The Ever Shifting Icebergs of Bear Glacier

Flying out to Bear glacier is always a real treat. One of the best parts of our scenic flights is that they show an unprecedented and intimate view of Kenai Fjords National Park. The ever shifting nature of this scenery continually astounds us.

Bear Glacier the largest glacier that descends off the harding icefield

Bear Glacier the largest glacier that descends off the harding icefield


Landing at Bear is different each time we go there. The lagoon that bear glacier terminates in prevents the large calving pieces of ice from escaping. What results are enormous icebergs that have been trapped. They shift around due to weather and wind. We name the different icebergs and watch as they evolve.

the icebergs at bear glacier

Cloudy days accentuate the blues of the glacier ice

The procession of wild flowers also continually changes what we see. This time of year we are blessed with blooming fire weed and lupine as well as a myriad of number other beautiful blossoms that liven up the shoreline.

The “Peacock” iceberg has drifted close to our landing zone

When the wind shifts, Sometimes small pieces of ice blow right up against he shoreline. We scoop it up in trash bags and take it home to use in our drinks. The incredibly dense ice is slow to melt.

We love Bear Glacier and flights there are only $309 per person. It’s well worth the incredible views and calming scenery.

About Sarah Stokey

Sarah Stokey is a writer, blogger, dog musher, and tour operator in Seward, Alaska. In 2016 she finished the 1,000 mile dog sled race and was proudly supported by the Seward Community. Sarah is passionate about sharing her love of Seward and her sled dogs.