The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Kluane/Wrangel St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini Alsek reserve complex, focusing on the Glacier Bay area, which provides the most popular access for visitors. The rocky headlands, sheer-sided mountains and ice-blue glaciers in this area provide a spectacular introduction to this massive world heritage site, accessible by cruise ship. In the bays and inlets, visitors can observe a diversity of marine and terrestrial wildlife, including harbor seals hauled up on floating ice platforms, sea otters playfully bobbing up and down in the calm waters, and whales breaching with a thunderous splash of water. On suitable rocky outcrops close to the water’s edge seals congregate, while grizzly bears search the rocky shoreline for suitable morsels to eat, alongside black oyster catchers and mountain goats. Bald eagles can be observed soaring around the ice cliffs and diving for fish, while further inland moose and caribou are grazing the mossy hillsides, under the gaze of wolves. This is truly a remarkable wilderness!
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Alexander Shchukin, Amarnath, Anna Borenstein, Arthur LaBar, Alaska magazine, Alaska Mountain Guides, Bud Ellison, Celebrity Cruises, Christopher Chan, John Cornforth, CulturalHeritageOnline, David Bahr, Fred von Lohmann, Gail Hampshire, geospatialservices.org, Glacier Bay Lodge, USFWS, Google Sites, Mark Kelley, Hector Mota, Huffpost, James McLarnan, Jasperdo, Jeffery Beall, Jerry & Pat Donaho, John6536, Wikipedia, Jonathan, Jonathan Irish, Kimberley Vardeman, Kool Cats Photography, Larry Koester, Lindblad Expeditions, Lloyd, Matt Zimmerman, Moon Travel Guides, mpr news, National Park Service, Northwest Navigation Co, Shutterstock, Pontla, Richard Ricciardi, sharetheexperience.org, Twitter and World Journeys.