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Scenic flight to Franz Josef Glacier
Glacier landing and 2 hour, guided glacier hike
Experienced guide joining you throughout the tour
All landing and concession fees for conservation areas and special locations
All equipment (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)
NOTE: Flights are not confirmed until the Glacier Helicopter Base has confirmed they have availability and weather conditions are suitable.
Why Do We Love This
OUR TEAM OF TRAVEL EXPERTS RATED THIS AS A 2022 TOP TOUR BECAUSE...
"The Operator has a unique knowledge and understanding of the local environment and is passionate about giving passengers the best experience possible."
"On this tour, not only do you get to experience incredible views from the air, but you also get to spend 2 hours on a guided hike of the glacier, where you get the chance to physically interact with the ice formations and pinnacles."
"This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime tour."
What to Expect
Are you ready for an unforgettable experience unlike anything you've done before?
This tour provides a first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper.
Take a scenic flight over stunning Franz Josef Glacier before making a landing on the ice! Then, explore glacial terrain on a 2 hour professionally guided hike and be wowed by ice formations and pinnacles. This is undeniably the best way to soak in all the epic views the area has to offer.
Where we visit
Departing from the Franz Josef Village base, start your day with a helicopter ride up to the glacier. You'll see all the peaks and cliffs only experienced mountaineers can reach, all from a birds eye view! Trust us, this is a wilderness experience you’ll never forget.
Zoom over the stunning landscape before landing on a section of this 12km long glacier. Your guides will have made a daily safety assessment of the conditions on this fast-moving ice flow, so you'll be exploring the safest area possible.
Equipped with glacier boots and crampons you’ll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles. You'll get to see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow and you'll even be able to touch the ice!
If this sounds like your kind of adventure, enquire with our team today to secure your spot!
PLEASE NOTE: Flights are not confirmed until the Glacier Helicopter Base has confirmed they have availability and weather conditions are suitable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers).
Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable. Please no jeans.
Sunglasses and sunscreen.
Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one).
The Franz Josef Glacier extends from 250m above sea level to 3000m above sea level - but the hike will take place at only 700m above sea level so there is no need to take altitude sickness pills.
Children wishing to join this tour need to be at least 10 years old, weigh at least 35kg and be at least 137cm tall. This is due to safety ratings with harnesses. (Weight limit is 115kg).
For those travelling with a child during late May - early September, they unfortunately are not able to participate in the first morning departures as the ice conditions carry a higher level of risk during the season.
To give them the best chance of participation, The Operator recommends all parties travelling with children book trips from 11am onwards.
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This tour is classed as an adventure activity and carries a degree of risk; as such you need to be aware that The Operator cannot absolutely guarantee your safety.
Franz Josef Glacier is an unstable geological feature that presents certain hazards, including, but not limited to: avalanche, rock fall, ice fall, heavy rainfall, cold exposure, height, flooding, uneven terrain, slips trips and falls, sun exposure. The Operator cannot anticipate or eliminate all risks so take a balanced and conservative approach to safety management.
Agreeing to participate is your personal decision accepting there are environmental and external elements outside The Operator's control that may cause harm.
Minimum age is 10 years
Should you fail to check-in on time, or notify The Operator of changes less than 24-hours prior to departure, your credit card will be debited with the total amount of the booked activity.
All customer cancellation & refund requests are also subject to our website’s own refund conditions.
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