Gary Arndt

Alaska National Parks Week, Final Day!

We end this series visiting the most popular national park in Alaska: Glacier Bay National Park.

What makes this park the most popular in Alaska is very simple: cruise ships.

Almost every cruise ship which travels through the inside passage in Alaska will pay a visit to the park. The vast majority of the visitors will never set foot inside the park, rather they will only view it from the deck of a ship.

That being said, that isn’t really so bad because the most spectacular parts of the park can only be seen by ship. The glaciers in the park can really only be seen by ship, and this is especially true if you want to witness glacial calving, the act of giant chunks of ice falling into the water.

Watching calving can be difficult because you are far enough away that there is a noticeable delay between hearing something and seeing something. By the time you here the crash into the water, the event has already happened. This makes it very hard to photograph.

If you are interested in visiting the park outside of a cruise ship, it is very doable. The park is connected by road to the town of Gustavus, Alaska. To get there, however, you need to either fly or take a ferry as the town isn’t connected by road to the rest of the state.

The park service offers their own boat tours from the visitor center on ships which are much much smaller than the cruise ships which visit. They can also get close to the glacier than cruise ships can because of their size.

There can be some confusion with Glacier National Park in Montana, and Glacier National Park in British Columbia. All three parks are separate despite the similar names.

Glacier Bay National Park is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. ⠀
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1,804 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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@outdoorcracks

Alaska deruved from turkiq (kyrgyz word) word Ala+ aska meaning variegate rock🙌

@karimsnipery

😢omaigod

@ingrid189

Spectacular! Every single shot <3!

@zasmeyer

fantastic

@claudia_dasilva_ds

@camille.sa tout plein de sea lions 🤩😍

@blue_planet_travels

Great info in your caption. Did you learn about or see changes in the glaciers due to climate?

@threekidsandawheaten

My family & I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for 4 years. I tell everyone I can that they should visit Alaska in their lifetime! Gorgeous place and gorgeous photos!

@thekarths

Gorgeous 😍

@marginsaskatoon

Wow! Sooo beautiful, especially the first one and of course, ha, the bears and seals! 👏🏻😊❤️

@donna57macdougall

I was lucky to see this park from a cruise ship. Love your photos & the info you provide about the park.

@joannestrada59

So excited to say I’ve seen this spectacular view!! So beautiful 😍

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