Antarctica has always fascinated and the glaciers situated in the region have always been a visual treat for a wide range of audiences though it is just made up of fallen snow that, over many years, compresses into large , thickened ice masses. Whether it is about small children who love to play with snow or adults, the site of snow excites everyone. Individuals travel to far distances just for the amusement of either exploring or to experience the fun which unravels simultaneously.
Glaciers of Antarctica
1.Prince William Sound
To experience the scenic beauty of iconic glaciers with lots of ice crashing into the ocean one has to visit this tidewater glacier. It originates high in the mountains and covers dozens of miles before joining the sea. Only 90 minutes from Anchorage by car or train, Prince William Sound has more tidewater glaciers than anywhere on earth, and it’s one of the easiest places to take a glacier cruise. Surprise Glacier in Harriman Fjord and Blackstone Bay is the best calving glacier.
2. Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier is the primary destination for visitors to witness the power of the glaciers. It is also home to the Exit Glacier Nature Center and the trail head for the Harding Icefield Trail. Exit glacier gives you the chance to explore how glaciers can change the size of a landscape. You can also learn about how plant life sustains the barren rocky land exposed by a glacier’s retreat. If you’re looking for more of an adventure trip, take the Harding Icefield Trail, which climbs 3,500 feet in 4 miles, and gives great views of the glacier.
3. Glacier Bay National Park
This gigantic glacier covers 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines. Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas.
Glacier Bay is a fabulous place to explore by boat. The Bartlett Cove developed area provides lodging, camping, hiking, and an adventurous hiking in a rainforest setting. The dazzling scenery, crashing glaciers, sea lions, whispering rain, and singing seabirds of Glacier Bay make it a highlight of any Alaska cruise.
4.The Great Gorge
The Great Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges on earth. It runs for a length of 16 km and drops almost 2,000 feet over the distance, creating a mark that forces the Ruth Glacier to descend at an impressive pace. Here you will get the chance to witness solid granite cliffs that rise upto 5,000 feet above the glacier’s surface on either side of the gorge. If the ice were to melt tomorrow, it could create a gulf 2.6 km deep or more than one-half times deeper than the Grand Canyon.
5.Tracy arm Fjord and the Twin Sawyer Glacier
The bends in the fjord glacier add to the spectacular views as the ship changes angles and rambles past ice enroute to the twin Sawyer Glaciers at the head of the fjord. Tracy Arm is 1,200 feet at its deepest point. The only sounds you can hear is of birds chirping, ice creaking as it melts in the water.
The sides of Tracy Arm rise steeply high with many waterfalls visible along the route. One can experience the scenic beauty of the glacial blue water. Sea lions can be seen while eagles, terns, kittiwakes, mew gulls, mergansers and some smaller birds may fly past you.
So this summer step into an ancient age of ice and rock and join a memorable ride to these glaciers. This won’t be an ordinary trip as you will explore new horizons which are yet to be discovered.
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