Wrangell, Alaska, US
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Approximately 4 Hours
Le Conte Glacier is the southernmost tidewater glacier in the United States. Because the water in front of the face is so deep -- up to 800 feet -- there's nowhere for the glacier to advance. Instead, it just breaks into pieces.
What makes this glacier so special is the speed at which it moves, causing plenty of 'calving' events, leaving the bay full of icebergs, large and small -- a challenge to navigate.
From the jet-boat, you may see huge chunks of ice calving off the glacier, and you're sure to see icebergs and bergy bits on the way into the bay. Harbor seals haul out on the floating ice to raise their pups away from predatory orca whales. Humpback whales are often seen at the mouth of the bay feeding on the schools of herring and krill.
In the narrow inlet, with towering granite walls of Le Conte Bay, you can see how glacial action has carved the landscape -- the closer you are to the ice, the newer the land.
Please note: It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Wear close-toe shoes. Guests weighing 300 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare.