Join us on this very special Iditarod 2018 Adventure

Iditarod 2018 awaits! Image courtesy Ronn Murray Photography

by Erin Kirkland

Anyone who follows AKontheGO knows our business mantra: 

Kids who visit Alaska today may well grow up to become the stewards of Alaska tomorrow. 

It is a part of our core mission to provide information and ideas for activities, winter, spring, summer, or fall that will engage kids and help them become those future stewards. And now, with the help of Anchorage tour operator Salmon Berry Tours, a longtime dream of providing hands-on, intensive, but VERY fun adventures will begin in March with the Iditarod 2018 Ultimate Family Field Trip

AKontheGO is Alaska’s only family travel resource, offering nearly 10 years (can you believe it?) of family-friendly tips, tricks, and destinations that appeal to kids of any age or stage. Some of you may remember my stint with Un-Cruise Adventures during a delightful few summers as “Kid Wrangler.” It was a winner. 

Now, Salmon Berry Tours and AKontheGO are creating a similar style of tour package led by yours truly, to immerse families in 10 days of incredible wintertime opportunity centered around Iditarod 2018. From jumping in to Iditarod activities to up-close mushing experiences with true Alaska mushers to hanging out with the only canine ranger force in the National Park Service, we’ll be winging our way between Anchorage and Fairbanks in a most incredible way. 

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Here’s the media release from Salmon Berry Tours: 

“Anchorage, Alaska: The perfect family vacation is a multigenerational trip that everyone can enjoy! We know planning family vacations is time consuming and the internet is overloaded with information. What you’re looking for is high quality, genuine, and reliable option! That’s why Salmon Berry Travel & Tours , Alaska’s premier “ family-friendly guide ” company and AK on the Go , “A laska’s only family travel resource ,” have partnered together to offer our 2018 Iditarod: Ultimate Family Field Trip !

Traveling to the Last Frontier with your loved ones allows you to embark on an incomparable Iditarod outing, leaving lasting memories that you and your family will reminisce over for years to come! The Ultimate Family Iditarod Field Trip is an educational winter vacation that will immerse your family in Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes while learning local Alaskan culture. Our ten day family adventure follows portions of the historic Iditarod Trail between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park & Preserve along the way. This trip of a lifetime is complete with fun for the whole family and tons of active learning! Join Alaska’s family travel experts and fellow family travelers for an unforgettable experience as we journey together during Iditarod 2018.”

Join other families along the Campbell Airstrip for Iditarod Ceremonial Start 2018’s “Trailgate” celebration. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO


4 Anchorage Hotel Nights
2 Talkeetna Roadhouse Nights
2 Denali National Park & Preserve Dome Nights
1 Fairbanks Lodge Night
Welcome to Anchorage Dinner
Educational Sessions (Adults Welcome)
Winter Hike on the Historic Iditarod Trail
2018 Iditarod Musher Banquet
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Festival
Musher Meet & Greet with Mitch Seavey & Jeff King Ceremonial Start on 4th Avenue “Trailgate”
Official Start of the Iditarod at Willow Lake
Dog Sledding with Dallas Seavey Racing
Brewery Tour (Adults Only)
Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Train
Murie Science and Learning Center
Wintertime Trek with a Park Service Ranger
National Park Service Sled Dog Team
2018 BP World Ice Art Championships at Ice Alaska Park Aurora Viewing
Farewell Award Ceremony Dinner


Family of 3 (2 Adults, 1 Child) – $3,403 per person, based on triple occupancy Family of 4 (Adults, 2 Children) – $3,273 per person, based on quad occupancy Additional child: $2,883 each
**family rates include all sales tax, fees, most meals

**family rates do not include airfare into Anchorage or out of the Fairbanks

Salmon Berry Tours:, 907-278-3572. 

Iditarod Start! Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

If ever you’ve planned a trip to Alaska during the winter months, now is the time. There is no tour like this tour, with a 100% kid-centric focus. Ultimate? Yeah, it is. And I hope to meet your family here in February!


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