Petersburg, Alaska

All information about Petersburg Cruise Port. Timetable for the arrival of ships, the time of their stay and the number of passengers. Petersburg Port news. Weather forecast and historical weather, as well as water temperatures around Petersburg.

Petersburg, Alaska, United States of America
Petersburg, Alaska, United States of America | © Devin Thomas

Petersburg: tourist information

Petersburg , Alaska ’s Little Norway, was founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian anglers. A small town on Mitkof Island , it lies off the main sea routes used by larger cruise ships, but some small-ship cruise lines include it as a port of call. A visit to Petersburg provides some insight into the character of a true Alaskan town-isolated, with an obvious spirit of community and self-sufficiency. There is an opportunity for sight seeing via floatplane or helicopter over nearby Le Conte Glacier (weather permitting) and for hikes on forest trails. Cruise out to look for whales in the south part of Frederick Sound , which is often a virtual sculpture garden of grounded icebergs.

The biggest week of the year for Petersburg falls around May 17th, Norway 's Constitution Day. For 40 years Petersburg has held a "Little Norway Festival" around this date to celebrate the homeland of Petersburg's founding families, honor the U.S. Armed Forces Day and throw one last big party before the the fishing season gets under way. Visitors and locals can take part in traditional dances and concerts, arts and crafts displays, photos with Vikings and Valkyries, smorgasbord meals, kids contests, a pageant and boat tours.

The totems to the left sit next to the Federal Building in downtown Petersburg .

Artists/carvers Tommy Joseph and Fred Beltran, both of Sitka , worked almost daily for many hours a day in a Quonset hut in downtown Petersburg carving these totem poles from cedar logs.

Totem poles were once carved and raised to represent a family-clan, its kinship system, dignity, accomplishments, prestige, adventures, stories, rights and prerogatives. A totem pole served, in essence, as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry. In Petersburg 's case, these totems tell the history of the Tlingits and their settlement in the Southeast. They celebrate the Eagle (Shangukeidi) and Raven (Laayaneidi) Clans, which are the two moieties of the Tlingit society.

During the totem raising in October hundreds of people came out to watch and help raise the totems into place.


  • Country: USA
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Government: United States
  • State/Region: Alaska
  • Time Zone: -9 GMT
  • Language: English
  • Latitude: 56.8125000
  • Longitude: -132.9555560
  • Est. Population: 3193
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Fire: Petersburg Fire Department - P.O. Box 75, Petersburg, Alaska 99833; Phone: (907) 772-3322
  • Police: City Police - Phone: (907) 772-3838
  • Hospital: Petersburg Medical Center - P.O. Box 589, Petersburg, Alaska 99833; Phone: (907) 772- 4291
  • General: Emergency Phone: 911
  • Petersburg, Alaska, United States of America
    Petersburg, Alaska, United States of America | © Lourdes Penunuri

    Petersburg Cruise Port Schedule

    Jul 9 2023
    Aug 13 2023
    Petersburg, Alaska, United States of America
    Petersburg, Alaska, United States of America | © Ivana Jovanović

    Petersburg in the News

    Port rating and occupancy

    Port of Petersburg ranks 917th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

    Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 2.

    The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Petersburg in the next 12 months is 686.

    According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Petersburg ranks 653.

    Weather in Petersburg

    Oct 2
    Min/Max temp: 45°F (7°C) / 55°F (13°C)
    Clouds (overcast clouds), no wind
    Oct 3
    Min/Max temp: 45°F (7°C) / 57°F (14°C)
    Clouds (overcast clouds), no wind
    Oct 4
    Min/Max temp: 45°F (7°C) / 59°F (15°C)
    Rain (light rain), no wind
    Oct 5
    Min/Max temp: 52°F (11°C) / 55°F (13°C)
    Rain (light rain), no wind
    Oct 6
    Min/Max temp: 50°F (10°C) / 64°F (18°C)
    Clear (clear sky), no wind
    Oct 7
    Min/Max temp: 52°F (11°C) / 63°F (17°C)
    Clouds (overcast clouds), no wind
    Oct 8
    Min/Max temp: 50°F (10°C) / 63°F (17°C)
    Clouds (overcast clouds), no wind
    Oct 9
    Min/Max temp: 50°F (10°C) / 55°F (13°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), no wind

    Current water temperature in Petersburg now is 52°F (11.2°C)

    Water temperature data provided by

    Annual Weather

    Min/Max temp: -148°F (-100°C) / 27°F (-3°C)
    Min/Max temp: -148°F (-100°C) / 36°F (2°C)
    Min/Max temp: -148°F (-100°C) / 39°F (4°C)
    Min/Max temp: -148°F (-100°C) / 50°F (10°C)
    Min/Max temp: -148°F (-100°C) / 59°F (15°C)
    Min/Max temp: 55°F (13°C) / 64°F (18°C)
    Min/Max temp: 57°F (14°C) / 61°F (16°C)
    Min/Max temp: 54°F (12°C) / 57°F (14°C)
    Min/Max temp: 43°F (6°C) / 48°F (9°C)
    Min/Max temp: 41°F (5°C) / 43°F (6°C)
    Min/Max temp: 34°F (1°C) / 34°F (1°C)
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