Somes Sound, Northeast Harbor

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Somes Sound is a fjard,

a body of water running deep into Mount Desert Island, the main site of Acadia National Park in Maine, United States. Its deepest point is approximately 175 feet (50 m), and it is over 100 feet (30 m) deep in several places. The sound almost splits the island in two.

While often described as the "only fjord on the East Coast", it lacks the extreme vertical relief and anoxic sediments associated with Norwegian fjords, and is now called a fjard by officials — a smaller drowned glacial embayment.

Somes Sound was named for Abraham Somes, who was one of the first settlers on the island and had a home at the end of the sound in Somesville, the first village on the island.

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  • We rented a VRBO with views of the Sound. It was enjoyable to have such a beautiful view everyday with my morning tea. We also enjoyed a narrated boat ride with Sea Princess cruises which had a Park....  more »
  • This is a gorgeous area of Acadia National Park. You can drive around it or take one of the boat cruises that go in the sound. Well worth seeing.  more »
  • BEAUTIFUL place
  • Good views!

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