The highlight of my trip down the inside passage of Alaska via ferry was my stop in Wrangell. This destination is not well known, but I found it charming. However, when I left the town and went to see the nearby LeConte Glacier, I found that adventure to be unforgettable.
According to John Muir in The Cruise of the Corwin, the Tlingits called it “Huti [sic]” which he claimed derived from a mythical bird that produced sounds of thunder when it flapped its wings. The glacier is known for its “shooter” icebergs which calve off underneath the water of LeConte Bay and shoot out of the water due to their buoyancy per Wikipedia. Because of that danger, our boat never got closer than a mile from the glacier. The sheer magnitude of the landscape plays tricks on your eyes, however. Because of how large everything is, you feel like you are far closer than you truly are.
I took the jetboat tour to LeConte Glacier with Breakaway Adventures and I can highly recommend it. These photos are from that tour. I was told by the captain that often, they are not able to approach the glacier as close as we did – even as we were keeping our safe distance. The icebergs are often much denser and block the water leading to the glacier face. I would very much like to take this tour again with my children in tow. I know they would love the seals and icebergs almost as much as I did.