Saint Paul, Alaska

St. Paul is the largest island in the Probilof chain, located about 300 miles off the Alaska mainland and a world away from the lumberjack towns of the Inside Passage. The Unangan (Aleut) People settled St. Paul in the 18th century, displaced from their traditional Aleutian homeland by Russian traders. Around 400 people live here today, the vast majority of whom are of Native Alaskan descent. Wild and windswept, the island is rich with wildlife, particularly Northern fur seals, Arctic foxes, reindeer, and seabirds. St. Paul’s remote location in the Bering Sea makes it an attractive rest stop for migrating birds, and at least 310 species have been recorded here. Visitors discover authentic Unangan culture the remains of traditional barabaras or semi-subterranean dwellings with sod-covered roofs, which were used until the late-1870s.