Alaska


Ketchikan, Alaska
Here begins Alaska
The reality goes unnoticed in most of the world, but there are two Alaskas. In urban terms, the state is inaugurated in the south of its hidden frying pan handle, a strip of land separated from the contiguous USA along the west coast of Canada. Ketchikan, is the southernmost of Alaskan cities, its Rain Capital and the Salmon Capital of the World.
Anchorage to Homer, USA
Journey to the End of the Alaskan Road
If Anchorage became the great city of the 49th US state, Homer, 350km away, is its most famous dead end. Veterans of these parts consider this strange tongue of land sacred ground. They also venerate the fact that, from there, they cannot continue anywhere.
Mount Denali, Alaska
The Sacred Ceiling of North America
The Athabascan Indians called him Denali, or the Great, and they revered his haughtiness. This stunning mountain has aroused the greed of climbers and a long succession of record-breaking climbs.
sitka, Alaska
Sitka: Journey through a once Russian Alaska
In 1867, Tsar Alexander II had to sell Russian Alaska to the United States. In the small town of Sitka, we find the Russian legacy but also the Tlingit natives who fought them.
Juneau, Alaska
The Little Capital of Greater Alaska
From June to August, Juneau disappears behind cruise ships that dock at its dockside. Even so, it is in this small capital that the fate of the 49th American state is decided.
Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life
Once a mere mining outpost, Talkeetna rejuvenated in 1950 to serve Mt. McKinley climbers. The town is by far the most alternative and most captivating town between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Prince William Sound, Alaska
Journey through a Glacial Alaska
Nestled against the Chugach Mountains, Prince William Sound is home to some of Alaska's stunning scenery. Neither powerful earthquakes nor a devastating oil spill affected its natural splendor.
PN Katmai, Alaska
In the Footsteps of the Grizzly Man
Timothy Treadwell spent summers on end with the bears of Katmai. Traveling through Alaska, we followed some of its trails, but unlike the species' crazy protector, we never went too far.
Valdez, Alaska
On the Black Gold Route
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker caused a massive environmental disaster. The vessel stopped plying the seas, but the victim city that gave it its name continues on the path of crude oil from the Arctic Ocean.
Skagway, Alaska
A Klondike's Gold Fever Variant
The last great American gold rush is long over. These days, hundreds of cruise ships each summer pour thousands of well-heeled visitors into the shop-lined streets of Skagway.
Seward, Alaska
The Longest 4th of July
The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Seward, Alaska
The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer
It's almost 30 degrees and the glaciers are melting. In Alaska, entrepreneurs have little time to get rich. Until the end of August, dog mushing cannot stop.
Homer a Whittier, Alaska
In Search of the Stealth Whittier
We leave Homer in search of Whittier, a refuge built in World War II and housing two hundred or so people, almost all in a single building.
Alaskan Lumberjack Show Competition, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
Ketchikan, Alaska

Here begins Alaska

The reality goes unnoticed in most of the world, but there are two Alaskas. In urban terms, the state is inaugurated in the south of its hidden frying pan handle, a strip of land separated from the contiguous USA along the west coast of Canada. Ketchikan, is the southernmost of Alaskan cities, its Rain Capital and the Salmon Capital of the World.
Homer, Alaska, Kachemak Bay
Anchorage to Homer, USA

Journey to the End of the Alaskan Road

If Anchorage became the great city of the 49th US state, Homer, 350km away, is its most famous dead end. Veterans of these parts consider this strange tongue of land sacred ground. They also venerate the fact that, from there, they cannot continue anywhere.
Mount Denali, McKinley, Sacred Ceiling Alaska, North America, Summit, Altitude Evil, Mountain Evil, Prevent, Treat
Mount Denali, Alaska

The Sacred Ceiling of North America

The Athabascan Indians called him Denali, or the Great, and they revered his haughtiness. This stunning mountain has aroused the greed of climbers and a long succession of record-breaking climbs.
Totem, Sitka, Alaska Travel Once Russia
sitka, Alaska

Sitka: Journey through a once Russian Alaska

In 1867, Tsar Alexander II had to sell Russian Alaska to the United States. In the small town of Sitka, we find the Russian legacy but also the Tlingit natives who fought them.
Whale Hunting with Bubbles, Juneau the Little Capital of Great Alaska
Juneau, Alaska

The Little Capital of Greater Alaska

From June to August, Juneau disappears behind cruise ships that dock at its dockside. Even so, it is in this small capital that the fate of the 49th American state is decided.
Ditching, Alaska Fashion Life, Talkeetna
Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life

Once a mere mining outpost, Talkeetna rejuvenated in 1950 to serve Mt. McKinley climbers. The town is by far the most alternative and most captivating town between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Meares glacier
Prince William Sound, Alaska

