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At the end of the achingly beautiful Wrangell Narrows lies one of Alaska’s gems, the small town of Petersburg.

The Norwegian Peter Buschmann arrived here in 1897 and found a fine harbour, abundant fish and a ready supply of ice from the nearby LeConte glacier. He built a cannery and enticed his Norwegian friends to follow him, thus establishing the town that bears his name.

Halibut fishing

This busy little fishing port has a distinct Norwegian influence today with pretty Norwegian rosemaling decorating the tidy homes. Currently it has the largest halibut fishing fleet in Alaska, and fish canning remains the dominant industry.

Icebergs

Just across Frederick Sound there is a spectacular glaciated wall of alpine peaks whilst the LeConte Glacier regularly launches new icebergs into the sea which is a wonderful sight to behold.

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    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Petersburg. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Scandia House, Petersburg

      Scandia House

      Simple

      Although the rooms are simple and the setting isolated, Scandia House's location in the small town of Petersburg offers access to calving glaciers, the summer feeding grounds of humpback whales and the vast wilderness of Alaska's Frederick Sound.