Tracy Arm (Alaska)
United States of America
A visit to this icy world of savage beauty is repeatedly described as an unmissable, holiday highlight.
Tracy Arm is a narrow, deep fjord near Juneau, Alaska, named after former secretary of the navy, General Benjamin F Tracy. Nearly 50 kms long, the twin Sawyer Glaciers are located at the furthest end of the fjord.
Sailing through narrow passages carved out by glaciers, vertical cliffs rise up from the water whilst numerous waterfalls send torrents of water plunging downwards. A sense of adventure is definitely in the air.
Both tidewater Sawyer Glaciers are actively carving leading to enormous chunks of ice falling into the water. Some pieces are the size of buildings, thankfully some just a few metres long. Often an electric blue hue, it’s a stunning sight. The noise of the ice as it tumbles into the water lives up to its name, white thunder. The sound reverberates through the air, bouncing off the narrow walls with larger chunks of ice creating huge wakes.
Tracy Arm Fjord is a designated wilderness area within the Tongass National Forest, as such there are plenty of opportunities to observe the local wildlife. Bears, wolves, eagles and mountain goats all pass through. Harbor seals rear their young on the ice floating in the fjords and whales and sealions are regular visitors. There are camera opportunities galore.