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Alaskan Glacier, Whittier, Alaska

Happy Birthday to me

 
 
For my 50th Birthday my friend Scott Lindquist took me out on an Ice Harvest, it was not supposed to be on my birthday, but this is Alaska and things happen, the Captain of the boat had to go pick up some hunters on the day he wanted to go, so my Birthday was just the day we got to go, so very early in the morning we made our way from Wasilla, and drove to the Anchorage Distillery where Scott works, to get some more gear and Pallets for the ice to sit on when we came back to the distillery, so we leave Anchorage to drive down the Seward Hwy, to Whittier.
 
So at this point I should tell you that Scott is the only person in America that holds a permit to Harvest Glacier Ice, on a commercial level, I do not know about you, but I find that impressive as hell, he harvests the ice from some glaciers made famous by the Harriman Expedition of 1899, personally, I never have heard of the expedition until I met Scott, I find that funny because I grew up in Alaska, you would have thought that such an important event would have been taught in school? maybe I was absent that day!
 
 Whittier, Alaska is another one of the many beautiful ports in Alaska, but to get into Whittier you have to drive through a 2 1/2 mile tunnel that the train also uses, ( getting into Whittier is a bit of a chore)  there are 8 safe rooms inside the tunnel in case there is a collapse it’s a pretty impressive thing to see,  I highly recommend taking the time to see it if you are coming to Alaska, or you can watch my video of the tunnel here.
 
 
It was snowing that day, a wet heavy snow and we had to wait for the train to come through the tunnel, it was running late, we were worried about the captain of the boat not knowing why we were late, but Whittier is so small that of course, the Captain knew the train was holding everything up because it runs in front of his office/ store  so it worked out,  we loaded onto the boat and the captain gave us all the safety info, it is a really nice boat, it works for Scott’s purposes he’s able to handle the ice up close, the front of the boat has a lift on the front of it that the captain lowers into the water and Scott and his son find the Ice that they like and haul it on board, he hauled about 1400 lbs that day that was then brought back to Whittier and off loaded onto our trucks and hauled back to Anchorage Distillery to be melted, or carved into cocktail cubes for Premium liquor, I have to admit that 2016 birthday is by far my most favorite and I can honestly say that no one else can say that they went Ice harvesting for their birthday 🙂
you can watch the offload of the ice here enjoy
 

-update{ 7/2019}

this charter may not be available any longer although scott will take anyone out on an Ice Harvest just contact him at http://www.alaskaglacialice.com for more information. But Lazy Otter Charters dose several Charters out of Whittier Alaska, and you can always book a charter with them I highly recommend it ! 🙂

Alaska Glacier Ice for cocktails? 

Cocktails made with Glacier Ice from Alaska Glacial Ice

 

Scott Lindquist, a friend of mine started a Business, harvesting Icebergs of all things, yep he made a Business of it and has appeared in outside Magazine and on several TV shows locally and nationally  he was in a Show called Alaska Proof that was on Discovery or some other channel that suddenly became fascinated with Alaska for some reason?

Actually he has been fascinated with Icebergs for the longest time, since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which ruined his business at the time, which was just as equally interesting, the man was diving for Kelp in one part of Alaska and transporting it to another part of Alaska so that herring could lay their eggs on it and then it would be Harvested and sent to Japan for their market, he really loved that job he likes to invent and make things, s

 Alaska has still not recovered from completely from the Exxon Valdez disaster, But Scott is forging ahead with his plan to make a viable business out of selling Glacier Ice, you can see how passionate he is about Glacier Ice in general, don’t just take my word for it watch the video below from a Ice Harvest in Prince William Sound, and turn up the volume.

 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/216586967/alaska-glacial-iceberg-harvesting

His idea is ingenious

The State of Alaska has issued a permit to harvest free floating icebergs from Prince William Sound, Scott has the only permit at present, and is very adamant that  harvesting icebergs is not harmful to the environment, Sea life can not live in the water in or around a melting Iceberg.

Scott takes his clients out on a Glacier Cruise, with Lazy Otter Charters,6 hours out of Whittier, Alaska the client enjoys beautiful scenery along the way and a lunch aboard the boat which has a Cabin and restroom, in case you were wondering( 6 hours on a boat it’s nice to have a privy) 

 Scott’s cruise the clients help Scott pick an Iceberg to harvest, Scott and his crew bring the iceberg on board and the clients get 100 lbs of  the Glacier ice to take home, Scott’s Company can help with the logistics of shipping the ice home if need be, now that is a memory that you take home to enjoy for a long time

“ice sizzle”

Scott takes an iceberg apart then carves abstract whiskey balls that look like little icebergs in your glass, I personally prefer the Glacier Ice because it melts slowly, and last for 2 or 3 drinks plus glacial ice has “ice sizzle” compressed air that formed over thousands of years and pops in your glass as the ice slowly melts.

Glacial ice cubes are dense because the air has been squeezed out by the overwhelming weight of the glacier making this ideal cocktail ice.

Since glacial ice was created by snow that fell 10,000 years ago the ice is very pure, with ice sizzle and is organic what else could you ask for,  good size so only one is needed for most drinks but more can be used if preferred

If coming your not planning a trip to Alaska, but still want some Glacier Ice for your Cocktail’s or to amuse your friends or for whatever reason Alaska Glacial Ice will ship the Ice to you, for a fee http://www.alaskaglacialice.com

 

Glacier Ice in front of an Alaska Map at Anchorage Distillery 
 
 
 

 

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