What's on the long chain of islands stretching into the Bering Sea? A dramatic, untamed landscape unlike any other part of Alaska, with soaring green mountains, five million sea birds and an ice-free ocean so abundant with fish that it spawned a hit TV show. The Aleutian Islands are rich with the culture and history of the Aleut people and were the site of the Japanese invasion during WWII. With some advanced planning, you can enjoy an unforgettable visit on the Alaska Marine Highway to these breathtaking islands.
Anchorage to Homer to Kodiak (+)
Anchorage to Homer to Kodiak (-)
From Anchorage, you can fly, take a bus, or drive your own vehicle to Homer (rental cars are also available in Anchorage). It's only a four-and-a-half hour drive, or a forty-five minute flight. If time allows, arrive a day earlier and explore the unique community of Homer, a great place for fishing, kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, and foodie and art aficionados. Board the ferry to begin your marine adventure along the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Chain. Let the gentle motion of the waves rock you into a good night's sleep on this nine-and-a-half hour voyage to Kodiak Island.
Kodiak — Alaska Untamed (+)
Kodiak — Alaska Untamed (-)
You'll arrive on gorgeous Kodiak Island, where you've got over two days for adventure. Fly to a wilderness lodge to see the legendary Kodiak brown bears, book a fishing or whale watching trip, go hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, beach combing, tide pooling, surfing, hunting or visit the backcountry on an ATV. Visit the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to learn about wildlife in the area and the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center to gain a better appreciation of the rich and diverse ecosystem. Be sure to visit Ft Abercrombie State Historical Park and the US Coast Guard base, the largest by area (23,000 acres) in the country.
Ferry Along the Aleutian Chain (+)
Ferry Along the Aleutian Chain (-)
Twice monthly between May and September, the MV Tustumena departs Kodiak headed out to the Aleutian Chain. If you have a vehicle, we suggest you leave it in Kodiak and pick it up on your way back. The route takes about two-and-a-half days from Kodiak to Unalaska, including stops in Chignik, Sand Point, King Cove, False Pass, Cold Bay, and Akutan. Although the stops in these communities are typically short (one to three hours), you will have the opportunity to go ashore, stretch your legs, explore, and get some fresh air.
Dutch Harbor — Undiscovered, Unforgettable, Unalaska (+)
Dutch Harbor — Undiscovered, Unforgettable, Unalaska (-)
You'll arrive at Unalaska in the morning and have some time to enjoy the best fishing in the world, visit WWII historical sites or go hiking. You can walk trails Aleut people created thousands of years ago or stroll Dutch Harbor's docks to check out the big fishing boats. You might even see the "Deadliest Catch" boats and stars. If you left your vehicle in Kodiak, or would like to explore Kodiak or Homer more, we suggest you take the ferry back. The route takes three days to get from Dutch Harbor to Homer. If you would like to spend additional time exploring Dutch Harbor, you can fly direct back to Anchorage. This is a popular option for visitors.