College Fjord to Denali National Park


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, Alaska

College Fjord, Alaska

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!

College Fjord, Alaska

College Fjord, Alaska

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.

College Fjord to Denali National Park

College Fjord to Denali National Park

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!

Alaskan Elk, Alaska

Alaskan Elk, Alaska

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)
  • Caribou
  • Moose
  • Mountain goat
  • Bisen
  • Orcas
Princess cruise coach to Denali National Park

Princess cruise coach to Denali National Park

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

2018-03-29T08:46:57+00:00January 26th, 2017|North America, USA|18 Comments


  1. Garth February 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    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.

  2. Rob Taylor February 4, 2017 at 4:33 am - Reply

    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…

  3. Midori February 4, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

    WOOOW! Amazing location! Really beautiful!

  4. Stephanie February 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

  5. Eric || The Bucket List Project February 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    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

  6. Tiana Harris February 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I’ll be in Alaska on a cruise in July. I can’t wait after seeing this!

  7. Cat | For Two, Please February 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Wow that glacier looks majestic! Looks like a must see in Alaska!

  8. Laura February 5, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    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.

  9. Angie February 5, 2017 at 2:49 am - Reply

    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!

  10. tracy collins February 5, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    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!

  11. Clare February 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

  12. Paul and Carole February 6, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    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!

  13. Travel Lexx February 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful place – Alaska just looks MAGICAL! Sounds like you had an incredible time and fjord looks mesmerising! Thanks for sharing

  14. Oana February 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    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.

  15. Shona February 8, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    We loved Alaska, especially the glaciers. An incredible experience! Am really enjoying your adventures!

  16. Lisa February 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    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!

  17. wayfaringsarah February 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Epic! I love following your adventure 🙂

  18. Urska from sliva February 23, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Wauu looks like your really had an adventure!

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