LeConte Bay and Petersburg

Jul 27, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

It was an early start to the day’s activities as the sun, yet again, bathed Southeast Alaska in glorious light.  We set off in Zodiacs to explore LeConte Bay, southeast of Petersburg.  Here we cruised through numerous icebergs, bergy bits, and growlers that had been recently shed off the LeConte Glacier, southernmost of the tidewater glacier in North America.  The brilliant light reflecting off the ice provided incredible photographic opportunities as we slowly meandered through the bay.  The second round of ice tours was interrupted early when a small pod of killer whales broke the surface very close to our lead Zodiac.  Our ice-tour changed abruptly, and we redirected our boats to follow the animals back out of the bay, towards National Geographic Quest

After brunch, and a short lecture on glaciers and the ice age, we arrived at Petersburg.  Shortly before we docked, our killer whale friends surprised us by once again surfacing close to our ship and only a hundred yards off the docks of Petersburg.  We spent the rest of the day exploring this authentic Alaskan fishing town, flightseeing from float-planes or hiking to a muskeg bog on Kupreanof Island nearby, across the Wrangell Narrows.

A crab-feast dinner was next, followed by an informative talk on whale behavior by Dr. Andy Szabo of the Alaskan Whale Foundation. Our evening ended as our day had begun, bathed in late summer sunlight in an area of extraordinary beauty.

  • Send

About the Author

Jeffrey Grover


Jeff's early introduction to the science of geology came from exposure to his grandfather’s extensive mineral collection and his vivid stories of work in the mines of Aspen Colorado.  From this informal beginning, Jeff earned degrees in geology from the University of Southern California (B.S.) and the University of Arizona (M.S.) where he focused on tectonics and structural geology.  Upon graduation, he worked as a petroleum geologist, and as an engineering geologist engaged in landslide and earthquake hazard mitigation.  He is licensed as a registered geologist in California.

About the Photographer

Doug Gould

Expedition Leader

Travel and adventure were an integral part of Doug’s upbringing in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Growing up on the Great South Bay, his family claims Doug learned to sail before he learned to walk. Whether it was camping, sailing, birding, traveling across country or spending most of fifth grade living in Europe, Doug’s formative years left him with a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a desire to keep moving. 

Get our newsletter

Join us for updates, insider reports & special offers.

Privacy Policy