So simple, so fresh, so utterly amazing. Ice and fire fascinate me at a level that doesn’t really make sense. Watching crystals of H2O and the release of energy as wood burns should be as mundane as watching drops of rain fall from the sky. Yet sit me in front of an open fire or let snowflakes land on my face and I’m hooked.
Take me to a bay of icebergs and my soul almost melts.
LeConte Bay, Alaska
The LeConte Glacier sweeps through Alaska for a full 21 miles as the Northern hemisphere’s most southerly tidewater glacier. For six miles after that, icebergs stud the indigo-blue waters as connections dissolve and the icy giants to rise to the surface.
Not surprisingly, the air is fresh and the navigation treacherous. I was already on a small yacht as part of an InnerSea Discoveries “un-cruise,” but as we reached LeConte, two skiffs took us speeding right beside and even underneath these glacial behemoths.
With clear skies above, the Alaskan sun took on the role of conductor, rousing the bergs into a rhythm of snap, crackle and pop. The temperature increased, forcing the air bubbles into miniature explosions while the ice sculptures cascaded into waterfalls. But don’t take my word for it. Hear the music for yourself by watching the video below…
I visited the LeConte Bay as a guest of American Safari Cruises although all opinions are my own. Video clips were taken with the lightweight Sony NEX5 camera.