Kodiak is the main port and city on Kodiak Island, located within the vast US state of Alaska, which was originally inhabited by the native Alutiiq people for more than 7000 years. The port’s astonishingly beautiful natural landscape and isolated ambience spawns a unique character and charm found in very few places across the world. Due to the city’s location upon an isolated island territory, it is only accessible by air and sea, which makes it an ideal cruise destination for the intrepid traveller. Most people who visit Kodiak Island are attracted by the area’s various exciting and adventurous outdoor pursuits, which include fishing, hunting, climbing and hiking alongside those who come to observe the islands diverse and distinctive wildlife including the rare Kodiak bear, elk, Sitka deer, sea otters and mountain goats. Whatever the reason for visiting, travellers will leave the region with unforgettable memories of this tremendous but unforgiving part of the world.
Sightseeing in Kodiak
Kodiak is one of the world’s most beautiful environments and, although it is very sparsely populated, there are plenty of activities to pursue and sights to see across the region.
Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository
The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository works to preserve the 7000 year history of the region’s native people. The museum contains the largest and most diverse collection of Atuliiq artefacts in Alaska, including an ancient hat made from roots of a spruce tree and a waterproof jacket fashioned from seal guts.
Kodiak Island is home to an incredible variety of unique wildlife. Which animals will be in the area at one time depends entirely on the time of year. The region’s most famous creatures are the native Kodiak and brown bears but there is also a plethora of other species that call Kodiak Island their home. Lucky visitors may get the chance to observe majestic creatures including whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins and porpoises at sea, whilst on land observable wildlife may include chickadees, woodpeckers, mountain goats, elks, foxes, hares and weasels, all flourishing in their natural habitat.
A large number of adventurous outdoor activities are available all over Kodiak Island. Thrilling pursuits on offer include hiking, biking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, fishing, hunting and bird watching. Local guides are available across the region, to offer help and assistance to visitors who wish to participate in these exciting past-times but need support to get started.
Shopping in Kodiak
The many independently owned shops and stores situated within Kodiak are great places to pick up authentic Alaskan souvenirs and gifts for friends and family. Various galleries are also open, selling original pieces of artwork from local artists. Energetic travellers can also buy or rent the equipment needed for a range of outdoor activities.
Eating Out in Kodiak
Freshly caught seafood is available in most of the cafes and restaurants distributed across Kodiak. Delicious salmon, halibut, cod and king crab dishes can be found at the majority of eateries alongside other more familiar meals such as burgers and pizza.