Tracy Arm Fiord – Alaska

The sky was heavily clouded the day we sailed into Tracy Arm …. The most perfect conditions to capture the blue in the glacier and small bergs floating around the fiord. The mountains along the fiord were shrouded in white blankets of low cloud which contrasted beautifully with the deep greens of spruce trees and dark rock cliffs.

Tracy Arm is a fjord in Alaska located about 72 km south of Juneau Alaska, and is the heart of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, designated by the United States Congress in 1980.

The Wilderness consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both are over 48 km long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. During the summer, the fjords have considerable floating ice ranging from hand-sized to pieces as large as a three-story building. During the most recent glaciated period, both fjords were filled with active glaciers.

A young rain forest of spruce and hemlock grows to an elevation of about 500m, and there is plentiful wildlife including brown and black bears, mountain goats, wolves, and a few Sitka black-tailed deer. Harbor seals rear their young on ice floating in the fjords, and whales and sea lions are often seen in the water.

We saw many Bald eagles and shorebirds during the day often perching on the highest and most precarious towers of the Sawyer Glacier.





10 thoughts on “Tracy Arm Fiord – Alaska

    1. You’re asking the wrong person Kathryn …. anything over 15C is hot for me. I recall I was in a few layers of polar fleece so I guess maybe “cool” would describe it 🙂 Others might disagree.


      1. I prefer to be cold myself but the air just looked really chilly! That island called my name!


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