196 - 4th August 2006 - Franz Joseph Glacier


About to go on our Helihike!


The view from the helicopter


The Franz Josef Glacier


Big isn't it!


Nice New Zealand Scenery


Towards the top of the glacier


Cracked ice below


and we're about to go for a walk on it


Brrrrrr


The top of the glacier


Glaciers are made from hundreds of years worth of packed snow that has turned into ice


The Franz Josef Glacier is about 300 metres deep


Ice ridges


More ice ridges


Pip on the Glacier


The rest of the group arrive in helicopter number 2


Bright blue skies


The last heli comes in to land


Ice cave


Formed by a compression arch where two streams of ice collide


Chris with his ice axe


Ready for a stroll?


A crevasse - not a good place to go walking


Our guide - Gabe


Just hanging about on the ice


Spiky


Smooth


Bumpy


Mountains


I'm running out of caption ideas


More Ice, More Mountains


Rolling fields of ice


More Ice


and more


Gabe explaining some lesser known point about glaciers


Ice pool


Towers of Ice


More ice


Yet more ice


There's not a lot more to say about glaciers except more ice


But it is very pretty and dramatic though


Gabe described it like a mars bar being bent - the chocolate cracks


and that's sort of what happens on a glacier


Mountains of ice


Moody


Chris on the Glacier


still there


The glacier is unique because it starts in the mountains and end in a rainforest


Pip on the Glacier


Spectacular


Chris on the way back to the town


It's only a few hundred meters above sea level


Arriving back in town


Fountain on the way to the Glacier Terminal


The Glacier Terminal


Warning - Disco dancers should avoid falling rocks


Waterfall


Chris and a waterfall


The glacial ice melts and forms this river


The river again


Chris and Pip and the Franz Josef Glacier


Pink sky