I just returned from a 5 day trip through Alaska. Along with two other photographers, I flew to Anchorage, drove two hours south to Seward, boarded a water taxi, then hopped on a small motor boat which dropped us off for a camping trip in the middle of Bear Glacier. It's as remote as it sounds, and was one of the most magnificent places I've experienced.
Along the way we stayed in several Airbnb's. My favorite was a studio in Seward, Alaska - it was situated above the most charming coffee shop. I loved Seward. It's a small port-town located right on the water. Since we were there in the summer the sky never became entirely dark. You could read a book outside at 11:30pm. It was strange, yet oddly captivating. I fell in love with the small-town, maritime vibes. Plus, the coffee shop had great food and music. I highly recommend The Sea Bean if you ever find yourself in Seward.
We drove from Anchorage to Seward along Highway 1 - quite possibly the most beautiful scenic drive I've ever done. It consisted of green rolling hills surrounded by snow-capped mountains, continuously lined with glacial lakes and rivers. It's as mesmerizing as it sounds. However, my favorite place we explored was Bear Glacier. As if the mere act of getting there wasn't magnificent enough, the location was mind-blowing. When we pulled into the island via boat, my jaw literally dropped. We set up camp on the rocky shore, and our tent looked out toward icebergs which had broken off from the glacier. We kayaked among the ice formations until the sun set behind the mountains. The water quiet and still. Being so close to enormous icebergs was both impressive and intimidating.
One of my favorite memories from this trip was laying in our tent at night, listening to glacier walls break off and crash into the sea. You could hear them from what seemed like miles away. The crashing water echoed off the mountain faces, sometimes for minutes. It was a humbling reminder of the powerful forces of nature. In fact, the large iceberg that our tent looked out toward ended up collapsing at some point during our trip. It was pretty crazy to think that we were the last people to ever have seen that particular formation. For anyone considering a trip to Bear Glacier, I'd suggest insect repellant. We found that was of more use than the bear spray we were so paranoid about carrying around with us everywhere (ha!).
Natalie Wall is a lifestyle photographer currently located in Seattle, Washington. She will be relocating back to Salt Lake City, Utah at the end of the summer, where she will begin medical school at the University of Utah, with interest in becoming a surgeon. While not traveling, she can usually be found climbing rocks, making art, and eating pizza.
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