United States of America
With bald eagles soaring overhead, emerald-green volcanic peaks chafing the clouds, and raw ocean scenery as far as the eye can see, this far-flung destination is the definition of remote and wild. Part of the outlying Aleutian Islands archipelago, which spirals out across the Bering Sea into the wilds of the Pacific, Dutch Harbor offers a dramatic backdrop and rich military history - as one of the few pieces of US soil to be directly attacked by the Japanese during World War II.
The town settles into the embrace of a vast deep-water harbour, which helps to protect from the unpredictable churn of the Bering Sea. Enjoy hikes along coastal trails to birdwatch among more than 100 different species – and look on as huge clouds of cawing seabirds float on gusts of wind, filling the air with their raucous calls.
Dutch Harbor’s waters are also teeming with life, and giant whales cruise between the waves, parting the surface with effortless flicks of their vast tales. Dutch Harbor is famous for its crab fishing industry – a dangerous, challenging pursuit - and the town is well known to many Americans as the setting of the television show Deadliest Catch. Test out your sea-stomach by joining a crew aboard an authentic fishing vessel, seeing first-hand how they trawl these waters for rich hauls of cod and pollock, in one of the most productive and bountiful spots for fishing in the world. Or keep it steadier on land, and take a relaxed afternoon to test out your own skills, rod in hand.