Franz Josef: Ice, Ice Baby!

There are days on my travels when I really have to pinch myself. As much as I like to moan about hostels, money, activities and pretty much anything and everything, some things just come together, you do something amazing with some pretty cool people and it reminds me why I am here and how truly lucky I am.

On a fine morning on the 8th March, at 8.15am a group of us went up in a Helicopter to trek the Franz Josef Glasier. The weather was perfect and clear considering all tours were cancelled the day before (and after).

Everything worked like clockwork, we got signed in, weighed, fitted for our gear and ‘crampons’ (the spikes attached to our boots) before walking to meet the helicopter.

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Spirits were high, I don’t think any of us had been in a helicopter before so everything was new and soooo exciting.

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Then we were up on the ice… and we started to walk whilst our tour guide ice picked our route.

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Simply beautiful!

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Aaaaaammmaaaazzzing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And this was my highlight… a full rainbow at the waterfall. Apparently we were the only group that day to see one.

 

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We got longer on the ice then expected… due to being one of the first groups up there in a while there was a lot more ice picking needed so we took a longer route around. I liked this, felt like I was getting our monies worth! 😉 But it was such a laugh being up there with the girls… they’re a nutty hilarious bunch!

We all got back to the hostel and napped. It was the BEST day!!! Very lucky indeed.

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