1. Gull Island 

    A mecca for seabirds, as many as 20,000 birds inhabit the island. Seen above - common murres, one of the deepest diving birds in the world.

     
  2. Byron Glacier 

    This dog enjoyed the glacier so much. It was a treat to watch it try to swim on ice.

     
  3. Toklat River Stop at Mile 53, Denali National Park

     
  4. Aialik Glacier.

    Below - Glacial calving i.e., huge chunks of ice break off and fall into water resulting in icebergs.

     
  5. Horned Puffin.

     
  6. Farmers market, Anchorage. 

     
  7. The City of Whittier. 

    One of the smallest towns that I’ve been to (total population of around 200 people). The only access to the city by land is through a 2.5 mile tunnel, the 2nd longest highway tunnel in N. America. However, the heart of the city is its harbor - which is a passageway to Prince William Sound. The Portage Glacier trail hike also begins here. 

     
  8. Seward Boat Harbor. 

     
  9. Outwash Plain of the Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park.

    Getting to the toe of the glacier required crossing this outwash plain, consisting of glacial sediments, gravels and rocks.. The exit glacier, along with many others across the world is retreating at an alarming rate due to climate change, leaving behind such massive desolate areas.

     
  10. Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park.

    This is one of my favourite photographs from the trip. This was taken from the side of the glacier, and puts into perspective the magnitude of the active ice that descends from the harding ice field on top. Also, the exposed grey land is the “glacier flour” - aftermath of the glacier’s retreat. 

    Exit glacier is the only part of the Kenai Fjords National Park that is accessible by land. We took a ranger-led hike to this point near the glacier. The history, science and beauty of this geological marvel has left a long-lasting impression on me.