All Things Arctic

This week you can take in any number of activities surrounding what goes on in the north land.  Specifically, today hghlights local native artisans and businesses that specialize in serving people in the arctic. Visit the downtown Doyon building for the native arts, or stop by the food court for a taste of Alaskan food.  In addition, you’ll find business available for Arctic related services and products.



International Ice Carving Competition at the Ice Park

The Ice Park displays are fabulous and you still have time to view them!  As long as the weather holds (read:  if it doesn’t get too warm), the park will remain open until March 31th.   Daily hours are 10 am to 10 pm. Be sure to dress warm and visit both day and night, as the lighting makes the sculptures look beautiful both ways.xccLocated just off the Johansen Expressway, be sure you don’t miss this amazing display of ice art.

Ice carving in single block

Ice carving

Yukon Quest

sled dog

Dog ready to run

And they’re off! Join the fun and follow along (you can view in real time at Saturday for the start of the race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse.

Named for the Yukon river that was the path for gold prospectors, and other travelers north for adventure, this race covers vast stretches of wilderness, and is tracked by many sectors of society:  school children, journalists, dog lovers and others simply enchanted by the sheer endurance to accomplish the feat of the 1000 mile race.

Twenty three brave individuals will begin their trek over icy rivers, mountains, and rugged terrain, and continue for anywhere from 10-16 days to complete the course.