Glacier Bay is one of the must see areas of Alaska. Like so many of the truly wild places, it can only be seen by airplane or by boat. Luckily for us, we were on a big boat, otherwise referred to as a ship. Visiting the bay by ship is a bit like going back in time to the ice age. There are glaciers everywhere. It is 3.3 million acres of wilderness that is also part of 25 million acres of a world heritage site. My limited ability with words prevents me from really being able to describe it. I can only say that you have to see it to believe it!
We entered the bay just at dawn and approached the ranger station to pick up our ranger team by boat. They provided a guided tour of the bay from the bridge and several rangers strolled the promenade deck to answer questions during the day. Once again, we had a great day to view the bay, the glaciers, wildlife and the panoramic views.
One of the things that is hard to grasp is the scale of what you are looking at. While it does look beautiful and impressive, unless you have something to compare what you are looking at, it is difficult to actually get the scale. In the picture below, you may not see it at first, but if you will look at the enlarged first picture below, you will see a sister ship to the one we are on close up to a glacier. That gives you a better perspective of scale.
Some of the glaciers have picked up so much of the underlying earth that they are nearly black in color.
We did see several glaciers calving, but not any really huge splits. However, some of them were shedding many tons of ice into the water. I did get some great HD video, but the files are too large for blogger. So I have included a couple of camera shots.
While enjoying this amazing place, you could still relax in comfort.
This part of Alaska is not to be missed.