Whittier – Glaciers, Bears & Whales

This is a big post so bear with me (see what I did there?). Whittier is just to the east of Anchorage but on the way there you’ll pass the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre. They have bears, moose, elk and more. On their site you can read about each animal individually – their story, name, family etc. You drive around a loop round and stop/walk as often as you like to see the animals. The part that really got to us is just how beautiful the location is. Nothing feels caged or threatened here. Every space was large and the landscape with the mountains in the back is just gorgeous. All the animals seemed really content and happy. I’m not a big fan of zoo’s but this was a really positive experience and a great place to support.

From there you drive into Whittier. Whittier is a small town and the only land access to it is through a tunnel. This tunnel is shared amongst cars and trains, therefore you will want to look online and check the time slots that you can pass through it or you’ll be waiting awhile. Driving through there was pretty intense as it is very small and enclosed – you’re also going through there for about ten minutes so it feels like an eternity. On the other side Whittier is very open and surrounded by these amazing mountains.

We had booked with Major Marine Tours to go on a Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise (what a name). There are several companies that do it but this one had smaller groups and seemed more intimate. The total trip was around five hours but the time flew by. If you opt for it there is a buffet that features salmon and prime rib (it was pretty delicious and there was tons left over for seconds). On the actual boat is the captain who was constantly on the lookout for wildlife and pointed out several whales (I think in total we saw four). There is also a park range who explains what you’re looking at and points out things of interest. A highlight for me was getting to see glacier calving. The delay of sight to sound is ridiculous and then the actual noise is deafening loud. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one I won’t forget. Obviously the sound itself is absolutely gorgeous as well, and we went on a perfect day. We ended up seeing eagles, whales, sea otters, seals and salmon. It was great getting to spy out the animals whilst drinking cocktails made with glacier ice they collected off the boat haha.

This was a true highlight of the trip and a place in Alaska that I think is underrated but so incredible beautiful. Just the blue and green ratio of all these images is stunning and of course photos never do landscapes any justice (unless you’re Ansel Adams). On Wednesday I go solo from my friends and show you what I got up to in Juneau!

Discussion

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Let's go! - Israel

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Let's go! - Barcelona

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Let's go! - Bristol

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Sophie Newton

Let's go! - Zurich

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Let's go! - Japan

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima

Osaka

Koyasan

Kyoto 2

Kyoto

Tokyo & DisneySea

Tokyo

Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff