Photographer Alex Strohl shares some shots from his most recent trip to The Last Frontier.
Alaska is one of those places that top many bucket lists — but it’s not the easiest place to get to, despite being part of the United States. The extreme weather makes planning a trip a very precise process, and getting to the most stunning spots of the state takes a lot of planning. But Alex Strohl, adventure photographer extraordinaire and one of the T+L Social Ambassadors, shared some photos from a recent trip to The Last Frontier.
Strohl had been to Alaska two times before, but during the wintertime. This time, he brought along his wife Andrea Dabene, a friend, and a filmmaker to take in the Alaskan countryside during the summer. The entire trip lasted around two months, and they took their sweet time getting to their destination.
“I think what made the vacation memorable was being able to capture the Alaskan and Canadian highway,” Strohl said. “You can travel it in a week, but we took a longer time. You go from Alberta all the way to Alaska, and on this highway where you'll see one bear, one bison, a thousand elks, a wolf, a fox... just in a day on the highway. It was like an Alaskan safari.”
Once they hit true Alaskan territory, there were far less animals to see and much more wilderness. Even in August, the glacier waterfalls flow strong and you can hear the sound of ice cracking from all angles. “We went up to a glacier a couple of times to check it out, “ Strohl said. After days of checking, a helicopter dropped them off on one of the glaciers for a day of exploring. “You're a week away from anything, if you're walking — you'd have to walk through glaciers. We're just sitting on the ice having a little sandwich, and all of sudden underneath us, it's like 'CLUNNNNK' and we feel the whole Earth moving underneath us. It was all ice. That got our minds reeling: what if this collapses? The chopper wasn't going to be back for like six hours.”
All while sharing this story, Strohl is chuckling, further proving past his extreme photography that the spirit for adventure is strong with this one.
Read on to learn more about Strohl’s Alaskan adventure, and find a few new favorite photos (it’s impossible not to). The following photos are arranged in a way that will virtually take you down a trip the Canadian-Alaskan highway and leave you kayaking narrow canyons in one of Alaska's glacial lagoons.