Norwegian Sun Enters Glacier Bay


Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

The glaciers of Alaska are incredible sights.  And the glacier you’ll get closest to on any cruise is Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.  As you approach Margerie Glacier you’ll be greeted by myriad waterfalls cascading into the bay.

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Early in the season you’ll also see unmelted snowfields flowing down vegetation-covered bedrock and exposed granite.  These photos were taken very early in the cruise season, on June 4 of this year.

Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

Early in the morning the Norwegian Sun picked up several National Park Rangers at the Glacier Bay Lodge Visitor Center and proceeded for several hours up the Tarr Inlet to arrive at Margerie Glacier.

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Marjorie Glacier is 21 miles/34 kilometers long, 350 feet/110 meters thick, and 1 mile/1.6 kilometers wide.  It’s also a very active glacier if you want to see ice calving from its face into the water.  Have your camera ready, because you’ll see the ice breaking off several seconds before the cracking sound reaches your ears.  You’ll have to be quick!

Glacier Bay

Ice crashing off Margerie Glacier

Looking at the layers of ancient ice is looking back millennia in time.  And remember, there’s still 100 feet/30 meters of ice below the surface of the water.

Centuries on Layered Glacial Ice

Centuries on Layered Glacial Ice

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