Walking on Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Travel Blog› entry 37 of 47 › view all entries
August 23rd, 2008 – by: manuel_s
Anyway I got to the Fox township in one piece and got myself on a walking tour of the glacier. Walking over to the glacier itself is not without risks, the valley side where you walk has been carved out and pushed up by the ice mass and is pretty unstable.
The glacier walk itself is pretty nice. The glacier has a blueish color because it's compresssed snow rather than ice, it's also a lot heavier than ice and melts a lot slower. Bits of rock are lodged in the ice as they're pushed up from the bottom. And you could see the 'glacier mud' (sorry, can't remember teh correct word), the stuff they put in beauty products which is basically the dust around which the ice had built up on it's way down forming snowflakes. Pretty awesome to walk on a massive moving piece of ice while you could see rainforest vegetation on the sides of the valley. This glacier sits at one of the lowest altitudes in the world.
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