Kodiak Alaska is a Gulf of Alaska Island of approximately 5300 square miles (excluding water), located 25 miles southeast of the Alaska Peninsula and 252 air-miles from the City of Anchorage.
The Aboriginal heritage of the Island belonged for thousands of years to the Alutiiq peoples. It was "discovered" in the mid-1700s, and a Russian colony settled at Three Saints Bay in 1784 led by Grigory Ivanovich Shelekhov.
Today there are six major First Nations groups; the Aleut, Alutiiq, Yup'ik, Inupiaq, Athabaskan, and Northwest Coast Indians. The Kodiak Archipelago, and the surrounding regions of Prince William Sound, the outer Kenai Peninsula, and the Alaska Peninsula are home to the Alutiiq.
Kodiak has a unique combination of raw beauty and magnificent wildlife making it an increasingly popular destination for travellers weary of urban noise and tropical beaches. Three-quarters of its area is national wildlife refuge, the most famous inhabitant being the spectacular Kodiak brown bears.
Besides these famous bears, other wildlife on or around Kodiak Island include humpback whales, orca, grey whales, beluga whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, seals, otters, mountain goats, doll sheep, Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and many other species of birds.
Fine whale-watching can be found on the beaches near Chiniak and Pasagshak (inaccessible by vehicle). Charter boats and kayak outfitters offer whale-watching excursions on which you can also encounter sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals and puffin. The cliffs at Ft. Abercrombie offer a chance to view the colorful puffins, one of 240 species of birds on the island.
recreational activities are plentiful. Some of these include kayaking,
biking, hiking, wilderness adventures, ATV excursions and camping.
events highlight the local culture. The Kodiak Brown Bear Festival, The
Kodiak Whale Festival and the Kodiak Crab Festival are just a sampling.
Also worth noting are The Pilgrimage to St. Herman, The Kodiak Rodeo
and State Fair, and Island Eco Challenge.
in Kodiak Alaska is more moderate than what you might expect for an
Alaskan island, compared to, for instance, Nome. With January high and
low temperatures on both sides of the freezing mark a great variety of
winter activities are more than accessible, weather-wise. These might
include snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, backcountry skiing or ice
eagles and sea lions can be found downtown during the winter looking to
scavenge an easy meal. Aurora borealis can also be seen at various
times during the colder season.
Of course, one of the best ways to take-in the sights and beauty of Kodiak Alaska is to book one of the many excursions available.