Covering 3.3 million acres of mountains, dynamic glaciers, rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site, which is one of the world’s largest international protected regions. It offers literally limitless opportunities for adventure.
Melting off of a part of Alaska’s allure is not all bad news for the 49th state’s glaciers. While most of more than 100,000 glaciers in Alaska are actually getting thinner, retreating or stagnating, Johns Hopkins and Margerie glaciers are advancing, probably fed by snowfall from the Fairweather Range.
These are just two of the icy wonders in the 3.3 million-acre national park in southeast Alaska. The last of its four glacial periods began about 4,000 years ago.