Day 15: Tour de Lofoten

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Our random, very interesting and unique hostel host offered us to rent a car for the day and we decided to go for it. The price was right, the legs did not mind some rest and we were all keen to check out the area some more.

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Icefields Parkway

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The drive from Jasper to Banff, through the Canadian Rockies, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. According to the Icefields Parkway’s own website: “This is more that just traveling a mountain road; it’s a journey of the self and a celebration of protected wilderness grandeur.” I guess I can agree with that!

1. A Map

We stopped a number of times along the way. The first stop was at The Hike of Five Lakes. It is an fun, easy hike that goes by five different lakes all with different colors, beautiful. In the parking lot, we met a German couple who had just bought their vehicle and were on their way South. South as in South America! We exchanged stories and advice and gave them our Spanish textbook, some left over Costa Rican money and wished them a fantastic journey!

1. Hike of Five Lakes

2. Five Lakes

3. Trail

Not many people were on the road, so we mostly had it to ourselves. Beautiful, grand, spectacular – What more can one say!?

4. Icefield Parkway

5. Road

6. Honey Tanning

7. Mountains

8. Icy Lake

9. Taking it in

Summer Arrived in British Columbia

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The ferry arrived at Prince Rupert just after 1 am Saturday morning. We were asleep as the ferry reached the dock, but somehow woke up and were the last car off the boat. The Canadian border crossing was right as we were on dry land. Only a few minutes later, we were back in Canada! What a whirlwind of a trip to Alaska! Continue reading

Marathon Drive to Haines and an Alaskan Ferry “Cruise”

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“Let’s catch that ferry!”

We had decided that we wanted to make it to Haines in order see the inside passage of Alaska from a boat. The ferries only leave once a week. That meant one serious day of driving. We are talking about 1250 km of driving in one long day. As always, we were keen and optimistic! Continue reading

End of the Road – To Seward!

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The Seward Highway took us to Seward, the end of the road on the Kenai Peninsula. Seward is a major fishing town bringing in up to 70 million dollars worth of fish a year. That is a lot of fish! It is located at the end of Resurrection Bay, where the surroundings are absolutely stunning. The sea and the mountains join forces for an unbeatable combination! For this reason, the town is also a major tourist hub. People often come with cruise ships in the summer and there are boat trips offered to the fjords and glaciers in the area. This is where Captain B-Rent comes in. Continue reading

A Couple Great Stops on the Alaskan Highway

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The Alaskan Highway is beautiful, but also very long. Therefore, it is great that there is plenty to see and a couple great stops along the road. The Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park in Northern British Columbia is fantastic and is a must-stop (especially for the van campers who have not showered in a few days)!

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