A large cliff formation subdues the crashing waves on Fossil Beach on Kodiak Island.

As one of the world’s most beautiful places, Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago presents an extraordinary photography experience. From breathtaking coastal mountain landscapes to enormous breaching whales, nature lovers and animal enthusiasts will find themselves in awe. There are only a few ways to document such a fantastic destination, and photography is certainly near the top of the list. Still, finding the best places to take pictures can be somewhat overwhelming—even for seasoned photographers. To help you find the ideal locations for your Alaska photo journal, Afognak Wilderness Lodge wants to give you a few places to consider during your trip.

The Best Time for Photography on the Kodiak Islands

Before sharing the unique places to take pictures on the Kodiak Archipelago, it’s essential to think about timing. Summer in Alaska is a peculiar season, thanks to the Midnight Sun. Wildlife behaviors can be unpredictable. You’ll also need to consider how an abundance of sunlight will affect your creative process.

Afognak Island State Park

The most obvious place for us to start on the Kodiak Archipelago is Afognak Island State Park. After all, our lodge rests on the coast of this nearly undisturbed isle. As the only residence in the park, Afognak Wilderness Lodge offers unparalleled access to the island’s pristine natural assets.

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park

Another Alaskan property that is well worth a visit if you’re a photographer on the Kodiak Archipelago is Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. With its overgrown vegetation and captivating scenery, you don’t have to be a history expert to appreciate Fort Abercrombie. From wartime ruins like bunkers and cannons to blossoming wildflowers and coastal beauty, Fort Abercrombie is a Kodiak gem.

Fossil Beach on Kodiak Island

On the northeast side of Kodiak Island, Fossil Beach showcases geological wonders, an endless ocean, and prehistoric fossils. Low tide is the perfect time for up-close shots of fossilized marine life and plants with your macro lens. While the beach isn’t too extensive, the towering cliffs will make for an idyllic photo opportunity. 

The Only Alaskan Wilderness Lodge on Afognak Island

Afognak Wilderness Lodge buildings among pine trees.Afognak Wilderness Lodge is a clear choice for anyone hoping to document the Kodiak Archipelago. Make yourself at home with a trio of authentic log cabins, onsite facilities, and a collection of modern amenities. There’s no better base camp to explore the Kodiak Islands! To learn more or book your stay, please visit us online or call 360-799-3250 today.