9 things you didn’t know about Alaska

Bears, seals, bald eagles and so much more.

There’s nothing in Alaska you won’t love, which is why it’s quickly becoming an Aussie favourite – especially for cruisers.

In addition to its amazing wildlife and gorgeous scenery, Alaska is also home to a Hammer Museum, it holds the record for the second largest earthquake in history and it’s the United States’ northernmost, westernmost and easternmost state!

Adventure cruiser and writer Roderick Eime shared his Alaskan experience in the latest issue of Cruise Passenger magazine, which is out on newsstand today.

Here’s a list of other facts Roderick says you might not know about the exquisite destination.

What’s in a name?

Alaska’s name comes from the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning “great lands” or “peninsula”.

Alaska is how big?

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Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, the next largest US state, yet is home to fewer than 800,000 people.

Russia’s Neighbour!
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Alaska and Russia are less than five kilometres apart at their closest point – between Russia’s Big Diomede Island and Alaska’s Little Diomede Island in the Bering Strait.

Don’t plan a roadtrip
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Only 20 percent of Alaska is accessible by road. Despite a landmass of 1.5 million square kilometres, the state has only 12 numbered highways.

Nightime light shows almost all year-round

Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Don’t wake the bear
Sleeping Bear
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In Alaska it’s illegal to wake a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph. It is also illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.

Glaciers galore
Alaska Glaciers
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Numbering more than 100,000, Alaska has half of the world’s glaciers. The state’s largest glacier, Malaspina, covers 2,200 square kilometres.

Home to the Kodiak brown bears

Kodiak Island

Kodiak is Alaska’s largest island and home to the world’s largest bear species – Kodiak brown bears – the only scientifically recognised subspecies of brown bear.

White Fang has all the views


While many movies set in Alaska were not actually filmed there, the 1991 Disney movie White Fang, starring Ethan Hawke was filmed in and around Haines.

For more of Alaska’s secrets check out the Winter 2014 issue of Cruise Passenger magazine.

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