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Hubbard Glacier

Listed under Frozen Landscapes in Alaska, United States.

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The Hubbard Glacier is one of Alaskas best known glaciers, probably for the dramatic photos capturing it’s 10km wide and 150 metre high meeting with the ocean and the catastrophic cracks as large portions of it break up in the warmer sea water becoming vast icebergs. It is also a popular site for cruises. The journey of the ice in the Hubbard Glacier from Mount Logan to Disenchantment Bay takes almost four hundred years to reach the ocean, though at it‘s points of most flux it can move at speeds of up to a couple of feet a day. Hubbard is one of the world’s few advancing glaciers and in it’s push towards the Gulf Of Alaska it has cleaved the flow of several rivers to the sea and damned the Russel Fjord before suffering huge cave ins.

Written by  Pavel Rejstra.

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This looks beautiful definitely now on my to-do list.

We just returned from the Hubbard Glacier via the Celebrity Mercury 9-12-10 thru 9-19-10 cruise. Weather was very unusual for September. Clear, sunny and about 65 degrees at the glacier, and all week. Captain was able to get closer than he has in 4 months.! We were very lucky!

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You're SO lucky by the sounds of it. Where else did your cruise take you?

Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan

The only place we did not have clear sunny skies was near the Vancouver BC port getting on and off the ship.

Hubbard Glacier is on our itinerary on Holland Amerika's MS Amsterdam sailing July 4th. Thanks to all contributors for this preview. The pictures are just superb.

Bert and Molly

Victoria, British Colombia

My wife and I just visited the Hubbard glacier on an Alaska cruise aboard the Celebrity Mercury. It is an awesome sight, made much more enjoyable reading about it and viewing pictures on Google. Our day there was overcast, but dry and clear. We were able to get within 1/3 of a mile from the face.

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