Iditarod Day Tour
Prepare for a Great Trip!
Prepare for a Great trip! We think that the best way to enjoy the flight is to think of questions for your pilot. The Rust's pilots know a lot about Alaska and the area they fly over. The microphones are voice activated and work when they are almost touching your lips. You will get a more personalized tour if you ask questions!
You will be in a plane for about three hours total so we recommend using the toilet before the tour. Rust's toilets located in the hanger building, the red doors across from the office.
Remember to charge your camera batteries and ensure that you have enough video. We do have tips on taking photos from planes in the FAQ section. It's best to dress in layers; the planes are heated and can get quite warm from solar heat in the summer. Flat heeled, sturdy shows are best since you will be climbing in and out of a plane. Strap cameras and valuables to yourself before getting in and out of planes. Pilots don't dive for items dropped in the lake. Rust's makes a stop on the tour. It's fun and helps to stretch your legs on this extended plane ride. The pilot picks the stop based on time of year, weather and scenic possibilities. It's ok to bring a non messy, non smelly snack with you. It's also optional to tip the pilot.
Cost $695 plus 3% transportation fee.
Duration: 7-8 hours
Iditarod Chase the Race Day Tour
It is truly a race like no other, and it all begins with the Anchorage ceremonial start the first Saturday in March. The following day, mushers and their dog teams depart the Mat-Su Valley on their 1,150-mile quest to Nome, Alaska, through some of Alaska's most rough and wild terrain.
Join Rust’s Flying Service in 2015 to “Chase the Race” up the Iditarod Trail to the 7th checkpoint at Rainy Pass Lodge. We'll depart Anchorage, Monday, March 9, following the Willow re-start and pick up the trail near the Skwentna checkpoint and follow it as it climbs to Finger Lake, then up the Happy River Steps to the Rainy Pass Check Point at Puntilla Lake.
View the spectacular and rugged scenery and spot teams making their way up the trail to the checkpoint. This unique look at the race will put you in the middle of the action as mushers and their teams arrive and prepare to cross the Alaska Range through Rainy Pass then exit down through the treacherous Dalzell Gorge. Ample time is allotted to take in the sights and enjoy a home style meal at Rainy Pass Lodge.Though not running in the race, you will have to endure the elements during your stay on the ground, making appropriate winter gear a requirement.
Dress warmly and in multiple layers; hat and gloves, jacket and warm boots suitable for standing outside in freezing temperatures.
Departing the checkpoint at around 4:00pm, we will head back to Anchorage, once again enjoying from above the view of the Iditarod Trail and what has been called “The Last Great Race on Earth.”
Leaving Anchorage approximately 10:00am and returning to Anchorage approximately 5-6pm.
Your Iditarod Trail Flightseeing Tour includes:
- The best seat in the house! All passengers get a window seat and 2-way headset
- Animal viewing: dog teams and moose
- In-depth knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
- Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
Contact us today at 800-544-2299 or email us to reserve this tour.