Glaciers of Alaska
• Glaciers of Alaska
October 18 in the US, the Day of Alaska. On this day in 1867, the land that formerly belonged to the Russian Empire, was transferred to the United States. We decided to see what it looks like Alaska in our time, and to bring the story of Sasha Cheban.
"The cold breath of blue ice monsters, breaking away from the roar of the sea ... This is probably the strongest impression of Alaska. Although I have seen glaciers in different parts of the world, but never ceases to amaze their beauty and eye-catching photogenic. Humor creates a leaden sky and rain from breaking - short summer in Alaska almost always rainy. Before the trip, I thought it was a constant bad luck with the weather on cruises of Alaska is found in all, but it was cloudy weather attaches to this kind of state, and a unique flavor, "- says Alexander Cheban.
Today I invite you in the vicinity of the town of Juneau (Juneau), which is the state capital. That's right, instead of Anchorage as I thought before. This does not lead roads; web bays and fjords, glaciers and snow-capped peaks, even in the middle of summer - it is a reality harsh life in Alaska. Within an hour's drive from one of the glaciers - Mendenhall (Mendenhall). The most famous in the area. Getting off the ladder cruise ship Celebrity Millenium, we went for a pre-booked tour to the glacier and whale watching boat. With glacier formed perfectly, with whales a little worse, but the cost was relatively low - around $ 120 per person, which for excursions there - just perfect.
The town of Juneau, a port for cruise ships - is a mix of tourist shops and all uninteresting garbage. Therefore, be sure to take excursions in the ports.
On the boat trips are usually 30-50 percent more expensive than in port. However, the Internet can be a more balanced approach to the selection.
Glacier Mendenhall (Mendenhall) is located 20 km from Juneau and has a length of 19 km, but it vacillates, and the size was considerably reduced with for decades.
A 30-minute walk from the car park there vizitor center with information about the glacier, interactive presentations and movies. Very fond of organizing tourist spots in normal countries. On the one hand absolutely pristine nature, and on the other comfortable information centers, paths and bridges. It seems to be plenty of tourists around, but they absolutely do not interfere and are not perceived as something bothersome.
Nature is magical, just makes open your mouth and watch. Words are superfluous, just photos.
Once you can fly a helicopter, but my budget at this time coincided with the helicopter.
By glacier can walk. You see on the left in the photo tourists ?!