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Aleutian Islands - USA, Alaska Highlights:
Rugged isolated islands, Chagulak, Birds, Volcanoes,
Alternative Port:  Attu Island   Dutch Harbour   Kisha Island   - click for cruises that visit this port.

The Aleutian Islands are a chain of small islands between the Bering Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south and extending for about 1,100 miles (1,800 km) from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula to Attu Island. There are 14 large islands, some 55 smaller islands, and numerous islets, all of which constitute part of Alaska. Unalaska is the most important and second largest island of the Aleutians where you can visit the town of Unalaska and the port of Dutch Harbour. The major island groups from east to west are the Fox Islands, the Islands of the Four Mountains, the Andreanof, Rat, and Near islands.

One to visit is Chagulak, where the sea and the sky are thick with a colony of nearly one million fulmar birds. Along the steep cliffs at the shorelines of Chagulak, unique geologic formations provide homes to fulmars, gulls, eagles, and horned puffins. Unga Island was a haven for cod fishing and mining during the 19th century with the decline of these industries, the population departed, leaving a virtual ghost town in its place. Kittiwakes, puffins, cormorants, peregrine falcons, and sea otters are prominent among the cliffs of this picturesque island. Popof Island boasts the town of Sand Point, the largest community of the Alaska Peninsula region with more than 1,000 residents.

The Komandor (Commander) Islands near the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia) are geographically part of the Aleutians. Geologically, the archipelago is a continuation of the Aleutian Range, which is on the Alaskan mainland, and contains a number of volcanic peaks. The shores are rocky and pounded by the surf, the approaches are dangerous and the land rises abruptly from the coasts to steep mountains. Few trees, all of stunted growth, are found, but grasses grow in abundance. Although a few good harbours are found in the archipelago, navigation is dangerous because of almost perpetual fog and numerous reefs. The native people, known as Aleuts, belong to the Eskimo-Aleut language family and are generally classified ethnologically as Native North Americans. Fishing, hunting, and sheep raising are the principal activities.

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