Hubbard Glacier originates in the St. Elias Mountains in Canada and flows a full 76 miles before terminating in Yakutat Bay, Alaska. This is one of the fastest moving glaciers in Alaska, as well as the longest tidewater glacier. Constantly advancing, it completely blocked Russell Fjord back in 1986, creating a lake that was dubbed “Russell Lake” and trapping a large assortment of marine animals, until it receded several months later and re-opened the fjord.
This is a popular cruise option for several lines, including Celebrity, Holland America and Royal Caribbean. Passengers enjoy views of varied marine wildlife as well as the exciting phenomenon of the glacier ice calving into the water. The ice cliff of the glacier is the longest accessible ice face in Alaska and is roughly 6 miles wide. The ice seen calving into the water is estimated to be at least 400 years old, as it takes that long for ice to travel the entire length of the glacier.
Alaska cruises that visit Hubbard Glacier:
Celebrity Cruise Line:
• Century, Millennium
• Coral Princess, Diamond Princess, Island Princess, Sapphire Princess
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line:
• Radiance of the Seas
Additional Hubbard Glacier cruise information:
• National Park Service – Hubbard Glacier
This link is for an interesting Hubbard Glacier page from the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve site. Great aerial photos of Hubbard Glacier over time.