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One Last Glimpse of Alaska and Her Glaciers


Today I present my longest (10:45) and most ambitious video to date.  In order you’ll see:

  • 0:20 Mark — Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, includes:
    • An impressive ice calving event at the 1:50 mark and another at 2:02
  • 2:15 Mark — Images of the Norwegian Sun transiting Glacier Bay with additional glaciers
  • 3:42 Mark — Norwegian Sun’s sunset transit past the majestic mountains of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park with stunning images of snow-capped mountains bathed in the reddish glow of a setting sun
  • 4:22 Mark — Hubbard Glacier, includes:
    • A column of ice probably close to 200 feet/60 meters tall breaking off from the glacier and crashing into Disenchantment Bay at 6:18
  • 8:20 Mark — Portage Glacier

Beginning next week I’ll return to our Chile-to-Los Angeles cruise.  You’ll recall we got sidetracked with Alaska following my presentation of the Costa Rican jungle.  We’ll take up with our next stop on that voyage — Nicaragua.

As for this week’s remaining blog post, it’s a Fun Firearm Friday with a look at another historic firearm.

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The Norwegian Sun Explores Margerie Glacier


Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

The Norwegian Sun spent well over an hour very close to the face of the Margerie Glacier, slowly rotating to give viewers stunning views from both sides of the ship.

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

This means that if you have a balcony cabin then there is no need to go above decks to get marvelous views.  Just hang out on your balcony and click away.

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Make sure you stand ready to catch ice falling into the waters.  This makes for some dramatic photos, and very dramatic video as you’ll see later in this glacier series.

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Another nifty feature to catch is melting water tunneling through the glacier and pouring into the bay.

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Click on any image below for today’s gallery slide show:

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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

Click on any image below to bring up today’s slide show gallery:

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