This is one destination Ursula and I had never visited in our previous five cruises to Alaska — Disenchantment Bay and the Hubbard Glacier. The Hubbard Glacier wall is actually two glaciers that merge about six miles northeast of the bay. The much smaller and narrower Valerie Glacier is pictured in the image below. The boundary between Valerie and Hubbard is the dark area (moriane) on the right side of the image. The moraine on the left is debris scoured by Valerie’s edge scraping along the valley wall.
Here’s an false-color aerial view from the Wikipedia article on Hubbard Glacier:
You’ll recall that I got some great ice calving shots at Margerie Glacier, but these events were even more spectacular at Hubbard. I’ll be showing you video of one enormous chunk of ice several stories tall crashing intto Disenchantment Bay in an upcoming video I made of the glaciers we visited. Until then, below is an example of the huge pieces of ice that calve off the Hubbard Glacier. Bear in mind when you look at this chunk of blue that the wall of ice behind it is hundreds of feet tall.
But don’t just photograph the glacier if you’re lucky enough to find a cruise ship that heads out this way. Capture as well the interesting icebergs dotting the bay.
Also take time to notice the surrounding landscape.
We’ll continue our Hubbard tour on Wednesday. Until then, here’s today’s slide show (click and enjoy):