The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
Fox Glacier © smalljude
Nowhere else in the world, outside the polar regions, can one see glaciers so close to the sea. The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers extend more than eight miles (13km) from the highest peaks of precipitous mountains to the valley floor and are surrounded by rainforest. The glaciers are moving at an average rate of three feet (1m) a day, but the Frans Josef can move up to an incredible 16 feet (5m) in one day. A wide range of companies offer guided trips to explore the spectacular ice formations, taking visitors up onto the mighty rivers of ice. There are scenic flights over the glaciers with snow landings, a great way to appreciate the magnitude and splendour of the area.