Parts of Northern Canada and Alaska are some of the last few, truly untouched corners of the world. Snow covered peaks, icy glaciers and huge swathes of pine forests cut through by some spectacular roads are a calling card for explorers who are looking for an unforgettable experience. It comes as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz and the American outdoor equipment supplier The North Face chose this part of the world for a spectacular content creation tour together with German Roamers, a photographer’s collective responsible for creating some incredible visuals with the Mercedes Benz G Class.
The trip took three German Roamers photographers, Johannes Höhn, Lennart Pagel and Hannes Becker, along with professional filmmaker Mathias von Gostomski, on a 3000-kilometre journey in two Mercedes Benz G Class cars, a legend among off-road vehicles. Over the course of thirteen days, the route saw them taking the Alaska Highway from Whitehorse in Canada, along the Top of the World Highway and northward to Dawson. From there, they headed to Alaska and through the Denali National Park on to Anchorage.
During the month of June in Canada, the golden hour for photography (the time just after sunrise and just before sunset) lasts up to six times longer. Add to this the constantly changing cloud formations meant for some breath-taking shots of rugged mountain vistas, dense forests and mirror-smooth lakes. Another spectacular photo opportunity was the flight over Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak in the Yukon range. The peak stands in the middle of the Kluane Icefield where a small propeller-driven plane helped the photographers to capture the sheer vastness and inaccessibility of the location.
Driving down the Alaskan Highway, the German roamers were joined by Hansjörg Auer. The Alpinist from Tyrol, Austria who took them on a voyage of discovery which is to be seen to be believed. A 25-kilometer boat ride in an inflatable dinghy followed by a 3-hour trek across fields of ice, through streams and jagged rocks got them to an ice cave beneath masses of brown stone. A surreal pale blue light engulfed the cave. The light dancing off the smooth walls made sure the freezing temperatures were the last thing on the photographer’s minds.
Scroll down for a look at some of the amazing pictures and a video chronicling this once in a lifetime adventure.
Photos via Mercedes Benz