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Petersburg, Alaska had its’ beginnings in the 1890’s when Norwegian pioneers settled there. It is a picturesque small town that still makes its living from the sea and still proudly embraces its Norwegian heritage today.
Modern day Petersburg has a population of just over 3,000 people and the town has grown into one of the largest fishing communities in Alaska. Halibut, salmon, herring and crab are all fished for today, much like they were when this prosperous community was founded. Petersburg has remained an authentic and peaceful small town, largely due to the fact that the big cruise ships can’t enter its narrow harbor.
The town is unspoiled by throngs of tourists and tacky gift shops; instead you will find family owned grocery and hardware stores and a bustling fish market.
Petersburg is located in South East Alaska on Mitkov Island, which is divided from the much larger Kupreanof Island by a channel called the Wrangell Narrows. Mitkov Island sits in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage with Frederick Sound being the other main body of water to surround it.
View a Travel PDF of Petersburg Alaska.
Provides a twice daily jet service from Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK with several stops in between.
L.A.B. Flying Service provides service between Petersburg, Juneau, and nearby Kake on Kupreanof Island with single and dual-engine aircraft.
The Alaska Marine Highway System
serves Petersburg with several ferries. The main departure points heading north to Petersburg are Bellingham, WA and Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, which connects with the British Columbia Ferry System. From the north, the ferry system is accessible from the Alcan Highway at Skagway (via Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) or at Haines (via Haines Junction, Yukon Territory).
By Land (but still requiring a ferry ride):
There is no road access to Petersburg. However if you wish to take you car to Petersburg you can catch the Alaska Marine Highway system (see above) at a road accessed port town.
For more information and a list of operators
contact Viking Travel 800-327-2571