Imagine a fjord with water the colour of jade. Littered with thousands of icebergs, the fjord is surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains and countless waterfalls tumbling down the forested slopes. Flocks of seagulls and bald eagles rest on the blue icebergs whilst seals frolic in the water. This is the enchanting Tracy Arm fjord in southeastern Alaska. Cruising through Tracy Arm was a bewildering experience and I had to pinch myself several times to make sure it wasn’t a beautiful dream. Scroll down to follow my cruise through the Tracy Arm fjord.
I stood on the bow of the Wilderness Discoverer for what seemed like ages, taking in the magical images that flooded my brain. The captain expertly steered the ship past the large icebergs whilst the ship’s crew explained the different types of icebergs and the flora and fauna of the area.
The Sawyer glaciers
As we neared the far reaches of the fjord, the two sources of the icebergs came into view: the North Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers! A sea of ice made it difficult to reach the South Sawyer glacier so we continued to the North Sawyer which was relatively free of ice. We hopped into zodiacs for a close-up view of the glacier. A truly awe-inspiring sight!
The mountains, icebergs, glaciers and colours humble the soul with their grandeur and imposing appearance. Needless to say, the cruise through the Tracy Arm fjord is one I will never forget.
Note: a big thank you goes to InnerSea Discoveries for hosting me on their Inside Passage cruise.