Dutch Harbor / Unalaska | (UNA) | un-uh-las'-kuh
"Undiscovered, Unforgettable, Unalaska"
Considered the gateway to the Aleutian Islands, Unalaska lies approximately 900 miles southwest of Anchorage and 45 nautical miles from Akutan. From windswept volcanic peaks surrounded by the sea to green valleys dotted with the vibrant colors of wildflowers you will marvel at the uncommon natural beauty of the area. From the indigenous Unangan/Aleut people who have continuously inhabited these islands for roughly 9,000 years to Russian History and historic World War II sites, there are diverse and rich adventures awaiting you in Unalaska. And to top it all off, the fishing and birding opportunities are unparalleled. The Island of Unalaska is home to the International Port of Dutch Harbor – the number one commercial fishing port in the nation where you can go birding, beach combing, berry picking, fishing, skiing or kayaking.
- A permit from the Ounalashka Corporation office allows for land-based activities.
- More than 100 bird species with some rare and unique to the Aleutian Chain.
- This is a place with rich diverse history where culture and commerce have co-existed since the mid-1700's.
- The Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of Christ is the oldest cruciform-style Orthodox church in North America.
- You know you are off-the-beaten path because satellites do not pick up many cell phone service providers in this area.
- Visit www.unalaska.info for more information on available activities and accommodations.
Ferry service to Dutch Harbor/Unalaska is provided every other week from May through September. The route takes three to three-and-a-half days from Homer, depending on the direction you travel, and is a wonderful way to see the Aleutian Islands. A popular option for visitors is to take the ferry to/from Homer one direction and fly to/from Anchorage the other direction. This allows you to spend a couple of days in Unalaska and really experience the culture, enjoy outdoor activities, and explore the community in depth.