Travellers who want to experience the cold without going into extremes can visit Akiak, a town located in the Bethel Census area in Alaska. Going to this northwestern part of the United States territory is possible through Akiak Airport, a small domestic port of entry catering to trips made within the state. Travellers looking for this airport in the map will find it on 80.905556 (latitude) and -161.22333 (longitude). The number of passengers using this airport can get around 1,000-2,000 passengers per year.
Planes going this way will land on a runway measuring 3,196 x 75ft. This is an upgrade from 1,900 x 38ft, which used to accommodate small planes only. Upon going down, travellers will find that the climate can be warm in summer with the winter cold not as bitingly cold all the time.
Although in a remote location, Akiak offers various attractions for travellers looking to explore Southwestern Alaska. The town itself lies on the sides of the Kuskokwim River that stretches almost to the half of Alaska. This provides various opportunities for fun water activities that travellers can enjoy, depending on the weather and season. Ice fishing can be especially fun, due to the novelty of the experience and the abundance of water around the town.
There's also skiing and wearing of snowshoes to do, which makes it easier to slide along the slopes. This, however, is better done with a guide who will check the condition of the equipment and show how to glide down the hill or mountain.
Boating, especially during summer, can also be fun for tourists. The mirror-like reflection of the water almost looks white, especially on a cloudy day with the snowy mountains at the distance. Sunset while out on the boat is also something to look forward to, but it's best to go back to shore immediately just before the sun goes down completely. This way, it won't be too dark on the way back to the accommodations.
Seafood makes up the staple food in Alaska. Travellers going to this side of the world can indulge on some well-cooked halibut, salmon, squid, shrimp, and other specialties of Alaskan cuisine. Warm soups are also the order at any time of the day, especially during cold snaps.
How to get around within Akiak
The most convenient way to get around Akiak is to have a rental vehicle to use. Without one, it can be hard to get around, especially during winter. There's a lack of information regarding other transportation options, so travellers are advised to get in touch with Akiak Airport or the United States embassy about their concerns.
Those going to Akiak from other towns or cities nearby will have to take a plane ride or commute some other way. Other cities such as Bethel also have a wider range of public transport such as buses and taxis, which might allow inter-city transportation, depending on the terrain and weather.
How to get there
Those going to Akiak Airport will have to book connecting flights due to the lack of direct flights coming from Anchorage. Yute Air is currently the only airline serving this area with other destinations such as Akiachak, Bethel, Kwethluk, and Tuluksak.
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