Columbia Glacier Cruise – July 5, 2024

July 5, 2024


Columbia Glacier Cruise


Captain Greg

Trip highlights

                              Glacier Ice Often Takes Center Stage On Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

Whales, puffins, seals, otters, sea lions and Orcas are frequently seen on our glacier & Wildlife tours, but it’s often the glaciers and sea ice that people get very excited about.

There are various sizes and names of ice that breaks off from the glaciers and can be seen above the water. Brash ice is some of the smallest ice burgs weighing in at approximately zero to three feet above the water. Growlers are about three to seven feet above the water and about the size of a truck below the water. Bergy bits are seven to 15 feet above the ocean. Any ice more than 15 feet is considered an ice berg.

The colors of blue that can be seen in the ice is incredible, and rainy or overcast days can be the best time to see the array of blues in the ice, because there is less light reflected off the ice by the sun, so the human eye can see more of the various spectrums of blue within the ice. So don’t let rain or clouds keep you from seeing the beautiful blues glacial ice has to offer.

According to an article written and published online by Glacier Bay National Parks, “blue is the color of pure glacier ice, compact with few air bubbles, since the air is squeezed out from the weight of the ice. Pure ice has the properties of minerals. Like sapphires, glacial ice reflects the blue colors of the light spectrum, so beautiful blue color reaches our eyes. Glacial ice mostly looks white, since it is typically jagged and worn from exposure. Glacial ice can also look black and brown from the rock and debris plucked up by the ice in its journey down the mountainside and incorporated into the flowing glacier.

Book a Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruise and come see all the glacial ice for yourself!

animals seen

  • Arctic Tern
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  • Bald Eagle
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  • Black-Legged Kittiwakes
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  • Cormorants
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  • Harbor Seals
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  • Humpback Whales
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  • Oystercatcher
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  • Pigeon Guillemot
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  • Puffins
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  • Sea Otters
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  • Steller Sea Lions
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  • Surf Scoter

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