Alaska’s Glacier Bay on offer
August 5, 2009
Try manoeuvring a kayak through icebergs — big ones, small ones, ones that look like alligators and flat-topped bergs that could spell trouble because they are mostly underwater.
Just 250 years ago, this area was all glacier and no bay. Today, hundreds of thousands of tourists cruise Glacier Bay National Park each year, though it’s reachable only by boat or plane.
Most see slices of the expansive wilderness from the deck of a cruise ship but getting up close and personal with the wilderness and paying a little more for an experience that is guaranteed to be one for the memory books is worth it.
This is a good time to visit Alaska too. Ron Peck, president and COO of the Alaska Travel Industry Association, notes that tourism is down by double digits. “What that means for the consumer is great deals and lots of availability. The destination hasn’t changed, only the price.”
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Sitting in the bow of the boat with binoculars trained on Johns Hopkins Glacier — more than 12 miles long and the most active glacier in the park – you can watch as huge chunks of glacial ice crash into the water. You have to be lucky though, some years the ice prevents most boats from getting through.
It looks so blue! Glacier ice is made of large, tightly packed ice crystals. When sunlight hits it, the ice acts like a prism and separates the light. Low energy colors — like red and yellow — are absorbed while blue is reflected.
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