Hubbard Glacier, which is found in Disenchantment Bay at the end of Yakutat Bay, is one of the over 110,000 glaciers in Alaska and North America's largest tidewater glacier. Hubbard Glacier was named in 1890 for Gardiner G. Hubbard, the founder of the National Geographic Society.
As a ship enters Yakutat Bay, Hubbard Glacier can be seen from over 30 miles away. This massive Alaska glacier is a staggering 76 miles long, 6.5 miles wide, and 1200 feet deep. Its face is over 400 feet high, which is as high as a 30-40 story building.
The Malaspina Glacier is also found in Yakutat Bay. Malaspina is a piedmont glacier, does not reach into the bay, and is difficult to see from a ship, even though it is about the size of Switzerland!!
All Alaska cruise itineraries include at least one glacier. Alaska is home to over 50 percent of the world's glaciers, ranging in size from a few feet to many miles in area.
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