Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent, as we learned during the on-board educational lecture.
This glacier is unique in that It has been thickening and advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska since it was first mapped in 1895.
This is unique in that it is a consistent path forward and secondly, because most glaciers have not advanced and many have become thinner during the last century. The ship entered the glacier area mid afternoon and cruised near (very near) Hubbard Glacier. The beautiful blue striations are due to the density of the compacted glacier ice. This glacier is HUGE and dwarfed the cruise ship. With over 350 feet of ice above sea level, it is quite a sight to behold.
The photos do not do justice to the beauty of this area. Sounds similar to thunder or gunshots were constant indications of glacier movement. There was minor calving on this day and that crashing of ice into the water was not captured in the photos but was amazing to watch. We watched the glacier from our stateroom balcony. Those who braved the cold and viewed from the outside deck on the 5th level of the ship were treated to hot chocolate during the glacier experience.