Petersburg AK, a small 3,200 person town. It’s known as Little Norway because it was bought by Norwegian fishermen 100 years ago. Petersburg is on the northern part of Mitkof Island, nearby Wrangell. It has one of the largest commercial fishing ports in the world! It also has the largest home-based halibut fleet in Alaska. During the summer there can be lots of tourists from small cruise ships, by ferry, but during the winter it is much more isolated.
The entire town basically revolves around fishing, since it was founded by fishermen. Everyone is related in some way, by their dad being a fisherman, to a friend, or brother. My family has a cute cabin ten miles out the road. Basically every time I am there, while driving out to our cabin, we see multiple deer just munching away at grass. Our cabin overlooks the Wrangell Narrows and the water goes right up to our cabin, since our cabin is on stilts. It has a great view at sunset with the sun reflecting on the waters.
Mayfest is annual festival Petersburg has which is in celebration of the town’s Norwegian culture. There is music, a parade, a walk/run race, lots of both Alaskan and Norwegian food, and much more. I’ve been to several Mayfests before which are usually right around my birthday, so it is a lot of fun!
Downtown there is basically one street that has all the shops and few restaurants that are all family owned, and everyone really does know everyone else. I really like Petersburg, and I’m excited to be spending a lot of time this summer there at our cabin. Do you think you would like to visit Petersburg, Alaska?