It is that time of year again — the Iditarod Race has begun! For the 3rd time, the famous race started
on the banks of the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. About 70 hopeful mushers and their teams
departed on March 6 for a grueling race through the Alaskan wilderness.
Every year during this time guests flock to Alaska to share in the magic and excitement of dog
mushing. People from all over the world learn about the history of mushing as well as the sport. Races
such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest shine a spotlight on Alaska and it’s winter activities.
A bucket list item for many people is to ride on a sled pulled by a team of athletic dogs or even mush a
team of their very own. 1st Alaska Tours is lucky enough to have our own musher, Sven Haltmann of
Arctic Winter Adventures, who can make this dream a reality for our guests. Sven is a 4 time Iditarod
veteran and has a wealth of knowledge about the sport and care of Alaskan huskies. While he is not
racing this year, he has a full team of dogs who are ready to take on the challenge.