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Alaska: Hubbard Glacier


Our cruise took us close to the Hubbard Glacier, through an ever increasing iceberg field. Eventually it reached the face, quite a magnificent sight. But also sounds… you can hear the ice cracking and breaking, and huge pieces calve off with a sound like a cannon. The ice that breaks off is about 400 years old.

The glacier is 76 miles long and 7 miles along the front, and is one of the few that is still advancing. The face of the glacier reaches heights of 300 feet… plus more below water level. It was foggy, rainy and cold but the cloudy conditions actually emphasized the blue. The blue color is caused by the extremely dense ice formations.

Ice bergs are growing in size

Ice bergs are growing in size

Some take on wild shapes

Some take on wild shapes

Some carry dirt that is 400 years old

Some carry dirt that is 400 years old

Eerie, being on a boat in the icebergs!

Eerie, being on a boat in the icebergs!

It was cold on deck!

It was cold on deck!

Face of Hubbard Glacier

Face of Hubbard Glacier

A different side of the face

A different side of the face

Entrance to Russel Fjord

Entrance to Russel Fjord

A clloser look at the face

A clloser look at the face

Another view

Another view

  1. Sis
    August 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Beautiful pictures John!

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