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Why is walking on a glacier a special experience

We sat down and thought – how can we explain what walking on a glacier is actually like and the team came up with the following:

Walking on a glacier is a truly special experience for several reasons. Glaciers are massive bodies of ice that form over long periods of time, often thousands of years, as snow accumulates and compresses into ice. They are found in some of the most remote and awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth.

Here are a few reasons why walking on a glacier is considered a unique and memorable experience:

  1. Spectacular Natural Beauty: Glaciers are renowned for their breathtaking beauty. The shimmering blue and white ice, jagged crevasses, ice caves, and towering ice formations create a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. Walking on a glacier allows you to witness this natural wonder up close and personal, providing an unmatched visual spectacle.
  2. Connection with Nature: Glaciers are part of the Earth’s natural heritage and have played a vital role in shaping landscapes over thousands of years. Walking on a glacier allows you to connect with the immense power and time scales of nature. It offers a humbling experience as you witness firsthand the forces of nature that have shaped the land and continue to reshape it.
  3. Adventure and Exploration: Glaciers are often located in remote and rugged terrains, necessitating an adventurous spirit and a sense of exploration to access them. The journey to reach a glacier, whether it involves hiking through challenging terrain or  flying in a helicopter, adds an element of excitement and anticipation to the experience. Walking on a glacier feels like stepping into a pristine and untouched world that is far removed from the usual hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  4. Environmental Awareness: Glaciers are highly sensitive to climate change, and walking on a glacier can serve as a reminder of the urgent need to protect our environment. Glaciers worldwide are rapidly retreating, and witnessing their decline firsthand can deepen your understanding of the consequences of climate change. It can inspire a greater appreciation for the Earth’s delicate ecosystems and the importance of taking action to preserve them.
  5. Educational and Cultural Value: Glaciers are often associated with rich cultural and historical significance. Indigenous communities and mountaineering cultures have deep connections to glaciers, considering them sacred or using them as important navigation points. Walking on a glacier can offer insights into the traditions, stories, and wisdom passed down through generations. Moreover, guided glacier walks  provide educational information about glaciology, climate change, and the local ecosystem, enhancing your understanding of these complex natural phenomena.

If you have the chance to visit us at Fox Glacier we would love to share our love of the glacier with you.


Ice fields
Walking on a glacier is a truly special experience
Looking through an ice cave
Ice formations create a spectacular environment for you to immerse yourself in

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