Twenty thousand years ago most of the 5,000 square mile Kodiak Archipelago was covered by glaciers that scored and carved the landscape. Jagged peaks, fjord-like bays, and wide U-shaped valleys were left by the glacial retreat. Nature’s handiwork created a place of spectacular scenic beauty and a wilderness ideally suited for abundant land and marine life. At times the elements and the environment can be harsh and unrelenting, but for those who love Kodiak, it is simply a reminder that nature is in charge; lives and livelihoods must adapt. The reward is a unique lifestyle in an island paradise.
Visitors come to Kodiak to experience a wildness that is unmatched in few places on the earth. They come to step away from civilization and rediscover nature in its purest, unruined form. It is a place to slow down to the tempo and timbre of wilderness, to appreciate silence broken only by the eagle or loon. It is a place to rest weary eyes and quiet nerves with the motion of water and color of trees. And it is a place where the designs of man yield completely to the demands of the environment.
The Kodiak Visitor Information Center, located at 100 Marine Way at the Ferry Terminal, is the place to go to discover how to make the best of your time in Kodiak. Whether your stay is one day or one month, the staff at the visitor center can offer advice, information and referrals. The center is open year-round Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with expanded hours during summer months. You can reach the visitor center at (907) 486-4782 or 1-800-789-4782 or email us.
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This is a more remote side of Alaska, which is still true wilderness – and the abundance of huge bears makes that sense of wild feel palpable.
— Wildlife Adventures Worth Traveling for in 2013, Huffington Post
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