Hubbard Glacier

The largest non-polar tidewater glacier in the world was one of the major highlights of our cruise adventure.  How could I have forgotten something that has made it to my “Top Picks” list?  Can I blame it on exhaustion from the holiday stress??

Now really… how could I have forgotten the day our ship approached Disenchantment Bay at the head of Yakutat Bay?  We were all bundled up on the gelid deck when the ship slowed down and the glacier came more into a breathtaking view.  As Hubbard advances, it moans and groans as huge chunks of ice moves and eventually crashes into the bay creating a sound the Tlinglits call “White Thunder”.  It does sound like thunder and it took me a while to realize that it was from the falling icebergs.   😛

Yes my friends, Hubbard is one of the eight glaciers that is currently advancing instead of retreating, thickening instead of thinning.  First mapped in 1895, the Hubbard’s huge open face is more than 5 miles wide and actively calves icebergs as large as 10-story buildings.  Once in 1986 and then again in 2002, it has twice blocked the mouth of Russell Fjord making it a lake as high as 90 ft above sea level.

Hubbard Glacier was a sight to remember and it indubitably deserves a post in this blog.   🙂

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12 Responses to Hubbard Glacier

  1. Eileen says:

    Beautiful scenery and photos from the Hubbard Glacier. I’m sure you will always remember your cruise to Alaska.


  2. I really did say “wow” out loud when i opened your blog.


    well done.

    If you get a moment would love for you to stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥


  3. Kathy says:

    Incredible photos! Your cruise must have been a very special trip. And isn’t it great to know that some of the glaciers are healthy!
    Have a beautiful new week…Kathy


  4. Good heavens!!! what a great experience – lovely mosaic!


  5. Great photos in your mosaic.
    We’ll be taking an Alaska cruise in August and I’m really looking forward to it, especially after looking over your post.


  6. mary says:

    Wow, that must have been an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing at MM. 🙂


  7. Becky says:

    Wow, what a wonderful sight to see…thanks for sharing…this must have been a great cruise!!!


  8. Gep says:

    Beautiful!!! Isn’t it amazing how the ice looks blue?


  9. Carol says:

    Amazing photos! Have a great weekend!


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