Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a must for anyone’s bucket list. It is truly stunning. It is located along the south eastern Alaska coastline. The inside passage cruises usually spend a day sailing into, around and out of the bay.
We sailed into Glacier Bay on a rather rainy and windy morning in July aboard the Holland America Line ship, MS Noordam. It was a really cold morning so we rugged up with lots of layers. I was also up early to grab a great spot at the bow of the ship where I set up my tripod to capture the an amazing view of what was to follow.
The clouds slowly lifted while we sailed into the bay in the morning revealing the beautiful glaciers and snow lined mountains. Getting closer to Margerie Glacier, you start to realise the sheer size of this magnificent glacier. Most of the cruise ships spend time here allowing for plenty of photographs.
As we spent time at Margerie Glacier, the clouds started to lift further and blue sky started to appear. This gave a different, yet just as stunning perspective of the bay.
And then there was the wildlife. I’m sure this sea otter was playing up to the all the cameras. In addition to sea otters and seals there was an abundance of other wildlife including an amazing array of birds.
Finally, if the above isn’t enough to encourage you to add Glacier Bay to your bucket list, here are some final photos I hope will help.
- Have at least one spare memory card for your camera as you will take lots of photographs.
- Make sure you have extra camera batteries charged and ready to go because the cold will drain the batteries quickly.
- Rug up – we were there in summer and it was really cold!
If you are in Alaska, make sure you include a trip to Davidson Glacier.