Russell Fjord might be one of the most isolated destinations in the world. Access to this long, glacially-carved bay is restricted by the Hubbard glacier which all but closes off the mouth of the fjord. This means that getting here requires a balloon-wheeled small plane to land on one of two large river outwashes. In fact, in the past few decades the glacier has advanced to the point of closing off the fjord completely. The water behind the ice dam rose, drowning about 20 feet above sea level. Once it finally broke and the sea balanced out, the first species to reappear were the many wildflowers: lupine, pushki, paintbrush, and fireweed.