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Harding Icefield

Aialik Glacier

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During summer full day boat tours start from Seward to this area.

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The Harding Icefield, which is 3,500 sq miles in size, covers the high mountains of the Kenai Peninsula with a layer of ice hundreds of yards thick. Ice covers half of the total surface of the Peninsula and is a relic of the last ice age, now about 9,000 years ago.Here, winter snow is compressed into a compact mass of ice and creates all of Kenai Fjord’s glaciers. One of the most spectacular glaciers in this area is the Aialik Glacier, which flows into the north end of Aialik Bay, a deep fjord in the Gulf of Alaska. The bay is part of the Kenai Fjords National Park and the glacier is only accessible by water.

A lonely fisherman looks insignificant against the 240 feet high wall of ice of the Aialik glacier.

As a result of sheer mass the glacial river flows down toward the bay.

With thundering violence a huge chunk of ice ends after a long long journey fromthe Harding Icefield in Aialik Bay.,+AK,+United+States&hl=nl&ll=59.96601,-149.787598&spn=6.240725,19.665527&sll=52.469397,5.509644&sspn=3.794958,9.832764&vpsrc=6&hnear=Aialik+Glacier&t=h&z=6