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Petersburg Little Norway Festival Raftup

  • 14 May 2020
  • 17 May 2020


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Little Norway Festival, Petersburg Alaska

May 14th to May 17th 2020

Hello! Several KYC members have expressed an interest in meeting up at this very Alaskan Festival. Below you will find some information to help you decide if this is the year for you to go. The first part is information gathered in January 2020 and the second part is possible cruising itinerary. A quick disclaimer….any info can change between research date and booking date and no one should rely on another’s chart plotter. As prudent and safety conscience mariners, please double check everything!

Petersburg….why go? Because it is there.

Little Norway festival has been celebrated since 1958. It is a celebration of Norwegian Heritage, the signing of Norway’s constitution, U.S. Armed Forces Day, coming of spring and the beginning of fishing season. There are parades, indoor and outdoor dances, music and high jinx. Dress Code seems to be Viking/Valkyrie casual.

Please google Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. There you may view 2019 schedule of events and in early they will post the schedule of event for 2020. According to the harbormaster, Friday and Saturday are the days to come with Sunday winding down early.

Getting There & Staying there …. more ways than one.

Your boat:

Petersburg Harbormaster 907.772.4688 VHF Channel 16

Tom Logan worked up the attached itinerary using his experience and chart plotter. We hope it will help you decide to go!

I spoke with the harbormaster. They (like KYC and Ketchikan Harbors) do not take reservations for moorage. She assured me that available space should not be a problem as many of the fishing boats will have left for the season. She also said that while they cannot reserve a space, if we contact her a few days in advance, they will do their best to dock us together. And finally, there is good anchorage nearby for boats that would rather anchor out and skiff in.


Alaska Air flies daily into Petersburg. $147 or 5000 miles one way

Flight 65 Ktn-Ptb 8:50 -10:30 am Flight 64 Ptb –Ktn 3:00 – 4:45pm


$79 one way

Ktn – Ptb Fridays only 10am-7:45pm

Ptb – Ktn Mondays only 2:45am – 12:30pm


A few KYC members have offered sleeping space aboard their boats. If interested please let me know and we will help coordinate that as we get closer to the ‘go’ date.

Hotels: listed two B & B s and five hotels.

See you on the water!

Donna Ryan, M/V V’ger

Example Itinerary Courtesy of Tom Logan

Based on a 6 knot average and currents departing at 0700.

5.5 hours Ketchican to Meyers Chuck

9.5 hours Meyers Chuck to Wrangell Narrows.

3 to 4 hours transit time through the Narrows to Petersburg.

15 hours from Ketchican to Wrangell Narrows

3 to 4 hours transit through Narrows to Petersburg

There are two vey popular anchorages just across the bay from the narrows St Johns Harbor behind southerly island and one just inside the narrows entrance at Deception Point Cove.

The after party at warm springs.

Transit from Petersburg to warm springs, Baranof Island, non stop is 74 NM approx 12 hours. Morning Magic will be spending several days here.

Tom and Tricia Logan


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