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Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/252-7522; www.alaskaair.com) serves Dutch Harbor with turboprops operated by Pen Air. The use of the smaller planes allows flights to land on the nearby Alaska Peninsula and wait for the weather to clear when a squall passes over the Dutch Harbor airport. The flight from Anchorage takes 3 hours, and a ticket is $1,000 or more round-trip. You can save substantially if you combine that flight leg with your round-trip ticket to Alaska, making Dutch Harbor your final destination and Anchorage a stopover. Combining this excursion on your larger ticket also means the airline will rearrange your other fights without charge if you get stuck by weather at the Dutch Harbor airport, a common occurrence.

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Tustumena (tel. 800/642-0066; www.ferryalaska.com) makes a 4-day trip from Homer to Dutch Harbor just a handful of times a year, from April to October, stopping in Kodiak and the villages along the way. The one-way passenger fare is about $351, and a two-berth outside (with windows) cabin with shared facilities is $311 more. Travelers who have done this open-sea adventure have given us glowing reports of incomparable scenery and wonderful encounters with the people of the villages along the way, best of all if camping on the solarium deck (with duct tape to hold down the tent). Since the ship is in the open ocean, seasickness is a real concern. Unless you want to spend only 7 hours in Unalaska and then make the long return trip, you'll need to fly back.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.