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Glacier Bay National Park to College Fjord

Glacier Bay National Park is located in Alaska in the US.  Glacier Bay National Park offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Marine life including stellar sea lions, harbor seal, sea otter, harbor porpoise, humpback whale
  • Wildlife including moose, porcupine, mountain goats, red squirrel and glacier bay bears
  • Scenic glacier viewing
  • 281 species of birds including bald eagles, puffins, gulls, cormorants and kittlitz’s murrelets

If you visit Glacier Bay National Park and you’re not part of a cruise you can organize to go kayaking in the bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier National Park, Alaska

Margerie Glacier, Glacier National Park, Alaska

Margerie Glacier is the most famous glacier in the park.  Whilst observing the glacier you’ll hear the white thunder and constant creaking of the glacier.  Huge chunks of ice are constantly dropping from the front of the glacier, photographers must be quick to get a snap of the falling ice.

Sea Lion, Glacier Bay National Park

Sea Lion, Glacier Bay National Park

Some guys are able to make use of the icebergs that are falling from the glacier, this gives you a good idea of how big the falling ice is and why you hear white thunder when it drops.  What is more rewarding, viewing a sea lion in Sea World, San Diego, or viewing a sea lion in its natural habitat.  This sea lion sure is enjoying a lie down on the floating iceberg.

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

The part of the glacier which we are looking at is the end of a 34 km long, 1.6 km wide tidewater glacier.  It starts at nearly 4000 meters on the slopes of Mount Root which is at the US / Canada border.  A tidewater glacier is one which ends at the sea.  Margerie glacier is only accessible by sea or air, you cannot hike to this glacier.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Glacier bay is actually a 100 km long fjord with several glaciers reaching it.  Back in 1750 all the bay used to be one big glacier but due to higher temperatures in recent centuries and less snowfall there are now several smaller tidewater glaciers all ending in the fjord.  If you hit glacier bay on a sunny day you’ll be rewarded with thousands of perfect glacier photos, amazing reflection photography, mountain photography and even sea lions sun bathing on icebergs.

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Whilst experiencing your glacier cruising it’s important you get your photo in the bay as evidence you’ve been.  The next destination on the Prince cruise is College Fjord which is an overnight trip.  I was very lucky with the weather in Glacier Bay National Park as I was soon to find out in College Fjord.  Weather can drastically effect your glacier bay experience.

College Fjord to Denali National Park