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  • Day13

    Wilderness Express to Denali

    August 25, 2017 in the United States

    We have boarded the Wilderness Express in Fairbanks bound this morning for Denali. This is a luxury train and we have a whole carriage to ourselves- a glass domed upper deck with bar and a dining car downstairs. Our carriage is the last so we have access to the back deck.

    Breakfast in the dining car is silver service as we travel through the taiga (little forest).We come to Nenana where 2 rivers meet; one flowing N-S and the other E-W. There are barges on the river and they supply the bush villages.

    We see Denali (Mt McKinley) from the distance. The highest mountain in North America, it is really clear. This is unusual as it is normally shrouded in cloud. It's more than 20,000 feet high.

    The train continues onwards the mountains past a coal mining area where there are visible scars on the landscape.
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  • Day6

    Angekommen in Fairbanks

    August 20, 2017 in the United States

    Nach 14h Zugfahrt, drei Mahlzeiten und einigen leckeren 'adult Beverages' sind wir in Fairbanks angekommen. Zwischenzeitlich hatte der Zug gestoppt, da Kinder, welche auf einer Eisenbahnbrücke waren, vermisst wurden, inkl. Suchaktion mit Helikopter. Hier ist es recht schön, jeder hat sein eigenes kleines Haus. Morgen holen wir den Mietwagen und erkunden die Wildnis. So long...

  • Day39

    Fairbanks, Alaska

    July 6, 2017 in the United States

    Fairbanks is a very spread out city and quite flat, after arriving at Sven's Basecamp hostel it became apparent that we would need a car. We spent a week here in total and meet some great people. Tom and Ulli both from Germany became the heart and soul of the place and excelled in creating a camaraderie among all the guests. We all had dinners together and even got into a volleyball match. The 24hr daylight led to some late evenings with plenty of beer! Tom and Ulli let us ride along with them to do the Angel Rocks hike and also the Chena hot springs which was around 60c, Very HOT (esp on the hottest day so far) ! On one day it was so hot we had to go into the ice museum and ride the sled on ice. I have to reiterate that if anyone goes to Fairbanks then a stay a Sven's Basecamp is a must, this hostel truly is the most friendly, amazing place we've ever been to. A real family feel. Plus, they had sled dog puppies, if you needed another reason to go...Read more

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