Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska

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    Tracy Arm Waterfall in Alaska

    Tracy Arm Waterfall in Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Tracy Arm Waterfall in Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Spectacular Fjord Ends at Sawyer Glaciers

    Tracy Arm is southeast of Juneau on the Inside Passage. This glacial valley is a beautiful place to cruise, and the Sawyer Glaciers at the end of the fjord are extraordinarily blue and beautiful. The south Sawyer Glacier is quite active and famous for its calving of icebergs.

    Tracy Arm is about 23 miles long, and small cruise ships often wind their way through the narrow waterway to the face of the glacier. Larger ships only go part way into Tracy Arm, but cruise passengers still get a look at Sumdum Glacier, some spectacular scenery, and the ambiance of a luxury ship.

    Icebergs from the Sawyer Glacier float far out into the waters of Tracy Arm. Nearing Sawyer Glacier, the water filled with small ice bergs and reminded me a little of iceberg alley in Antarctica. We only saw a few small pieces of the Sawyer Glacier calve. Lucky for us, we did see the LeConte Glacier near Petersburg calve on another day in Alaska.

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    Holland America Cruise Ship in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Holland America Cruise Ship in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Holland America Cruise Ship in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Although mega-ships cannot sail far into Tracy Arm, mid-sized ships like this Holland America one can get almost as close as the small ship Spirit of Yorktown.

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    Tracy Arm Glacial Cliffs in Alaska

    Tracy Arm Glacial Cliffs in Alaska
    Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Tracy Arm Glacial Cliffs in Alaska. Tracy Arm Waterfall in Alaska
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    Sailboat in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Sailboat in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Sailboat in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Tracy Arm in Alaska

    Tracy Arm in Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Tracy Arm in Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Tracy Arm with Sawyer Glacier, Alaska

    Tracy Arm with Sawyer Glacier, Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Tracy Arm with Sawyer Glacier, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Small Icebergs in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Small Icebergs in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Small Icebergs in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Small Boat in Ice at Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Small Boat in Ice at Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Small Boat in Ice at Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Close-up View of Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Close-up View of Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Close-up View of Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Sawyer Glacier ice is brilliant blue due to the extremely dense compression of the ice.

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    Linda and Ronnie Garrison at Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm

    Linda and Ronnie Garrison at Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm
    Cruising Alaska Linda and Ronnie Garrison at Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sumdrum Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Sumdrum Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Sumdrum Glacier Is Spectacular Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord Sumdrum Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    View from Regent Seven Seas Mariner Balcony of Sumdrum Glacier in Tracy Arm

    View from Regent Seven Seas Mariner Balcony of Sumdrum Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner View from Regent Seven Seas Mariner Balcony of Sumdrum Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Small Boat in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Small Boat in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Tracy Arm Is Spectacular Fjord Near Juneau, Alaska Small Boat in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Small Icebergs in Tracy Arm, Alaska

    Small Icebergs in Tracy Arm, Alaska
    Tracy Arm Is Spectacular Fjord Near Juneau, Alaska Small Icebergs in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    These small icebergs are miles away from Sawyer Glacier. They look a little out of place with no other ice nearby.

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    Waterfall in Tracy Arm in the Inside Passage of Alaska

    Waterfall in Tracy Arm in the Inside Passage of Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner Waterfall in Tracy Arm in the Inside Passage of Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Waterfalls in Tracy Arm in the Inside Passage of Alaska

    Waterfalls in Tracy Arm in the Inside Passage of Alaska
    Cruising Tracy Arm on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner Waterfalls in Tracy Arm in the Inside Passage of Alaska. Tracy Arm Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    These waterfalls in Tracy Arm, Alaska reminded me of waterfalls in the fjords of Norway.