This is the pinnacle of the trip where you get off the helicopter and hike on the glacier. The view is overwhelming and the fact that you’re standing on ice which is hundreds of feet high, makes you feel tiny. It’s stunning, really. If you decide to go to Alaska, make sure this is one of the things you do. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Tip for the camera geeks: if you bring a D-SLR, make sure you also bring a few polarizing filters as well as a UV-filter and a NDG (graduated neutral density). For this photo I used all three screw-on filters at the same time. Not using a filter in this extreme lighting will result in overexposure and thus less contrast.
Bert van Mackelenbergh is Statendam’s hotel manager.