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Columbia Glacier, Valdez

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The Columbia Glacier is a glacier in Prince William Sound on the south coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, is one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, and has been retreating since the early 1980s. It was named after Columbia University, one of several glaciers in the area named for elite U.S. colleges by the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899. The head of the main branch of the glacier originates at the saddle between Mount Witherspoon and Mount Einstein.

The Alaska Marine Highway vessel M/V Columbia is named after the Columbia Glacier.
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  • Great trip out to the Glacier. The glacier itself it beautiful and lucky to see it on a sunny day and to see it calve more than once, However, the dirt on the glacier in this remote area is a sad... 
    Great trip out to the Glacier. The glacier itself it beautiful and lucky to see it on a sunny day and to see it calve more than once, However, the dirt on the glacier in this remote area is a sad...  more »
  • Really is a place to see before it recedes even further. Recommend a kayak trip here with Anadyr Adventures - a really super day out. 
    Really is a place to see before it recedes even further. Recommend a kayak trip here with Anadyr Adventures - a really super day out.  more »
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  • It was incredible experience!! We booked tickets for one day trip in Summer on August 2020, with Lu-Lu Belle. During The trip we saw whale, seals, sea lions, otters and bald eagles. Boat was very nice and Captain very experienced and shared many interesting strories. Columbia Glacier is MUST see with your own eyes if you visiting Alaska!!!! Pictures doesn’t do it justice.
  • The Columbia Glacier is one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in Alaska according to the U.S.G.S. Make sure you get your photographs now and then you can compare decades into the future to see how much the glacier has retreated. If this review was helpful please click the Like button.

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