Known for glaciers of epic proportions, insane mountain ranges that genuinely make you feel like you’re on the way to Mordor, some of the most extreme weather conditions known to man, unrepressed wildlife, the northern lights and pure uninhibited beauty, Alaska is one of the most rugged, wild and adventurous places on earth. It spans over approximately 663,268 square miles (1,717,856 km), putting this into context, Alaska is larger than all but 18 sovereign countries. You could fit the next three largest states of the USA (California, Montana and Texas) into its vastness with room to spare. In other words it’s absolutely GARGANTUAN. For its size it remains one of the most uninhabited places on earth, only 710,249 people reside in Alaska; that’s roughly one person per square mile. Now, take the UK, there are 66 million people who live on our little island meaning there’s over 700 people in a square mile! Basically Alaska is big and empty.
This is what makes it one of the most special places I’ve ever visited, it’s a place of extremes. Extreme mountains, extreme glaciers, extreme roads, extreme wilderness, extreme cold… the list goes on… in that extremeness lies real, unadulterated beauty; it’s a sharp, jagged, looks really cold, will make your eyes hurt kind of beauty but beauty nonetheless and it’s a beauty that’s so different from anywhere else. Alaska seeps into your pores, you can’t help but be intoxicated by it. It’s solitary and almost lonely but incredibly warm at the same time. The people who live there are passionate, and proud to be Alaskan, many of them moving from different states never to return. They are genuine people, they are people who understand what it means to live a full days journey, and in some cases more, away from the next settlement. Alaska truly is ‘The Last Frontier’, it’s adventure in its truest form, it’s one of the last places on Earth where wildlife and land far outnumber and outweigh humans. This is why you should visit Alaska, and this is why you will love Alaska; it pushes you and demands respect but ultimately it will make you proud of yourself, proud that you’ve ridden in one of our planet’s last wildernesses.
Magellan have just finished the recce and the dates for the tour will be launched any minute. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the things you can look forward to experiencing on our new and exciting motorcycle journey!