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The Magnificent Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Photo of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska on Celebrity Eclipse Alaska Cruise

Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

While you consider Alaska, what photos come to thoughts? For us, it’s huge glaciers, humpback whales and huge rugged wilderness. So, when planning our Alaska cruise in the summertime of 2019, we determined to go to the mighty Hubbard Glacier in Alaska’s picturesque Disenchantment Bay.

The Hubbard Glacier is known for being North America’s largest tidewater glacier. It’s over 120 kilometres lengthy (75 miles), 11 km vast (7 miles) and flows straight into Disenchantment Bay, which feeds into the North Pacific Ocean. 

The Hubbard Glacier peak is claimed to be 600 toes at its terminal face (350 toes uncovered above the waterline and 250 toes under the waterline – supply). For perspective, this is similar peak because the Area Needle in Seattle, Washington. It’s HUGE!

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Guest viewing the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska on Celebrity Eclipse Alaska Cruise

The place is Hubbard Glacier situated? 

The Hubbard Glacier location is on the tip of Disenchantment Bay. It connects to Yakutat Bay within the Gulf of Alaska. The precise location of the Hubbard Glacier is inside Wrangell-St Elias Nationwide Park and Protect, which is north of Glacier Bay Nationwide Park. Right here’s a Hubbard Glacier map.

You can’t attain the Hubbard Glacier by automobile. Except you’ve got a personal boat, you’ll need to hitch an Alaska cruise to see the Hubbard Glacier. Or, you possibly can take a scenic flight-seeing tour and witness the traditional glacier from the air.

The glacier could be very spectacular and undoubtedly price visiting.

icebergs in Alaska Disenchantment Bay with Hubbard Glacier and mountainsPerspective. That “little” boat is definitely fairly giant. For those who look intently, you will note roughly 25 individuals standing on the highest deck. 

Hubbard Glacier in Alaska on Celebrity Eclipse Alaska Cruise

Additional perspective. The massive cruise ship is dwarfed by the spectacular Hubbard Glacier. 

blue glacier in Alaska

The digicam sensor had a tough time specializing in the glacier. Lots of my pictures captured the glacier as a turquoise blue. Nevertheless, to the bare eye, the glacier seems extra white than the pictures illustrate.

witnessing the Hubbard Glacier from deck of stateroom on Alaska cruise ship Celebrity EclipseView from our stateroom on the Movie star Eclipse cruise ship

This stateroom is taken into account an obstructed view due to the orange life boat, nonetheless, as you possibly can see, the ocean views are minimally impacted. It’s fairly unimaginable to witness a large calving glacier from the personal deck of your stateroom. 

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The Alaska cruise departs from Vancouver and takes 4 days to achieve the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

The Movie star Eclipse floats gently beside the glacier. It rotates 360 levels so visitors on both facet of the ship can see the Hubbard Glacier. The cruise ship doesn’t get too near the calving glacier out of an abundance of warning. Waves and icebergs from glacier calving is harmful. So is the depth and width of the glacier that’s underwater.

The cruise ship spent about an hour inside Disenchantment Bay bay earlier than returning south from the Hubbard Glacier to Juneau, Alaska. The ship sailed in a single day from Juneau to Hubbard Glacier. We arrived on the glacier round 11:00 AM. 

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The compulsory household photograph on the statement deck of the cruise ship.

Hubbard Glacier enjoyable information

  • The ice you see on the terminal face initially fell as snow, as a lot as 500 years in the past. [source]
  • The glacier is over 2,000 toes thick at some places.
  • Hubbard Glacier begins at Mount Logan (2nd tallest mountain in North America at 19,850 toes) within the Yukon Territory in Canada.
  • It ends at Wrangell-St. Elias Nationwide Park and Protect in Alaska, over 120 kilometres later. 

Panoramic views of the Hubbard Glacier

We skilled heavy clouds and overcast skies throughout our go to to the Hubbard Glacier. Though we had been slightly bummed that we didn’t get the total mountain and glacier panorama – like this photograph – we had been informed that it’s fairly frequent for such a climate.

A couple of hours earlier than reaching Yakutat Bay, we overheard crew members say that our Alaskan cruise ship won’t be capable to make it contained in the bay. Hubbard Glacier climate in August is unpredictable. Thankfully, the climate cooperated that morning. The ship was capable of rise up near the glacier.

Company marvel on the glacier from the viewing deck on the cruise ship.

Streams of glacial ice float previous the ship in Disenchantment Bay. The color of the water is an incredible turquoise blue. It’s exhausting to see in these pictures, due to the overcast skies. The water seems much like the glacier fed lakes within the Canadian Rockies (like Moraine Lake in Alberta). 

Connor is mesmerized by the floating chunks of ice that move the cruise ship. 

view from upper deck on Alaska cruise ship viewing Hubbard Glacier and icebergs

Views of the glaciers and mountains from the statement deck. A spotlight from our Alaska cruise.

You may see the tip of the Hubbard Glacier far off within the distance. The encompassing mountain landscapes are fairly outstanding. Alaska is nature at its best!

Have you ever visited Alaska? 

If not, is an Alaska cruise in your journey want record?

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