Journey through a Glacial Alaska

Nestled against the Chugach Mountains, Prince William Sound is home to some of Alaska's stunning scenery. Neither powerful earthquakes nor a devastating oil spill affected its natural splendor.
female and cub, grizzly footsteps, katmai national park, alaska
PN Katmai, Alaska

In the Footsteps of the Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell spent summers on end with the bears of Katmai. Traveling through Alaska, we followed some of its trails, but unlike the species' crazy protector, we never went too far.
ice tunnel, black gold route, Valdez, Alaska, USA
Valdez, Alaska

On the Black Gold Route

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker caused a massive environmental disaster. The vessel stopped plying the seas, but the victim city that gave it its name continues on the path of crude oil from the Arctic Ocean.
white pass yukon train, Skagway, Gold Route, Alaska, USA
Skagway, Alaska

A Klondike's Gold Fever Variant

The last great American gold rush is long over. These days, hundreds of cruise ships each summer pour thousands of well-heeled visitors into the shop-lined streets of Skagway.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Full Dog Mushing
Seward, Alaska

The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer

It's almost 30 degrees and the glaciers are melting. In Alaska, entrepreneurs have little time to get rich. Until the end of August, dog mushing cannot stop.
Alaska, by Homer in Search of Whittier
Homer a Whittier, Alaska

In Search of the Stealth Whittier

We leave Homer in search of Whittier, a refuge built in World War II and housing two hundred or so people, almost all in a single building.

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How to go


Anchorage is the main airport of entry into Alaska. Direct flights to Anchorage are not easy to find. As a rule, the trip requires a stopover in cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Minneapolis or Vancouver.

A combination of flights from TAP, from US Airways and Alaska Airlines  allows you to get from Lisbon to Anchorage via Newark and Phoenix, for prices starting at 1400 euros.

Must Do's


GREAT ALASKA 

  • Barrow
  • Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay
  • Fairbanks
  • Mount McKinley and Denali National Park
  • ​ Talkeetna
  • Anchorage
  • Kenai Peninsula
  • Seward & Dog Mushing on the Godwin Ice Field
  • Prince William Sound
  • Homer
  • Grizzlies on Kodiak Island or Katmai
  • ​Unalaska/Dutch Harbor

SOUTHEAST ALASKA

  • Juneau, the Alaskan capital
  • Alaska Marine Highway Boat Trip
  • Skagway
  • Ketchikan
  • Pelican
  • Haines
  • ​Glacier Bay National Park

Explore


A leisurely discovery of Alaska requires a combination of different means: internal flights, car or caravan rental, boat tours, scenic flights, hiking and more.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

Flights within Alaska are operated by the state airline Alaska Air. Other smaller planes provide air taxi services all over the country.

CAR RENTAL

A budget car rental in Anchorage costs, during the high season – June to September – a minimum of 35 euros per day. You can get lower prices if you guarantee your booking well in advance and for longer rental periods. There are also agencies in Anchorage that rent used cars at cheaper prices.

Few of the towns in the Panhandle (as Southeast Alaska is also called) are large enough or have a road system to justify a rental car. The exception may apply to Juneau or Skagway if you wish to visit the surrounding areas and cross the border to the Canadian side. 

BOATS

Outside the villages, Southeast Alaska has almost no roads. The best way to explore it is to buy a pass from the Alaska Marine Highway System that connects the various villages by sea.  

OTHER

The boat trips to glaciers and to the sounds cost around 100 euros per person and panoramic flights range from 300 to 600 euros, depending on the area overflown and the combination with other activities.

When to go


Alaska's hottest season runs from June to late August. In these months, the days have the longest duration of the year (up to 20 hours of light) but prices are at their maximum and No Vacancy warnings are frequent. From September to November, there are the first significant drops in temperature and some tours no longer take place, but the autumnal landscape is much more photogenic than that of summer and the experience can prove to be genuine. Starting in mid-November, Alaska's interior reaches truly extreme freezing temperatures. Alaska Weather Services

Money and costs


Largely because of its isolation from the Lower 48 states and the austere climate, Alaska has one of the highest costs of living in the US. The local currency is the US dollar (USD). International withdrawals are possible everywhere as are credit card payments. When the Euro appreciates substantially against the US dollar, prices become more affordable, otherwise Alaska is a territory that is quite expensive to explore.

A half liter of water costs around 0.80 euros. A complete meal can cost between 10 euros in a cheap restaurant and 500 euros in a more sophisticated restaurant. Unleaded gasoline in the capital Juneau it costs about 0.65 euros per liter and diesel has very similar prices.

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