Nome is situated on the Bering Sea coastline, 140 miles south of the Arctic Circle. This historic town started as a ‘wild west’ tent city during the gold rush and still retains some of that atmosphere today. Around the world Nome is famous as the finish line for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the epic 1,000-mile winter race across Alaska from Anchorage. The surrounding countryside called the Seward Peninsula is a beautiful sub-arctic region of mountains, tundra and remote valleys. Visitors to Nome experience the thrill of exploring one of Alaska’s most unique frontier towns, where gold prospectors can still be seen working sluice boxes on Nome’s beaches. Birders will find the region rich in rare and unusual species, outdoor enthusiasts will love the nature and freedom, and animal lovers may see musk ox (a species left over from pre-historic times), moose, and caribou.