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“An amazing experience, not to be missed!”
Review of Holgate Glacier

Holgate Glacier
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Anchorage Shore Excursion to Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier and Wildlife Cruise
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Ranked #6 of 50 things to do in Seward
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Sterling, Alaska
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137 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“An amazing experience, not to be missed!”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

Holgate Glacier is a phenomenal experience, even for the most experienced traveler..It is simply magnificient in its beauty and awesome to experience how small we people really are. It is a plus if you see if calve..but even if you don't, the blue color and the magnificence of being in the presence of a glacier of this magnitude will be impressive enough. I love the icebergs floating by our boat (Coastal Explorer) and the crew were kind enough to scoop up a small iceberg for us to touch and photograph up close and personal. I highly recommend this experience! Like many experiences in Alaska, it is different each time we go, but always magnificent!

Visited August 2014
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Connecticut, United States
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“Beautiful glacier, not a lot of major calving”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

This glacier is truly breathtaking. On the Kenai Fjords Tour they get very close to this glacier so you will get plenty of great pictures in front of it. The only reason this glacier doesn't get five stars from me is that we didn't see any major calving. I was lucky enough to see the Marguerite glacier in Glacier Bay, so that is my standard for 5 stars.

Visited August 2014
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Northern Virginia
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62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Beautiful Glacier”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

We spent about 25 minutes watching the Holgate Glacier while on a Major Marine boat tour. We could hear it groan and crack, and a few times, small pieces fell off. The glacier is huge! There were small icebergs floating around the glaciers.

As you get closer to the glacier, the temperature dropped and it was pretty cold on the boat deck.

We saw a few people in kayaks on the shore to the side of the glacier - that looked like a great way to see the glacier.

Visited August 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“It's a mile wide!”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

Unbelievable beauty and amazing ice bergs. We passed through thick foggy marine layer and the sky's opened up all sunny to display the glacier. Highlight of our trip.

Visited August 2014
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Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Calving, Harbor Seals and Floating Icebergs”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

From the time our 7.5 hr cruise with Major Marine Tours arrived at Holgate Glacier, one of the many stops on the cruise, all of the guests were entranced by the size and beauty of this magnificent glacier. One huge section of the glacier fell into the water right in front of eyes with an explosive sound right before the ice fell into the sea (called glacier calving). On one side of the glacier, a city of harbor seals rested on the floating ice in the water, without a care in the world. We also saw many Northern Sea Otters hanging around.

The glacier "breath" was cold, even on a sunny day, so bring hats and gloves while you watch the glacier in action. Holgate Glacier is one of most stunning sites on earth, and I was thankful for the privilege to watch it in action for 15 minutes.

Visited August 2014
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