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Tracy Arm Fjord Visitor Tips

Tracy Arm Fjord. Credit: Pixabay license
Tracy Arm Fjord. Credit: Pixabay license

Tracy Arm Fjord, more than 30 miles long, is a scenic cruise destination for some ships that stop at Juneau. The fjord is about 50 miles southeast of the city.

Ships that tour the fjord will glide slowly along its path to give passengers close up views of some of Alaska’s largest glaciers. They include the two Sawyer glaciers, which dump their enormous chunks of ice into the fjords.

Any ships that visit Tracy Amr Fjord are not likely to visit the nearby Glacier Bay, which is more famous for its glaciers.

The dumping of ice from glaciers to the water is known as calving. Passengers who get to see calving will hear a thunderous crash from the largest chunks as they break off from the glacier and land in the water. Calving is a great photo opportunity for anyone quick enough to photograph a calving while it happens.

Tracy Arm Fjord is part of the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States with more than 16 million acres of land. Cruise passengers may see land and sea creatures along the fjord including harbor seals, deer, wolves, mountain goats, seabirds and black and brown bears.

Other sites include waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and of course various large and small glaciers with tinges of blue ice.

The fjord was named after Benjamin F. Tracy, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1889 to 1893 in the administration of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison. He also was a Civil War general and Medal of Honor winner.

Like other cruise tours, which don’t let passengers off the ship, visitors to Tracy Arm Fjord will likely fill all of the best viewing spots on the ship. Viewers and especially photographers should grab a spot on the deck as soon as possible or likely end up behind a wall of early arrivals.

Photographers in particular should walk the decks for the best spots for taking photos before arriving at the fjord.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.
June 02, 2022