I was having breakfast in Oceanview Cafe (deck 10) when I spot the first iceberg floating not far from our ship. I excitedly walked to the open deck to have a closer look at it. Turned out it was a small one. So basically, icebergs are pieces of ice that formed on land and float in an ocean or lake. Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, from ice-cube-sized chunks to ice islands the size of a small country. The term "icebergs" refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) across. Smaller icebergs, known as "bergy bits" less than 5 meters (15 feet) in size and "growlers" less than 2 meters (6.6 feet). If you want to learn more about icebergs, please read here.
It was a cold foggy morning and even though it was only 6 am, it seem like everyone has woken up. We were informed the day before that we would reach Tracy Arm Fjord early in the morning. And the ship would cruise along the area for few hours. So I guess nobody wanted to miss this gorgeous view.
|chunk of icebergs|
|one misty morning in Alaska|
|the open deck|
The ship floated slowly and quietly toward Tracy Arm Fjord, a thirty mile glacial fjord that reaches deep into the Coast Mountains. The view was undoubtedly breathtaking. I've never seen such beautiful brilliant blue icebergs before. I read a fact that icebergs are sometimes bright blue because blue is the only wavelength of light able to make it all the way through the ice. I also spot several seals swimming close to our ship and were watching us curiously.
|looking down from my balcony|
|beautiful blue iceberg|
|Tracy Arm Fjord|
We left Tracy Arms Fjord at 10am and arrived in Juneau around 2pm. The ship tendered (anchored off shore) and we were transferred into some tender boats which took us to the pier. It was raining quite hard in Juneau that they had to cancel the snow dog sledding program. But there was another option to do dog sledding on gravel, so I went for it. I really wanted to meet those gorgeous Alaskan dog, I didn't mind whether it would be on snow or gravel.
|welcome to Juneau|
|beautiful Alaskan Malamute|
We ended the tour cuddling some of the adorable puppies in the camp. They were the most cutest blue eyed puppies I've ever seen. I was so tempted to sneak one of them into my bag :p
In case you've missed the part 1 of my Alaskan Cruise, read the story here