Hubbard Glacier is located in Eastern Alaska and in the Yukon area. It is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It is also a glacier that is visited by the Disney Wonder on their 9-Night Alaskan Cruise.
Hubbard Glacier is a bit of an oddity when being compared to other glaciers. As it is currently thickening and growing towards the Gulf of Alaska. Whereas, most glaciers are shrinking and decreasing in size. And this is happening because the increase and decrease in size is due to the calving of the glacier, rather than being dictated by the climate fluctuations.
When compared to Dawes Glacier (Endicott Arm) – the other glacier visited on a Disney Cruise – the approach isn’t as speccy as Endicott Arm, but the actual glacier is much more spectacular at Hubbard Glacier! In some places, the glacier stretches further than the eye can see, with plenty of calving.
Just be warned, as it’s the furthest north you will go on the cruise, so it’s most likely to be the coldest day on the cruise, so rug up! Since the glacier is so wide, you’ll at least get a good view of it anywhere on the deck.
One last thing – the Wonder visits Hubbard Glacier only once a year on their annual 9-Night Cruise from Vancouver. I was lucky enough to be on the the cruise last year and in the next 2 Alaska seasons that have been released, it will only visit once a season, so if you’re keen to visit, get in quick!!
Did you get to visit Hubbard Glacier last year? Or are you thinking about going on one of their 9-Night Cruises in the future?