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Dutch Harbor Travel Guide: 80 reviews and 118 photos

Leaving the shores of Russia behind we headed for the USA. One of my most unusual voyages began already in Tokyo and with spectacular sights along the Kyrill Islands heading for Petropavlosk in Kamtchatka the next port would be on the other side of the Bering Sea.

The Aleutian Islands are the chain of islands which head towards the West of Alaska.
The main fishing industry of the US lays there due to the rich waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean. This is something we explored when we left the ship after arriving in Dutch Harbor. A miserable day in the middle of summer was our welcome. We were told this is how the weather generally is, windy, wet and gray with a few sunny days.

Dutch Harbor on the island of Unalaska is home to some 5000 residents, all from what I could see make their living from the seafood industry or the few others from government posts.

The town itself is rather pretty situated with the mountains surrounding the bay where our ship docked.

The old Russian Orthodox Church which was build in 1825 still showcases some of the old Russian influence. Other historical sights are from the time when Japanese forces attacked the Aleutian Islands and Aleuts were forcefully evacuated and resettled in South Western Alaska. An an impressive array of weathered military sites, concrete pillboxes and bunkers can still be seen all around the island.

The island lays almost 3 hours flight from Anchorage and more then 2000 km North West of Seattle. Daily scheduled flights serve the community at the paved runway. A seaplane base is also available. The State Ferry operates bi-monthly from Kodiak between April and October.

National Historical Landmarks
• Holy Ascension Orthodox Church (built 1824-1827)
• Sitka Spruce Park (planted by Russians in 1805)
• Fort Mears (WWII Army Garrison)
Other Places to Visit
• Bishop’s House (built in 1882)
• Unalaska Cemetery (historic international cemetery)
• Memorial Park
• Naval Radio Station (the "Brick Building")
• WWII Stockade (also called Concentration Camp)
• Bunker Hill (excellent viewpoint)
• Jesse Lee Home (est. in late 1800’s)

  • Last visit to Dutch Harbor: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 19, 2005
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2006 at 11:52 AM

    Always curious why a place in Alaska is called Unalaska. Now a Dutch Harbor, not a Russian Harbor. Anyway, great views of this remote place. I did stop at Anchorage airport at night on my way from Tokyo to SF. But it was totally dark outside.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2006 at 1:30 AM

    Nice page on Dutch Harbor & Aleutian Islands. I heard the weather there is really unpredictable :)

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 7:06 AM

    I would hate to be there in the middle of February! Great description.

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2005 at 7:15 PM

    Geez, it was beautiful and sunny for my visit, though I had been warned about the "Birthplace of Storms". Very nice page.

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