Photo courtesy of State of Alaska/Reinhard Pantke
There’s a huge number of humpback whales who really know how to live: They winter near Hawaii and summer in the waters off of Petersburg, a small Alaskan town that leans decidedly Norwegian. Though the whales might not care about the town’s cultural traditions, they do know that the area where the Frederick Sound bumps up against Stephens Passage offers plenty of deep water, and all the krill a hungry humpback needs to feed. Board one of the small boats from local companies, like Whale Song Cruises or Alaska Sea Adventures, for an hours-long whale-watching adventure on the sound.
By Jenna Schnuer, AFAR Local Expert
Flightseeing over the Le Conte Glacier
When working up in Alaska there was a open seat on of the flight-seeing tours out of Petersburg. I jumped on the opportunity and this is one of my favorite shots! Nordic Air, Kupreanof Flying, and Pacific Wings all offer flightseeing trips out of Petersburg.
Alaska’s Summer Visitors: Humpback Whales
In summer the waters off Alaska’s southeast coast play host to hundreds of humpback whales, which come to feed on krill and baitfish. People exploring these waters by small ship or kayak during this season are just about guaranteed to see whales surfacing, diving, showing their flukes (or tails), and breaching. Some may even get close enough to get splashed. To maximize traveler encounters with Alaskan wildlife, all Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Alaska itineraries are led by trained naturalists and marine biologists.
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All Ashore on Mitkof Island
A final island hop-Petersburg, on Mitkof Island. There is a huge Norwegian heritage in the community that makes a living from the sea. The best way to top off your visit and trip along Alaska's Inside Passage is a meal of the famous Dungeness crab, a specialty of the area.