Seldovia is located on Seldovia Bay, on the southwestern arm of Kachemak Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula, 16 miles from Homer. It is accessible only by air or by boat.
Visitor information: Seldovia Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Drawer F, Seldovia, AK 99663; phone (907) 234-7612.
Because it is removed from Kenai Peninsula highways, Seldovia has retained much of its old Alaska charm and traditions. The name Seldovia is derived from Russian Seldevoy, meaning “herring bay.” Between 1869 and 1882, a trading station was located here. A post office was established in Nov. 1898. Seldovia holds a distinction of being one of the two Alaskan cities with an ice-free harbor in the winter. Seldovia has 2 active churches and one K-12 school. WiFi access available from the library parking lot.
Seldovia has most visitor facilities, including hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, a lodge, 2 general stores, grocery/deli, restaurantsand a variety of great shops. There is a city-owned and maintained RV park 1.5 miles out of town. Take the Seldovia Bay Ferryfrom Homer to access Seldovia.
- St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, a national historic site, has stood on the hill welcoming returning sailors to port since 1891.
- Shopping, fishing, renting an ATV, eating at the restaurants, birding, and walking around this picturesque town are favorite activities for visitors. Visitors can learn about Seldovia’s cultural and natural history from a series of interpretive signs placed about the town.
- The Seldovia Village Tribe Visitor Center/Museum features Native culture and local artifacts.
- Hike local trails, including the 1.2-mile Otterbahn Trail to Outside Beach; Tutka Bay Trail to Tutka Bay Salmon Hatchery; and the challenging Rocky Ridge Trail.
- Drive Jakolof Bay Road for panoramic views of Kachemak Bay, McDonald Spit, Jakolof Bay and Kasitsna Bay.
- Bike rentals are available at the Herring Bay Mercantile. ATV excursions from ATVentures Inc.
- Bird watch along area hiking trails and at Jakolof Bay. Visitors traveling to Seldovia by boat will see a number of pelagic birds.
- Seldovia’s sheltered bay is ideal for kayaking. Kayak rentals and tours available.
- Seldovia Summer Solstice Folk Music Festival, held in June, features a number of national recording artists as well as Alaskan musicians.
- Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, with food booths,a parade, games and contests, rubber ducky race, canoe jousting, kayak races, and a baseball game.
- Fish for king, silver and red salmon.