By Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2011
Dog sledding and aurora borealis
Look up on AdventureSmith's nine-day "Iditarod and Northern Lights Tour" and you're likely to see the aurora borealis. Look down, and you'll see dog sleds. Glimpse the atmospheric phenomenon from a mountaintop, and then to Anchorage to see the dogs and mushers take off. Also included is the Iditarod's Musher's Banquet, snowmobiling, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and stops at an ice-sculpture park and at natural hot springs.
Itinerary: Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs Resort to Anchorage
Dates: Feb. 27-March 8. (A more limited version of this tour is available through April 30.)
Price: Starting at $2,699 (plus $98 tax), including lodging, daily breakfast, two dinners, the services of an guide, private transfers, intra-Alaska airfare and admission to events and lectures.
Info: AdventureSmith Explorations, Tahoe City, Calif.; (800) 728-2875, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com