting the details of the ice the artist worked tirelessly to create. The activities continue this evening as you set out with your local Fairbanks guide to a remote Aurora viewing location to marvel at the beauty of the aurora borealis. The northern lights can be seen from the coziness of the indoors or step outside to search for the aurora to photograph!

Today Includes: Evening Tour to the 2021 BP World Championships of Ice Art, Aurora Viewing Tour, Overnight Fairbanks (B)

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Sleep in late today because it will be another late night of aurora viewing with a visit to the Chena Hot Springs Resort! Once at Chena Hot Springs, you will take a tour of the ice hotel and have time for a swim/soak in the rock pool before we travel to a local lodge for dinner. Following our stay at Chena Hot Springs, go out in search for the aurora borealis at an alternative aurora viewing lodge with great views of the Alaska night sky! For a hot soak, don't forget your swimsuit, towel, and sandals!

Today Includes: Chena Hot Springs Aurora Tour, Ice Hotel Tour, Dinner, Evening Aurora Viewing, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)

Friday, March 12, 2021

This morning you will begin your journey with the iconic Alaska Railroad traveling south. Pass through unique rail towns like Denali, Wasilla, Willow, and Talkeetna until you reach Anchorage. This rail tour is a full day, and an absolutely beautiful way to spend the day! A dining car is available to enjoy meals, lunch & dinner vouchers will be provided by your local guide. Along the route there will be a rail guide on board pointing out interesting features of the towns and landscape. Keep an eye out for moose, caribou, eagles and other animals that have been seen along the tracks! Once you arrive in Anchorage, your local guide will bring you to your hotel in Anchorage for your last night in town.

Today Includes: Aurora Winter Train from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Overnight Anchorage (B, L, D)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Farewell from Alaska today! Take the hotel courtesy shuttle to the Anchorage International Airport in time for your departure flight home. Thank you for visiting the Last Frontier with us at Salmon Berry Tours - we hope you enjoyed the 2021 Iditarod and the Interior of Alaska!

Today Includes: Hotel Shuttle to the Airport (B)

2021 Iditarod Aurora with Checkpoint Flight - Pricing -

  • $3896 per person based on double occupancy

2021 Iditarod Aurora WITHOUT Checkpoint Flight - Pricing -

  • $3201 per person based on double occupancy

So what's not included?? Your commercial flights into or out of Anchorage International Airport (ANC), the meals not listed as included and any add on pre/post nights in Anchorage

A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process.Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel.Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail).Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel.No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.  IDITAROD ITINERARIES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. PLEASE PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR ALL PORTIONS OF YOUR TRIP.  Please note: If the Rainy Pass Checkpoint flight is weathered or cancelled due to conditions, the flight office does not issue a refund. This would be covered with your travel insurance. 

What happens if the race start changes to Fairbanks?? We are fully prepared and experienced with this change! We have this covered. We are more than prepared to adjust this itinerary to include a Fairbanks Start option. The checkpoint location will adjust based on the new trail so guests with a checkpoint visit will still get this remote experience. This has happened twice in recent history - 2015 & 2017!  This year we added a night to account for the potential change so guests are still able to experience the iconic Alaska Railroad.

Salmon Berry Travel & Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry guest is instructive:

Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately. 

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