Mud. Canoes. New friends. An Alaskan-style standoff. Feasts of salmon roe and bear’s heart. See all this and more in Jukonas Skartie (“Touched by Yukon”), a nearly 3-hour film by Sandris Jūra and a team of Latvian adventurers who ran the full length Yukon River in 2002 and 2008.

Here’s a trailer from this film that shows one of North America’s great rivers from the wide-eyed perspective of five European paddlers. Jukonas Skartie is available in English on DVD.

Read more about these lovable Latvians and their extraordinary adventure at

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