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Petersburg Alaska

Petersburg Alaska

Located on the north end of Mitkoff Island, in Frederick Sound, Petersburg sits halfway between the cities of Juneau and Ketchikan. This charming coastal village has kept its Norwegian heritage alive and operates as one of Alaska's main commercial fishing communities.

Originally used as a summer camp by the Kake Tlingit tribes, the area was homesteaded by Norwegian immigrant Peter Buschmann. By the early 1900's the town was populated by many people of Scandinavian heritage, earning it the nickname "Little Norway".

In addition to world class fishing, Petersburg offers visitors outdoor adventures that include exploring Sandy Beach Park or viewing the boats at the harbor, as well as bird watching at Eagle View Park, which has excellent vantage points for watching eagles and other birds. Boat cruises for whale watching are also available, and touring the downtown area provides plenty of shopping and dining. The Sons of Norway Hall is a national historic site and provides seasonal entertainment and dining. For those wishing to get further into the wilderness, there are hiking trails both in and out of town, as well as camping and Forest Service cabins for rent. Accommodations are readily available, with hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts in abundance, as well as RV parks, cabins and hostels.

For more information on visiting Petersburg check out the Petersburg Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Petersburg Activities & Trips, Petersburg Lodging and Petersburg Transportation.

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