College Fjord is a fjord located in Alaska which offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- 5 tidewater glaciers
- 5 valley glaciers
- lots of smaller glaciers
- Beautiful reflection photography on a clear day
- Epicenter of the largest earthquake in North American history
College fjord offers incredible photography opportunities on a clear day but unfortunately I didn’t get a clear day. A day with clouds, wind and rain makes it very difficult to get great pictures because visibility is low. You’ll have to keep your camera dry whilst shooting in the rain and yourself warm as the wind chill in Alaska is significant. I hope you visit on a clear day!
Some of the glaciers in College fjord stretch for miles and have huge drops which are frozen waterfalls. College fjord was the epicenter of the biggest earthquake in US history back in 1964 and the Americans named it the Good Friday earthquake. The earthquake was 9.2 on the richter scale and caused significant damage the nearby city of Anchorage as well as tsunamis, landslides and avalanches throughout the state and neighboring Canada. Imagine being part of a cruise through the College fjord and experiencing such an event, complaining about the weather would seem very trivial.
Have you ever been given a gift and been too polite to refuse it. I was knitted this feminine looking green hat and scarf specifically for my Alaska trip. As it was super cold I decided I’d use them to show the person who knitted them for me that they were coming in useful. It’s a shame they don’t match my Nike jacket. The evidence of me being in Glacier fjord looks ridiculous!
Alaska is home to an incredible amount of wildlife. You’re guaranteed a lot of wildlife sightings, I’d recommend taking a camera with good zoom such as a bridge camera because you shouldn’t get too close to the wildlife. You can also see the following wildlife in Alaska;
- Black bears
- Brown bears
- Polar bears (in the far north)
- Mountain goat
The cruise ship took me as far as Whittier where I took a coach trip to Denali National Park. If you stop over in Whittier, I recommend Horsetail Falls trail which offers a short hike to the beautiful Horsetail Falls. When you head north from Whittier, you’ll pass through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, at 4 km in length it is the longest tunnel in North America.
Denali National Park to Fairbanks