Time to pack your bags and head off into the wilderness for some chilly adventure travels exploring the world most beautiful glaciers before it’s too late!
Glacier exploration vacations are becoming very popular with tour companies setting up all over the world to take us to these amazing natural phenomena which have immense size and power and are incredible to behold, on when you see them close up do you realize just how big they are.
The fact is that if you have ever considered visiting a glacier now is the best time to go, scientists calculate that with the current spate of global warming many of these glaciers will be gone in just 10 to 15 years so get in now before it’s too late.
Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland
The Great Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps mountain range with a length of 14 miles covering more than 46 square miiles, situated in the eastern Bernese Alps in Valais, Switzerland. It is estimated to be 3,000 feet thick or approximately 1 kilometer.
Baifo Glacier, Pakistan
The Biafo Glacier is 39 miles long, situated in the Karakoram Mountains at a height 16,824 feet. It also joins the Hispar glacier creating the longest glacial system in the world outside the polar regions.
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Ne Zealand’s biggest glacier Franz Josef is 7 and a half miles long situated in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, western cost. Joining the Fox Glacier to the south which is an extra 12 miles long. They hold the high ground on New Zealand’s Southern Alps only 980 feet above the sea.
Grey Glacier, Chile
This Glacier is situated in the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, following the Paine Mountain Range part of the Torres del Paine National Park. Part of a large ice field the stretches a total of 220 miles and covering a total surface area of 4,773 square miles, part of which is in Chile and the rest being in Argentina
Hubbard Glacier, Canada
Hubbard Glacier is situated in eastern Alaska and part of the Canadian Yukon 76 miles long and 5 miles wide at a height of 11,000 feet. It takes 400 years for the ice to traverse from the back of the glacier to the front where it will eventually come crashing down into the sea.
Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland
This huge outlet glacier is situated in West Greenland, located near town of Ilulissat and finishes at the sea in the Ilulissat Icefjord where it generates 35 billion tons of icebergs every year with a flow rate of around 60 feet per day. This glacier has been studied in depth for 250 years and people have inhabited the edges of the glacier for 4000 years.
Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada
Situated in the Kluane National Park, Canada and part of the Kluane Icefield that stretches from the north eastern slopes of the Elias chain down to the southern parts of the Yukon Territory. With a height of between 6000 to 9000 feet and dropping down to the Bering sea. Heavily in decline at the moment losing many cubic Kilometers of volume each year.
Matanuska Glacier, Alaska, USA
This glacier sits in a mountain value and is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide, it is the largest glacier in the USA that can be reached by car. Situated 100 miles north east of Anchorage by the Alaskan coast.
Mendenhall Glacier, USA
This glacier is 12 miles long, situated in the Tongass National Forest area, it’s landscapes and surroundings are protected as the 5,815-acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. This glacier has receded nearly 2 miles since 1958. There is a Visitor Center here that offers interpretive programs throughout the year to around 500,000 visitors per year.
Nigardsbreen Glacier, Norway
Nigardsbreen is a glacier arm ,part of the larger Jostedalsbreen glacier, situated about 19 miles north of the village of Gaupne in the Jostedalen valley. You can find the Breheimsenteret museum located 7 miles south in the village of Jostedal. In front of the glacier is a large lake called Nigardsbrevatnet, you can catch a small boat here which takes visitors to the glacier or you can take a bus that takes visitors to the glacier.
Pastoruri Glacier, Peru
This circular glacier is situated in the southern part of Cordillera Blanca, in the north of Peru in the Andes. It is one of only a handful of glaciers in the tropical area of South America. The glacier is around 3 square miles in size and is at a height of 17,200 feet. In the past 30 years it has lost 22% of it’s size.
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
This glacier is situated in the Los Glaciares National Park in the southwest Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is one of he most visited tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia. It covers 97 square miles with a length of 19 miles. This icefield is the third largest fresh water reserve in the world.
Also known as the Vatna Glacier, this glacier is the largest in Icelandic glacier, and also one of the largest in area in Europe. Situated in the south east area of the Iceland this enormous glacier covers more than 8% of the country.
Upsala Glacier, Argentina
Situated in a valley this glacier sits in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, flowing from the field South Patagonian Ice to Lake Argentino. It is currently undergoing a rapid decline consider due to global warming . This glacier also acts as a natural dam blocking runoff which forms a lake.
Glacier Lagoon, Bolivia
To the colder west of Lake Titicaca (Bolivia’s biggest lake) , glaciers melt into a frigid turquoise lagoon at a height of 12,500 feet.