Highlights and main attractions of Kodiak island
Separated from mainland Alaska by Shelikof Strait, Kodiak Island is the largest island of the Kodiak Archipelago, and the second largest island in the USA. Having once been encased in glaciers, the landscape has been battered and carved, resulting in majestic jagged peaks, wide valleys and fjord-like deep bays. The spectacular wilderness supports an abundance of land and marine life, now protected by the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
Kodiak Island occupies an area of over 9,000 square kilometres and has a rich history and during your stay here it should not be ignored. This includes Alutiiq heritage and the Russian colonisation in the 1700s, and the eruption of Novarupta in 1912, which resulted in the fall of darkness for nearly three days and almost two feet of ash covering the grounds of the town. Today Kodiak town is a successful fishing village with a thriving port and slow pace - a unique island paradise that you have to explore to really appreciate.
Mountainous and heavily forested, the island has attracted some fantastic wildlife and is now know for its Kodiak bears, the largest found anywhere.