Alaska Nature September 25, 2018
by Carey Seward Sail Through This Gorgeous Fjord In Alaska For The Perfect Fall Trip
Prince William Sound is a beautiful place to see, one of the iconic places people think of when they think of Alaska. The deep blue of the glacial crevasses and the glittering water bring to mind all the snowy grandeur Alaska is known for. Head to this gorgeous fjord to see a remarkably beautiful piece of Alaska: College Fjord. A visit to this picturesque spot will burn into your brain and you’ll never forget the wild, cool beauty of this place.
College Fjord is in the northernwestern part of Prince William Sound. The fjord cuts 40 kilometers into the heart of the rugged Chugach Mountains.
The spot contains five tidewater glaciers, the term for glaciers that terminate in water, as well as five large valley glaciers and dozens of smaller glaciers.
The glaciers tumble down toward the water over steep hillsides like frozen waterfalls. The sites are simply breathtaking near these giants of the natural world.
In 1899 during the Harriman Expedition, the glaciers were given Western names that they are known by today. The expedition included professors from both Harvard and Amherst and they named many of the glaciers after colleges.
Harriman named the glaciers along the left side of the fjord after East Coast Ivy League women's colleges and those on the right after men's colleges.
The two largest tidewater glaciers in the fjord are Harvard Glacier in the center and Yale Glacier to the southeast.
Both the Harvard and Yale Glaciers originate from the same snowfield, yet the Harvard Glacier has advanced over the last century, while the Yale Glacier has retreated.
The remote and incredible College Fjord is considered one of the most scenic fjords in the world with spectacular glacier viewing.
From this amazing location, there are over a dozen major glaciers in the fjord that are all surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains. At one point, it is possible to see eight glaciers at once.
Visit the College Fjord, one of the best places to view glaciers in the world, for a magical glacier boat ride in Alaska.
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