Business profile

Kristian Strinsky, Co-owner of Northern Sights

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Title and firm: Co-owner of Northern Sights.

Services: Guided tours to the Mendenhall Glacier, whale watching and wildlife viewing trips. The company will also provide shore services for American Yacht Service passengers. Tours and land transportation are provided in a 1937 restored touring car. Initially, the vehicle was designed and used for tours in Yellowstone National Park. The company also owns a van and the Whale's Tail, a 25-foot jet boat equipped with an underwater camera.

Biographical information: Born in Tacoma, Wash., Strinsky came to Alaska in the summer of 1985 while attending Western Washington University. He worked as a fishing guide, for the next six summers, for Glacier Bay Lodge. After receiving his bachelor's degree in business, he was employed as an accountant and several other office jobs in Washington state, until his return to Alaska in 1997 as an employee of Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West. His first summer with the company, he worked as a deck officer on the Spirit of Discovery, a small cruise ship that sailed the Inside Passage. He was promoted to captain the following summer and worked on the Spirit of Glacier Bay, cruising Prince William Sound. Strinsky and his wife, Leigh Strinsky, a former captain with Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West, formed Northern Sights last December. This will be their first season of operation.

Notable: Northern Sights offers tours for small numbers of tourists. The touring car seats 14 passengers and the boat can accommodate up to six guests per trip.

Quotable: ``We want to let Alaska speak for itself. We want to get away from the herd mentality and offer a more personal experience by offering quality tours and keeping the numbers small.''

Employees: Five, including the two owners.

Contact information: 463-5788. Website:

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