The sourdough starter that Lene uses to make her fabulous sourdough waffles is more than a hundred years old- and she has had hers for over two decades, storing it in a pretty ceramic pot that she with her from Norway.
Lene's cozy home is filled with beautiful things from her life in Norway and in Yukon territory as well as her travels all over. There is the child's game made from a sheep bone that she saw slaughtered in front of her and a necklace made from a pink stone which is cut locally and polished in China. Each fall, she fills her freezer with ziplock bags filled with ground cranberries (not to be confused with high cranberries) which she makes into a tart, delicious jam served every morning with breakfast.
While her home is several miles outside the city center of Whitehorse, you probably don't want to stay in the city center, anyway. Its a fairly dirty, industrial town, from what I saw, and the best parts of your trip to the North will be found outside of the crowded, bustling streets of Whitehorse. If you have a car, Lene's home will be a perfect place for you. If you don't, the bus stop is only a block away from her home. The bus to town runs about every 1.5 hours, less on Saturdays, and not at all on Sundays. If you want to get around on Sunday, you can walk over to the little grocery store/gas station, about a mile away (and a pleasant walk, as long as you're all bundled up)
Lene's house faces the river with a gorgeous spa on the back porch from which you can watch the Northern Lights, if you should be lucky enough to catch them. The top room, which also boasts a porch from which you can watch the night sky, is definately the nicest room. It has a spa tub which is big enough to be difficult to clamber into! The other room is down in a daylight basement, with windows high on the wall. It can be a bit chilly, so you'll want to bring your long johns when you're not lounging in front of the wood fireplace in Lene's living room.
The rooms feature big, plump pillows, soft linens, and plenty of blankets. Its a very comfortable place to come home to after a cold day in the field, and there's always hot tea or coffee to warm you up.
Lene has a great collection of books on the Yukon and a wide array of interests. She has operated this b&b for some time (I think nearly as long as she's lived in the Yukon, 37 years) and will happily spend the evening chatting with you or recommend a few good books to curl up with. Ask her about her upcoming x-c ski race in which she and her daughter are competing! Highly recommended- I know I'll be back again.
- Also Known As:
- A Scandia House Bed & Breakfast Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada