Flying Over Alaska’s Juneau Icefield
I captured this photograph as we flew over the Juneau Icefield in a 10-seater De Havilland floatplane. What an experience! To read more about our experience, click here.
Here’s this on the Juneau Icefield from Wikipedia:
“The Juneau Icefield is an ice field located just north of Juneau, Alaska, continuing north through the border with British Columbia, and is the fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere, extending through an area of 3,900 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi) in the Coast Range ranging 140 km (87 mi) north to south and 75 km (47 mi) east to west. The icefield is the source of many glaciers including the Mendenhall Glacier and the Taku Glacier. The icefield is home to over 40 large valley glaciers and 100 smaller ones. The Icefield serves as a tourist attraction with many travellers flown in by helicopter for quick walks on the 240-to-1,400-metre (790 to 4,590 ft) deep ice and the massive, awe-inspiring crevasses. The icefield, like many of its glaciers, reached its maximum glaciation point around 1700 and has been in retreat since. In fact, of the icefield’s 19 notable glaciers, the Taku Glacier is the only one presently advancing. Much of the icefield is contained within the Tongass National Forest. Since 1948, the Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. On the west side of the icefield, from 1946-2009, the terminus of the Mendenhall Glacier has retreated over 700 metres (0.43 mi).”
Carol and I absolutely love Alaska. In fact, we’re going back for our third trip in the not too distant future.
Our first Alaska cruise was aboard the Norwegian Pearl, our second was aboard the Silversea Cruises Silver Shadow, and our third Alaska cruise will be on the Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.
For this journey, we’ll enjoy 10 days of breathtaking scenery as well as a little pampering from Crystal Cruises as we sail from Vancouver to Anchorage.
If you’re not familiar with Crystal Cruises, keep an eye on our website over the coming weeks as I share with you a few details about this renowned luxury cruise line. Stay tuned….
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