— Cruising College Fjord (Prince William Sound) —

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On the final day of our Alaskan cruise, we drifted through the calm waters of College Fjord.

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Believe it or not, this was the first day all week that the weather was a little overcast with a few drizzling showers, but it certainly didn’t take away from the dramatic scenery we experienced during the 3 hours we cruised through this glorious fjord.

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This fjord is located in the northern sector of Prince William Sound on the south coast of Alaska.

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Like the day before in Glacier Bay, we simply stood on deck with our cameras and binoculars, ready to take in the beauty of Alaska.

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College Fjord boasts the world’s largest collection of tidewater glaciers, five in total, which are glaciers that terminate in salt water where they break off into icebergs.

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In addition, there are also five large valley glaciers and dozens of smaller glaciers.

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The fjord is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains and is only accessible by plane or boat!

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College Fjord gets its name from the fact that professors from Harvard and Amherst were on the 1899 Harriman Expedition when the fjord was discovered.

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As a result, the glaciers were named after several prestigious colleges, most of which are located on the east coast of the United States.

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The glaciers include: Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Harvard, and Yale.

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Unlike the day before, we did not see any ice calving…

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…but we saw impressive glacier fronts…

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…and plenty of broken-off ice floating in the waters below.

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We also saw an ample amount of wildlife during our time in College Fjord, including bald eagles, otters…

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seals…

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sea lions…

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… and even a pair of humpback whales off in the distance!

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Although we cruised through College Fjord for just a few hours, we took enough pictures to make it seem as if we were there for an entire week!

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Check out a video of our amazing day in College Fjord below!


2 Comments:

  1. This is SO beautiful! And your pictures almost make me feel I’m there :)
    Happy travelling!

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