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
Type: Air TourVisit Event Web site
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Type: Museum ExhibitVisit Event Web site
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"!
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.