on a glacier is not
an activity that typically appears on "adventure travel"
lists. A full week on a glacier would be too much for most of
us. But a glacier hike offers an exhilarating glimpse into a surreal
world. We feel it's a sufficiently unusual experience to merit
a page of its own.
are commonly defined as "rivers of ice." They form along
the sides of mountains, or in mountain valleys. Snow accumulates
at the top, and gradually compresses into ice. The increasing
weight at the top of the glacier pushes the entire thing downward.
Eventually, the ice reaches a low enough elevation to melt.
it shifts, this enormous mass of ice cracks, opening deep crevasses.
Sun-warmed water accumulates on the surface and at the bottom
of crevasses, then burrows tunnels, caves, and even lakes, both
on the surface, and in the interior.
day on a glacier offers a fascinating glimpse into this
ever-changing world. Some glaciers can be safely explored
by a good hiker with no special skills. The majority, particularly
glaciers with a snow cover that could hide a crevasse, should
only be hiked with an experienced glacier guide.
Adventures, sponsor of this site, offers trips around
the globe, several of which include an opportunity for glacier
hikes. Please see below for details.