Great Land of Alaska

Pictures and Information about The Great Land

Fact of the Week:

Some of the world's highest tides (up to 36 feet / 11 meters) are found in Cook Inlet near Anchorage. (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: (June 11, 2014, 8:00pm Alaska time)

Cleveland: Concern Level: YELLOW Alert Level: ADVISORY
Previous Level: ORANGE
2014-06-11 13:08:22 AVO Report:
No activity was observed in cloudy satellite images over the past 24 hours.

Pavlof: Concern Level: ORANGE Alert Level: WARNING
Previous Level: RED
2014-06-11 13:08:22 AVO Report:
The eruption of Pavlof Volcano continues. Seismic activity is unchanged over the past 24 hours and is characterized by intermittent seismic events. Weakly elevated surface temperatures were observed in a mostly cloudy satellite image overnight. Nothing observed in cloudy web camera views.

Shishaldin: Concern Level: ORANGE Alert Level: WATCH
Previous Level: YELLOW
2014-06-11 13:08:22 AVO Report:
Low-level eruptive activity continues at Shishaldin although no activity was observed in mostly cloudy satellite images over the past 24 hours. Web camera views of the volcano were obscured by ice and clouds.

Veniaminof: Concern Level: YELLOW Alert Level: ADVISORY
Previous Level: n/a
2014-06-11 13:08:22 AVO Report:
Seismicity has remained very slightly above background during the last 24 hours. No significant activity was observed in mostly cloudy satellite images and web camera views.

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


June Events

Anchorage—Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon; AWAIC Summer Solstice Festival; Alaska Run for Women; Three Barons Renaissance Fair; Junteenth Celebration; Slam'n Salm'n King Derby.
Anchor Point—Kids All-American Fishing Derby.
Barrow—Nalukataq Whaling Festival.
Big Lake—Triathalon; DenaliUp Challenge Golf Classic.
Chugiak/Eagle River—Alaskan Scottish Highland Games.
Cordova—Copper River Nouveau.
Dillingham—Wild Fish Festival.
Fairbanks—Midnight Sun Run; Midnight Sun Baseball Game; Midnight Sun Festival; Yukon 800 Boat Race; Summer Folk Fest.
Haines—Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Race; King Salmon Derby; Summer Solstice Celebration; Ride Yukon Motorcycle Rally.
Homer—Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference; "Strut your mutt" Dog Walk; 10K Spit Run; Homer Yacht Club Regatta.
Juneau—Gold Rush Days.
Kenai—Kenai River Festival; Quilting on the Kenai.
Ketchikan—King Salmon Derby.
Kodiak—All American Soap Box Derby.
Moose Pass—Summer Solstice Festival.
Nenana—River Daze.
Ninilchik—Halibut Derby (through September).
Nome—Midnight Sun Festival; River Raft Race; Polar Bear Swim in Bering Sea; Folk Fest.
Palmer—Colony Days; Friday Fling; Summer Market (through August).
Pelican—King Salmon Derby.
Seldovia—Summer Solstice Music Festival.
Seward—Halibut Tournament.
Sitka—Summer Music Festival; Fine Arts Camp.
Skagway—Summer Solstice.
Unalaska—Solstice Run.
Valdez—Last Frontier Theatre Conference.
Whittier—Walk to Whittier.

(Complete calendar)

Picture of the Day:

June 11, 2014; 7:58pm

Looking out my living room window

Kenai high, low, & sunlight:
High: 56°F (13°C)
Low: 39°F (4°C)
Daylight: 18h 56m