All around the anchorage are ice bergs drifting. They calve off the glacier faces and drift out into Frederick Sound. Sometimes they find their way into the anchorage, so you need to be ready to fend them off at any time.
|Ice berg hovering outside the anchorage|
We had a typical Alaska overcast day, but little to no active rain.
|Typical Alaska day|
There are dozens of waterfalls emptying into the Arm. Mist and low clouds add lots of drama
Here is a much bigger berg working it's way out towards the sound. It's about 200' long.
In the picture below we are approaching South Sawyer Glacier. In the crotch of the mountains you can see the glacier, and right along the waterline horizon you can see a wall of ice debris.
|South Sawyer Glacier in the distance|
And lots of scattered bergs, including a sail boat for perspective.
|Bergs and a sail boat in Tracy Arm|
|Cruise ship with a cloud of exhaust.|
And here we are getting slowly closer and closer. We were able to make it through one or two bands of ice, but never closer than around mile from the glacier's face. It was totally packed with ice.
Below are some shots up close by South Sawyer Glacier
|South Sawyer Glacier calving|
|South Sawyer Glacier|
The ice is forever shifting around and on the way out we encountered quite a wall that we had to pick very slowly through. We had a couple of sail boats right behind us taking advantage of the path that we made. On the radar below you can see how dense the ice was.
|Choked in by ice|
Next we went to the north fork to see the Sawyer Glacier, and this time there were no other boats. What a difference. We were able to get up very close to the glacier itself, as well as a number of ice flows around it. Our chart showed us about 3/4nm inland from the face of the glacier, so clearly it has receded a bunch since that chart was last updated.
The patterns and colors of the rock walls were amazing. Notice how smooth it has been worn by the glacier as it receded.
|Rock wall bordering Sawyer Glacier|
On the way out, we continued to enjoy may more bergs
This last berg had a visitor
|Eagle on ice berg|