Alaska the land of bears and ices

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Alaska the land of bears and ices

Flag of Alaska

Country

United States Of America

Region/State

Alaska

Official Language

English 86% native and other languages 14%

Area

1.717.000 km q

Population

736.000

Density

0.43 ab/kmq

Capital city

Juneau

Largest city

Anchorage

Climate

The Alaska climate is cold, everywhere you go is cold, just near the south coast is a little bit better, but normally in January a range between -15 and -40 degrees.

Economy

The economy of Alaska includes natural gas and crude petroleum, fishing and tourism. Other resources are gold and coal.

Safety

There is not an important safety recommendation, just remember to be prudent, you are in another country and another culture, so you need to respect that culture.
A most important event in Alaska is definitively the Idita Road, the more famous sled dog competition. It starts in Anchorage and ending in Nome village after 1.600 kilometers, here the story of Idita Road

Religion

Christians included Catholics are 62% of the population, while the agnostic atheist and without religion are 32%, the remaining percentage is very fragmented other ideas.

Lifestyle

A part of Alaska is beyond the Arctic Circle, this meaning that climate in that regions is very strong, -40 degrees is normal and in remote places can arrive over -50. If you decide to visit Alaska in the winter, from October to March but sometimes even May is better you considerate to ask the best suggestions from locals, because if you will go in the south coast will be very different than to go in the Arctic and different must be the equipment necessary. Can be very dangerous to approach -50 degrees without the correct equipment.
If you are asking why to go in winter if there is this weather condition, is simple, in the winter you can see the best sunsets and especially the northern lights are amazing, the coldest and clear nights will give you the best opportunity for to observe the northern lights.

Alaska Northern Lights
Photo by Jonathan Wheeler

The cabin fever issue


Alaskan people need to fight every winter against the Cabin Fever, the winter is cold, dark and solitary if you will be passive is probably you will be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder.

If you plan to stay long term in the region in winter, is better you provide to study some activities, that will keep you occupied and the mind will remain stable.
Especially in rural and remote places, the inhabits love to drink alcoholic, and they drink a lot, the drinking joined to the severe winter conditions create the condition for mental problems, is not a small issue, the number of suicide is too high and so the Govern was been constrict to forbidden alcohol in some villages.
Better will be if you join locals in the winter activities like ice skating or whether sledding.

To have a car in Alaska

If you think to rent a car is better to take a good lesson on how to maintain a car in Alaskan winter, or you will rent a block of ice.
If you rent a house check if there is the correct warming system, if is not enough warm you will have many issues.

Alaska’s animals


A not exhaustive list of land and marine mammals.
Brown bear, lynx, gray wolf, arctic fox, elk, reindeer, musk ox, Black bear, moose, polar bear, Kodiak bear, bison, Coyote and wolverine.

Ringed seal, harbor porpoise, ribbon seal, harbor seal, North Pacific right whale, bowhead whale, blue whale, fin whale, elephant seal, northern fur seal.

Again, gray whale, sperm whale, humpback whale, beluga whale, killer whale and many more, watch the complete list of  Alaska fauna here in the official Alaska Site.

A whale in an Alaskan bay
Photo by Steve Halama

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