After being inspired by the Iditarod mushers, maybe you'd like to take a sled dog ride of your own. There are opportunities to do just that in Nome, inquire at the Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau or visit www.chrystieshuskies.com.
Fly to Russia
Time: Flights Scheduled on a Charter Basis
Price: $300/Seat Fares (One Way), $4,100-$6,400/Full Plane Charter (One Way)
Location: City of Nome
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Fly to Russia
Nome is approximately 160 miles from Russia. In June 1988 the border between the countries was opened after being closed for 40 years during the Cold War.
Since 1988, thousands of Americans and Russians have traveled the one hour flight to Nome's sister city in Provideniya. En route, passengers cross the international dateline, literally flying into tomorrow!
Important Information: Arrangements must be made at least 1-2 months in advance to allow time to secure the required travel documents. For required documentation, contact Circumpolar Expeditions at 888-567-7165 or e-mail email@example.com. Flights may be chartered or passengers may buy a vacant seat on an existing flight.
Gold Panning in Nome
Pick up a pan at one of the local stores and hit the beach. Gold panning is allowed on a two-mile stretch east of Nome, between town and the Fort Davis Roadhouse. If you want to do it as part of a tour, contact the Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Time: 9/1-4/30 Tuesday-Friday 12:00pm-5:30pm, 5/1-8/31 Monday-Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm
Price: Free Admission
Location: Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum
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In Millennial Faces, talented Nome photographer George Sabo blends the people of the Bering Strait region with exquisite landscape images of the Seward Peninsula. This constantly evolving exhibit is extremely popular among the locals.
Notes: Free Entry
Nome Day Tour
Nome's colorful 100-year history is presented within a framework of thousands of years of Eskimo culture and history in this 5 1/2 hour tour. Richard will drive in a town loop, including a visit with an Eskimo ivory carver. Included in the tour is a trip outside of town to view wildlife and to take a "tundra walk," during which Richard will identify tundra flora and discuss the diversity and beauty of this fascinating ecosystem. You will also pan for gold on the beaches of Nome next to the modern day beach miners that visit Nome each year to see their "bonanza"!
Teller Day Tour
Teller is the only village connected to Nome by road. Leave Nome in the morning and wend your way the seventy miles to Teller. You will pass through some of the most beautiful land on the Seward Peninsula. Impressive vistas and hopefully lots of animals will be available to view (moose, reindeer, fox and muskox). Birds are always present in the Nome region.
Stop at a beautiful tundra covered glacial moraine overlooking the Bering Sea and perhaps view King Island forty miles out. Closer to Teller stop for a photo opportunity across from the Gold Run Dredge. A wooden gold mining dredge now quiet for seventy years. It was adjacent to this area that 41 ounce gold nugget was found by a local miner in 2003.
The village of Teller is located in a spectacular naturally formed harbor where during the whaling boom sailing ships found shelter from notorious Bering Sea storms. Teller is a tiny village with a population of 275 people. Most people live in a subsistence life style though there are two small stores. The stores sell basic grocery needs and have some native crafts. Take the opportunity to walk around the village and view life just a few miles below the Arctic Circle.
While in Teller, visit the home of Sarah and Norber Kakaruk. Sara and Norbert are Inupiaq Eskimos born in Mary's Igloo, sixty miles inland from Teller. Have coffee with them as they talk about their life in Teller and show you videos of their camp up river in Mary's Igloo.
Tour to last seven or eight hours.
Box lunch provided.
Return to Nome between 5:00pm and 5:30pm
Train to Nowhere, Safety Roadhouse and Safety Sound
About 40 miles east of Nome are the "Trains to Nowhere," three steam locomotives from the early part of the last century frozen in time. The relics of an industrial idea that failed to take into account the fury nature can unleash in this part of the world. The trains sit in the spectacular back round of Safety Sound, a 30-mile stretch of tidal wetlands home to many migrating birds and nesting area for Tundra Swans.
Stop at the remains of ancient Eskimo mound dwellings that existed where many modern day Eskimo people have their camps today. Safety Roadhouse, the last official checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail, is a good stop to visit. The Roadhouse includes a bar and restrooms to refresh all.