Iditarod and Northern Lights

9 Days from Fairbanks

Depart February 23, 2025
From $2699 per person + $169 taxes and fees per person

This vacation features all the best that Alaska has to offer in the winter. You witness firsthand the start of the last great race, view the northern lights from the comfort of natural hot springs, and watch artisans craft beautiful sculptures out of massive blocks of ice. All of this while having the services of a full-time Knightly Tours escort.


  • Escorted; Tour Director and Baggage Handling
  • Maximum 24 Guests
  • 1st Class Accommodations
  • All Admissions, Lectures
  • Northern Light Viewing
  • Iditarod Race
  • 11 Meals; 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Day 1 – Arrive Fairbanks

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and meet your escort.

Day 2 – Tour and transfer to Chena Hot Springs Resort

This morning begins with a Welcome Breakfast, where you will meet your fellow travelers. After breakfast this morning your driver will introduce you to the “Golden Heart City” as you tour to Chena Hot Springs Resort. As you head north a stop will be made at the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

You then travel the picturesque Chena Hot Springs Road, following the Chena River for most of the 60 scenic miles to the historic Chena Hot Springs Resort, the most accessible and developed hot spring resort in Alaska’s Interior.

To enjoy nature and see the Aurora Borealis up close, an Aurora Viewing Snow Coach Tour is included with your vacation package. This late-night trip departs the Chena Activity Center and takes you to the top of a hill to a heated Mongolian Yurt tent and views of the amazing Northern Lights, the natural light displays in the sky.

This will be your home for two nights.

(Breakfast is included)

Day 3 – Full day at the resort

The area is noted as one of the best areas in North America to view the northern lights. In addition to the Aurora Viewing Tour, your stay will include unlimited use of the natural hot springs pools both indoor and outdoor and will include a visit to the Ice Museum.

You may also partake in many other optional activities that you and your escort will be able to schedule.

(Breakfast is included)

Day 4 – Return to Fairbanks

After breakfast this morning you have time to enjoy some optional activities or the beautiful hot springs. At midday you will tour back to Fairbanks stopping at the world class Ice Park, home to some magnificent sculptures created from a single block of ice.

(Breakfast included)

Day 5 – Fly to Anchorage, City Tour and Mushers’ Banquet

This morning transfer to airport for a short flight to Anchorage. On arrival enjoy a short tour of the city of Anchorage showing all the highlights of the downtown area. Check into the Anchorage Hilton, which will be your home for four nights.

This evening you will attend the Musher’s Banquet. The Iditarod Musher’s Banquet is the first major celebration of this great race. Meet all the Iditarod dog musher’s and more. During the fun filled evening, you will enjoy the camaraderie and good times before the mushers head out on the grueling 1,100-mile journey to Nome. Return transfer will be arranged by your escort.

(Breakfast and dinner included today)

Day 6 – Local Sightseeing

Today you focus on learning about the ‘Anchorage. After breakfast you begin a tour of the Anchorage area. You travel the Seward Highway, designated by Congress as a “Scenic Byway”. Beautiful mountains and views of Turnagain Arm surround you. We stop at Alyeska Resort, to ride the Tram to the top of mountain. We get back to Anchorage where you have free night.

(Breakfast included today)

Day 7 – Ceremonial Race Start and leisure time

After breakfast at your leisure, you head to 4th Avenue for the ceremonial Iditarod Race start, where thousands of fans and worldwide media will assemble to cheer on the musher’s. The main street is blocked off and transformed into a sled dog track. Hundreds of cheering spectators line the street the morning of the race to watch the preparation and start of the Iditarod and you are in the heart of it.

The balance of the day and evening are yours to enjoy Anchorage.

(Breakfast is included)

Day 8 – Official Race start and Farewell Dinner

This morning enjoy some free time after breakfast. You then will depart for the town of Willow. Today the race to Nome begins for real, with the official re-start at Willow. Mushers will hookup their dogs and race across more than 1,000 miles of Alaska’s wilderness. You will have a far better, closer look at the teams and mushers.

Upon returning to Anchorage, you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Here you can trade stories with your fellow travelers one last time.

(Breakfast and dinner is included)

Day 9 – Homeward bound

Enjoy breakfast this morning before your transfer to the airport for your homeward bound journey.

(Breakfast is included)


Departure Dates Double 3rd/4th Single
February 23, 2025 $2,699 $1,999 $3,599
Taxes $169 $195 $329


* Prices are per person based on the occupancy shown.
* 3rd and 4th person rates are based on sharing with two full-fare guests.
* All prices are in U.S. dollars.* Unless otherwise indicated, all rates shown are per person in U.S. Dollars, sharing double occupancy. All rates are subject to change. Unless otherwise indicated all tours are available for daily departure during the effective date range. We offer and strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation. Click Here for details and to purchase.
Iditarod and Northern Lights

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Fairbanks, AK: 64.837800, -147.717000
Chena Hot Springs Resort: 65.053100, -146.056000
Anchorage, AK: 61.216300, -149.895000
Posted in Anchorage, Escorted, Fairbanks, Winter Vacations.