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Holland America Cruise Tours  Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Glaciers are seldom known for the ability to travel quickly, but Hubbard Glacier has been regarded as the "Galloping Glacier" ever since it dammed Russell Fjord in 1986. The phenomenal one-day movement of the glacier, that caused the dam at the Russell Fjord, created a lake behind it and trapped many marine species.

Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent. A tidewater glacier calves when giant pieces of ice crack off the head of the glacier and fall into the sea. The glacier stretches 76 miles into the sea at Yakutat Bay and Disenchantment Bay.

Alaska Adventure Tour, Alaska Tour Companies:Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Alaska Adventure Tour, Alaska Tour Companies:Hubbard Glacier, Alaska The glacier has an open calving face over six miles wide and reaches over 300 feet in height and is truly a wonder of nature. Hubbard Glacier was first mapped by the International Boundary Commission in 1895 and has been thickening and advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska ever since. This movement is in stark contrast to the majority of glaciers, which have thinned and retreated in the last century.

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