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Formed by the retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall Glaciers, Icy Bay lives up to its frigid name. Sapphire-blue waters are strewn with blocks of ice, and the whole feeling is one of eerie, silent solitude. Yet, despite Icy Bay’s timelessness, it is a relative newcomer to the planet. Icy Bay, as you know, is just 100 years old, although the area is, of course, much older. The Vancouver Expedition passed through the area on June 4, 1794, and noted that the bay was blocked by "the giant tidewater Malaspina Glacier that calved icebergs directly into the Gulf of Alaska". Described as "an indentation of the glacier face" by Captain Vancouver, the 30-mile strait was named but not recorded on any maps. Geographically located 66 miles northwest of Yakutat, Icy Bay lies within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska Today, it would be almost unthinkable to not visit the superlative beauty of Icy Bay during a voyage to Alaska. The chilly waters are fed by a stream from the Saint Elias Mountain Range, making the surrounding scenery some of the most spectacular on Earth. Fjord-like conditions have proved a boon for migrating wildlife; expect harbor seals hauled out on bright-blue ice, a plethora of sea birds and marine mammals, and even the odd grizzly perched on the side of the water. The weather might not always be on your side (Icy Bay’s temperature in August is just 11 C or 50 F), but if you like big, bold, beautiful coastlines, then wrap up warm and experience Mother Nature at her very best.