Recommendations for books set in Alaska!

Hello everyone! 


Im going on my first cruise this September to Alaska with Holland America.  I am beyond thrilled and have probably bought just about everything I need-- and I'm 7 months away. 


To curb my spending but keep my excitement going, I am going go read some books set at my post destinations to get myself geared up for the beauty, history, and culture. I'll be stopping at Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria. 


Please share some favorites!! Thanks in advance. 

Tags: Alaska Juneau

9 Answers

Following. I to am going to Alaska in May thou. I will be going on Princess thou. Our stops are Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria. Thanks for any input.

I do not know of any books, but YouTube will have a lot of free video's on Alaska ports and on most cruise lines, even some home made ship tours so you can see what your ship will be like. You can also look up some live web cams but it is off season so not a lot happening now.

Enjoy your first cruise, it may be the birth of an addiction Big Smile

If you like romance, I read Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska a little while ago and it was really good! I already wanted to visit Alaska before that, and it made me want to go even more! Life seems simpler and slower up there. Amazon looks to have some limited buying options, but if you can't find it see if a local library has it - mine does!

We love reading books set in our travel destinations! If you enjoy mysteries, there’s a website that breaks them down by the location they’re set in (and other criteria as well). Here’s the ones in Alaska:

I’ve enjoyed some by Stabenow and some by Henry.

Let us know what you read, and have a fantastic cruise!

Alaska, by James A Michener.

I believe it contains the line (words to the effect) --

When a pine needle falls in the forest, the eagle sees it, the deer hears it, and the bear smells it.

Hope you enjoy your cruise. Alaska has awesome land, views, and salmon.

The Quality of Silence.

Excellent thriller. Can't remember if they visit any of the ports but it's an amazing read! :) I've loaned my copy out about a dozen times!

Top 10 books about Alaska,according to this website.

Do a search on Amazon for "Alaska books fiction" or just Alaska books if you are in non-fiction ones as well.

For those doing Skagway and an Yukon White Pass Railroad excursion ---"Big Mike Heney" by Elizabeth A. Tower and "Skagway ---A legacy of Gold" out of print but easy to find, two more of the Alaska Geographic Series, are "British Columbia's Coast" and "Klondike Lost". For Canada and Alaska get a copy of "The Milepost" which is fun to read in anticipation of an Alaskan and Canadian visit, don't be concerned that it is mainly for road travelers as it covers points by the Alaska Marine Highway System as well as some accessible mostly by air, like Juneau, Kethcikan, Sitka, Glacier Bay, etc. You don't need to have a current copy of The Milepost either, things don't change that much, many libraries have them.


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