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Hubbard Glacier Travel Blog

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Coming up to the Hubbard Glacier.

The Hubbard Glacier was absolutely amazing.  I figured glaciers are completely white, but apparently I was wrong.  They appear blue because of how dense the water concentration is or something like that.  You can see in the photos.  Anyway, we got up very early because we were going to be arriving at the glacier by 10 am.  We got up and out for 9 am because we figured all the good spots on the ship would be taken.  We were wrong.  Here's the trick!  Everyone always goes to the front of the boat because they get the first look as the ship approaches the glacier; however, the best spot is actually on one of the sides (usually the left side I don't know the nautical name) because the boat is going to turn sideways and be parallel to the glacier.

Nothing but scenery until then. Beautiful, lush, green mountains.
  Then, the Captain stops the boat for a bit and EVERYONE is now trying to take your spot.  It is very cold, so dress warm.  Royal Caribbean had blankets on the pool decks for people to use.  Also, my other advice would be to get your photo taken by those cruise people; other passengers seem to move out of the way when they are taking a picture but not when you want to take your own.

Back to the glacier....it was massive!  I can't even tell you how big this thing was, and there was another glacier coming down a mountain to the left of it and the two met in the ocean.  There are thousands of icebergs floating in the ocean for several miles back.  Each ship stops and has about 30 or 40 minutes parked alongside the glacier.  This is a great opportunity for pictures and just to see how beautiful it is.

Mom, we finally made it to the glacier.
  Our ship was only 200 feet away from it.  All around you, it sounds like thunder and groaning-it's actually the ice shifting and cracking.  We saw a lot of really big pieces break off and fall into the ocean.  It was amazing!

My pictures are only small sections of Hubbard Glacier.  I actually did one of those scenery shots, where you take a bunch of pictures and then put them back together like a puzzle.  It's the only way to see how massive it really is.  Also, I don't know why the map shows us traveling so far.  It's in Alaska, I'm not too sure why the map is screwed up.  If you have any ideas, let me know.  :)

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Coming up to the Hubbard Glacier.
Coming up to the Hubbard Glacier.
Nothing but scenery until then.  B…
Nothing but scenery until then. …
Mom, we finally made it to the gla…
Mom, we finally made it to the gl…
Hubbard up close.  Its not even h…
Hubbard up close. It's not even …
End of Hubbard and icebergs as we …
End of Hubbard and icebergs as we…
Shot together.
Shot together.
A piece just broke off.
A piece just broke off.
Hubbard Glacier General Tips & Advice review
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Hubbard Glacier
photo by: shirlan