What is your favorite Alaska glacier?

I would have to vote for Marjorie glacier in glacier bay. With Hubbard being a close second. What are yours?

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13 Answers

Whichever glacier I am looking at is my favorite. I love all the glaciers in Alaska but alas they are slowing getting smaller.

Childs Glacier, 49 miles on the Copper River Highway from Cordova. Very difficult to get to currently though because the bridge at mile 36 is closed.

Next is Hubbard Glacier at the head of Yakutat Bay, cruise ships crossing the gulf of Alaska often visit Hubbard.

Childs is more active than Hubbard during July and August when the Copper River is highest.

Great forum topic! Happy

I don't have a specific favorite glacier, but I had an amazing time on the 26 Glacier Cruise out of Whittier when I sailed on Diamond Princess back in 2009.

You get so much closer to the glaciers than you do on the cruise ship, and you're much closer to the water to see wildlife. Was really a great experience and would highly recommend it if you travels every take you to or through Whittier (or even as a day trip from Anchorage).

Hubbard! It's awesome!

I liked Explorer Glacier. I was very lucky when I did my Alaska cruise. The buss ride from the airport to the ship typically takes about 4 hours and is non stop. We got a young guy driver that said "I'm not allowed to stop the buss unless somebody is getting car sick, if your going to get car sick now would be a good time as were passing the rest stop where you can walk out, cross a small stream and be at the foot of Explorer Glacier" A bunch of us said we were car sick so we had to pull off the road for a bit. It was great, walking through a stand of trees then the stream (small enough to step over) then at the foot of the glacier. He also suggest if anyone car sick to stop at a convenience market if the car sick people needed soda or snacks to "help with the nausea."

My parents were on a different buss to the ship, Mom was worried because they got to the ship an hour before we did. Then she was kind of upset that their driver just sat down shut up and drove 4 hours non stop and not a word, I ended up with a tour on the way in with the driver stopping at the two places and slowing down at a stream to see the Salmon swimming up stream and he explained the petrified forest from the land dropping in the earth quake showing up the level the ground had dropped.

Needless to say our driver got a lot of tips for the tour on the way to the ship.


Mr. Kennicot great shots thanks for the pictures. Thanks for the link to child's glacier.

Glomarrone mentions that the Alaskan glaciers are shrinking. Very true, true for just about all of them, and they number into the thousands. One of the most interesting in this regard is the Columbia Glacier. Not far from where I was born and raised, so I have watched it shrink back and down.

Back by over a dozen miles. I first started flying on Prince William Sound as a private pilot in 1957 and by 1960 I was flying commercially. During that period the huge face of the glacier had pretty much been secure near the north shore of Heather Island for many years. Today the face of Columbia is way back by the Great Nuwatak, a distance of over 12 miles.

Our company, Cordova Airlines flew both bush and mainline aircraft. We would take our DC-3s on tourist flights out of Anchorage and fly along the face of the glacier while running up the engines and flattening the props. The noise would often cause the glacier to calve.

Here is a picture of Alaska Steamship's SS Northwestern taken about 1923 in front of Columbia Glacier. Also is a link to satellite images of the glacier from 1984 to 2014 when it retreated 12 miles. Click on the dots to see how far the glacier had moved back for each year. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/columbia_glacier.php

Taken about 1971. The now retired Alaska State Ferry, SS EL Bartlett, in front of Columbia Glacier.

At that time the Alaska Marine Highway System, during the summers on the route between Valdez and Whittier was still diverting, mid-way, in the voyage in order to allow travelers this view. As Columbia Glacier shrank back and local excursion operators complained over competition from the public ferry system, this practice was eventually discontinued.


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