College Fjord is a major glacier viewing route on an Alaska Cruise. Here I share my College Fjord photography from a very moody glacier viewing experience.
Glacier Viewing in College Fjord
Observe five huge tidewater glaciers during your glacier viewing experience through College Fjord. College Fjord offers incredible views as well as endless photography opportunities on a clear day. 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 and water is spraying on your lens. Not to mention the cold weather. Pray you have a clear day!
Five Valley Glaciers
As well as five tidewater glaciers, College Fjord is home to five valley glaciers. As the name suggests, these glaciers run for miles through the valleys.
Icebergs Floating in the Fjord
Small icebergs which have broken off from the huge glaciers are in abundance throughout College Fjord. Observe these as sometimes you see a bald eagle sat on one or a group of sea lions relaxing on one. Lastly, an interesting fact about these icebergs is that 90% of them are underwater.
Epicenter of Largest Ever Earthquake in North America
The College Fjord area was the epicenter of the biggest earthquake in US history. This happened in 1964 and the Americans named it the Good Friday Earthquake. The earthquake was 9.2 on the Richter scale and caused significant damage to the nearby city of Anchorage as well as tsunamis, landslides and avalanches throughout Alaska and neighboring Canada. Imagine being part of a cruise through the College fjord and experiencing such an event, complaining about the weather or cold hands would seem very trivial. Read about Lake Toba, Indonesia which was also the epicenter of a huge earthquake.
Glacier Viewing on a Clear Day
What does a glacier viewing experience look like on a sunny day? Read about my Glacier Bay National Park glacier viewing.
How to Travel from College Fjord to Denali National Park
The cruise ship continues from College Fjord to its final stop, Whittier. From Whittier, I had an overnight in Anchorage before taking a coach to Denali National Park. When you head north from Whittier, you’ll pass through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. This tunnel is the longest tunnel in North America at 4 km in length.
Wow what an adventure! Those glaciers look incredible! I REALLY want to visit Alaska, it’s on our bucket list, thanks for all the tips James.
I love seeing somebody else’s journey on this route. Having done countless turns for the cruise lines in Whittier, it’s nice to see that people truly do appreciate the whole experience. And then when you make it to Denali…
WOOOW! Amazing location! Really beautiful!
Amazing!!! I must make this a definite stop to Denali National Park on my visit to Alaska which is on my bucket-list. I pinned this for later use…Stunning photos and thanks for sharing 🙂
whoa that Alaskan Elk was awesome! Great photots, I love the Glacier. I went to Juneau once where I saw the Glacier and it was amazing, however I never made it to the “mainland” of Alaska and seeing the Denali National park is definitely on my bucket list
I’ll be in Alaska on a cruise in July. I can’t wait after seeing this!
Wow that glacier looks majestic! Looks like a must see in Alaska!
What an awesome trip! I’m dying to get to Alaska. I didn’t realize they have coaches that will take you to Denali, that is so cool.
I really want to visit Alaska and this is a great post showing how much there is to do there! Would love to see all the wildlife and of course the stunning glacier’s. I think the knitted green hat and scarf look very fetching on you 😀 at least it came in handy and you have proof that you wore it lol. Pinned this post for when we go to Alaska!
Ok I can’t wait to go to Alaska! It is on my bucket list anyway as I plan to sing to Michelle Shocked’s Anchorage as the plane lands. And boy do I want to go to Denali National Park and that fjord looks pretty stunning!
Wow those glaciers look amazing. I need to get myself there and see this place. I love the parks in the US and Alaska has been on my list for so long. Hopefully I can get there soon 🙂
Would love to visit Alaska, shame it wasn’t a clear day but still looks amazing! Do love your green woolly hat and scarf too!
Such a beautiful place – Alaska just looks MAGICAL! Sounds like you had an incredible time and fjord looks mesmerizing! Thanks for sharing
I am so jealous, Alaska looks stunning. That glacier is beautiful and the wildlife – damn, I wish I could cross this off my bucket list this year. Thank you for sharing with us this amazing place.
We loved Alaska, especially the glaciers. An incredible experience! Am really enjoying your adventures!
I love all things Alaska, it’s my happy place. I have been twice and ready to go again. I have seen all the wildlife on your list except Polar Bears. The glaciers are just awesome!
Epic! I love following your adventure 🙂
Wauu looks like your really had an adventure!