CRUISING TRACY ARM FJORD, ALASKA

Updated: Mar 15, 2020


​​Once we entered Tracy Arm Fjord.... whales whales whales everywhere! Traveling through Frederick Sound, which is known for being one of the best places in the world to see humpbacks, proved to be true.

Whale tail, Tracy Arm Fjord

The most exciting adventure was our experience with a huge Killer whale..an Orca! We were in the small dingy, going to check out icebergs when we saw a black six-foot fin coming up out of the water close by the boat. Slowly his enormous black body rose up and rolled gracefully in the water. We were shocked, scared, and amazed at the same time. We followed him closely taking pictures for a long time knowing this was a once in a lifetime experience.

Orca Tracy Arm Fjord

Orca Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska


Orca on his back Tracy Arm

Orca Tracy Arm Fjord

We traveled up Tracey Arm about 22 miles to see the North and South Sawyer Glaciers. Icebergs were everywhere, smaller chunks, as well as some the size of a truck and larger, were floating in the water. The currents were strong, as well as the abundance of icebergs, making it extremely difficult to make it to the face of the glacier, but we did.


Iceberg Sawyer Glacier

Iceberg Sawyer Glacier

Tracy Arm Fjord Iceberg

Tracy Arm Fjord Iceberg

We would hear rumbling that sounded like thunder and suddenly a wall of ice was crashing to the sea, sending waves that rocked Catchin' Moments. They say these waves from the crash can get up to 25 feet high. It was dangerous and mesmerizing at the same time!

Sawyer Glacier yacht cruise

Sawyer Glacier Calving

Sawyer glacier calving in Tracy Arm

Sawyer glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord

Girl on yacht sawyer glacier

There were seals lying on the icebergs, so of course, my dad and I got in the dingy to get up close glamor shots of these cuties. They were more curious about the dingy than scared of us, which ended in great photos. We ended up getting trapped by icebergs and barely got out, so we returned to the boat. Tracy Arm was a highlight of our trip and we will never forget it.

Dingy in Icebergs Sawyer glacier

Seal on Iceberg Tracy Arm Alaska

Seal Sleeping Tracy Arm Fjord

Seals on Iceberg Tracy Arm

Seal Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska

Seals on Iceberg Sawyer glacier

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