Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 257
Temperature : 14 degrees
Weather : Cloudy morning, sunny afternoon
Wow! Wow! Wow! It's like a living, breathing monster which continually groans and creaks. Then, every so often, there are the most incredible loud, hollow, echoing booms and cracks. You turn to search the origin of this amazing noise and you see chunks of ice collapsing into the lake, huge splashes and mini tsunami like waves. Then the water is left swirling and bubbling as new icebergs float to the surface.
This, is like nothing I have EVER seen in my life
The first thing you see when approaching this glacier is a huge expanse of white. Then the enormous terminal face of the glacier can be identified. You can only see half of it’s entirety, and you know that you are going to witness something truly spectacular.
We had 2 hours on the balconies where we stood mesmerised and enchanted by the sights and the sounds of the glacier. We then headed down to the nearby dock where we boarded a boat along with everyone else and their dog (slightly disappointed by the vast number of people that are doing the same as us…but what can you expect I guess!?!). We passed the southern edge of the glacier and reached the land where we were met by our guides and given a brief introduction. After a short walk we arrived at a camp where we donned the heaviest, chunkiest crampons that I have ever seen in my life…in fact, I don’t think they were crampons, just huge chunks of metal
We did get the chance to escape the crowds once back at the refugio. We wandered down to the lake edge and once again sat and marvelled at the glacier. On the way back to the mainland, the boat took a quick detour reasonably close to the ice, and once again, the views were incredible.
There’s not much else to say here really. I will let the pictures do the talking and you can see for yourselves….enjoy!