Great Land of Alaska

Pictures and Information about The Great Land

Fact of the Week:

Residents of Fairbanks can see the Northern Lights an average of 240 nights per year. (More facts)

Last update:

March 11, 2014: New pictures added. See the new picture page for all the new pictures.

Alaska - The Great Land.

Our word Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska — “The Great Land.” As anyone who has lived in or visited Alaska knows, this is indeed The Great Land. Lush coastal rain forests, high mountain peaks, large crystal-clear lakes, and massive glaciers are just some of the breathtaking sights in this northern land.

Alaska can be just as dangerous as it is beautiful. A Grizzly surprised by a hiker, a rutting bull moose, hypothermia, earthquakes, volcanos, or avalanches are things that many Alaskans have had to face at one time or another. This tranquil, peaceful land can be a real challenge for those who try to take it on without the proper preparation and planning.

Still, many Alaskans say that despite the challenges and dangers, they'd rather not be anywhere else. They share the land with one of the world's longest rivers (The Yukon River), one of the world's highest tides (Cook Inlet), one of the world's largest mountains (Denali), and one of the world's deepest gorges (Great Gorge). Alaska also has the world's largest population of Grizzly Bears and one of the world's highest concentrations of Bald Eagles. Whether you're a Cheechako or a Sourdough, a visitor or a long-time resident, there's plenty to see and enjoy in the Great Land.

Come on in and see what we've got to offer:

Picture Galleries - Photographs of Alaskan scenery.
Reference - Definitions, maps, trivia, and other things about Alaska.
Humor - A few Alaskan-related jokes.
Links - Some links to other Alaskan or Alaskan-related sites.

VOLCANO UPDATE: (April 17, 2014, 8:15pm Alaska time)

Cleveland: Concern Level: YELLOW Alert Level: ADVISORY
Previous Level: ORANGE
2014-04-17 12:00:17 AVO Report:
Satellite observations partly obscured by clouds over the past day. No activity observed.

Shishaldin: Concern Level: ORANGE Alert Level: WATCH
Previous Level: YELLOW
2014-04-17 12:00:17 AVO Report:
Minor steaming observed in web camera images during clear periods over the past day. Satellite images show no evidence of eruptive activity. No significant changes observed in seismic data.

Veniaminof: Concern Level: YELLOW Alert Level: ADVISORY
Previous Level: n/a
2014-04-17 12:00:17 AVO Report:
Seismicity over the past day is slightly above background. Web camera images show typical steaming from the previously active cone. No activity observed in satellite images.

(Alaska & Kamchatka Peninsula volcano status / recent Alaskan earthquakes)

April Events

Anchorage—Anchorage Daily News Heart Run; Great Alaskan Sportsman Show; Native Youth Olympics; Alaska Women's Show.
Barrow—Spring Festival (Piuraagiaqta).
Bethel—Camai Dance Festival.
Big Lake—Annual Chamber Banquet and Auction.
Chugiak/Eagle River—Chamber Famous Annual Garden Tea Party.
Craig/Klawok—Salmon Derby (through July).
Fairbanks—Arctic Man Ski and Snow-Go Classic; Beat Beethoven 5K Run; International Curling Bonspiel.
Girdwood—Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup.
Homer—Sea to Ski Triathalon.
Juneau—Alaska Folk Festival.
Kodiak—Tastes & Tales of the Sea; King Salmon Derby.
Ninilchik—King Salmon Derby.
Nome—Cannonball Run.
Skagway—International Mini Folk Festival.
Soldotna—Kenai Peninsula Sports & Rec Trade Show.
Sutton—Annual Coalminers' Ball.
Tok—Tok Trot.
Valdez—Mountain Man Snowmobile Hill Climb Competition.
Wrangell—Garnet Festival.

(Complete calendar)

Picture of the Day:

April 17, 2014; 6:17pm

Looking out my living room window

Kenai high, low, & sunlight:
High: 48°F (9°C)
Low: 34°F (1°C)
Daylight: 14h 51m