Alaska Glacier Cruise
After leaving Juneau, we enjoyed another day at sea but this time not out in the ocean but instead, in the heart of Glacier Alaska, as we enjoyed some scenic cruising into Glacier Bay. Indeed, the views there are truly amazing. Altogether, we spent over an hour at Margerie Glacier which is really spectacular. If you told me before I went that I would spend an hour gazing at it and still wish I could stay longer I’d have said you were mad. But there is something really mesmerizing about it. Even more so when you think about the threat to this and other glaciers from global warming and climate change. Of course, it would be an absolute tragedy if we lost these magnificent sights.
Normally, I’d talk you through the photos a bit more but somehow, Glacier Bay Alaska speaks for itself. So, before I tell you all about it, here are some of my photos. Enjoy.
Margerie Glacier in Alaska
Of course, I couldn’t just leave it at that so I’ll now talk a little bit about some of the highlights. All in all, one of the absolute highlights of this part of the trip was our up-close view of the Marjerie Glacier. To give you an idea of where in Alaska it is specifically. It sits at the foot of Mount Root in Alaska but is actually also very close to the Canadian border. In fact, Marjerie is currently 34 km long and approximately 1.6km wide. Moreover, it was declared a National Monument in 1925.
A Popular Sight
I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s an emphatically spectacular sight. Indeed, the photos don’t do it justice and it is far more impressive up close. Fortunately, for us, the ship sailed especially close and we got a fantastic view. As can be seen in the photo below, it was a popular sight on the Volendam and lots of passengers were out on the deck for this part of the trip. Certainly, we didn’t see this many people outdoors before or after the day in Glacier Bay as it was really far too cold for most people.
Fortunately, there are plenty of viewing opportunities on a ship this size and so we didn’t have any trouble getting a good look.
The photo above gives you some idea of how close we were to the Margerie Glacier. You can see the ice floating in the sea all around us. One of the things you don’t see clearly in the photos is how blue the glacier is. Apparently, this happens because when snow falls on it, it becomes compressed and then air bubbles escape creating ice crystals. This makes the ice in the glacier appear blue. Fascinating stuff!
I’ve included the short video above to give you a better idea of what it was like to be there.
Since it is a National Park, Glacier Bay has its own park rangers. Throughout our visit to the bay, we were accompanied on board by the park rangers. They gave us a fabulous commentary about the park over the ship’s loudspeakers. Unfortunately, we had to leave the National Park at the end of the day. I could have stayed much longer. Here you can see them waving goodbye as their boat returned to the park and we sailed south towards Ketchikan.
We still had a few sights to enjoy though as we sailed south. Paul and I spent hours on the deck looking for whales and we did see the odd water spout but no real whale sighting. Instead, we spotted some sea lions sunbathing on a rock just outside the national park.
Catch up with the rest of our round the world trip
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