Glaciers are truly majestic. They form over many years, often centuries, and only on land, not to be confused with icebergs which float on the water. Now is the time to see the most spectacular before they’ve disappeared.
Antarctica is home to numerous glaciers, and it’s becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. Canada Glacier is one of its many glaciers, a small glacier flow that flows south-east into the northern side of Taylor Valley.
The largest glacier in continental Europe, it measures 37 miles long, is 2,000 feet thick, and covers an area of 188-square miles. This massive plateau glacier has numerous glacier outcroppings and you’ll find many smaller, separate glaciers here too.
One of China’s scenic wonders, Jade Dragon Mountain rises above the tiled rooftops and vermilion walls of Lijiang. It’s named as such as it resembles a dragon lying in the clouds. It’s also home to one of the country’s most dramatic & accessible glaciers.
The Pasterze Glacier be reached via the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and a funicular railway in Austria. It is 5.2 miles in length as the longest glacier in the nation, and in the Eastern Alps, lying directly beneath Austria’s highest mountain.
The Athabasca Glacier is the largest of the six “toes” that make up the Columbia Icefield, which once covered the Canadian Rockies. This one is disappearing quickly, losing more than half of its volume over the last 125 years.
While Aletsch is likely to still be around in the next century, the problem is that the large lakes of glacial meltwater is trapped behind dams of ice – and, when the dams get to the point of breaking, released waters can result in massive flooding.
Vatnajokull, or the Vatna Glacier, covers nearly 8 percent of Iceland as Europe’s largest glacier. Found in Vatnajokull National Park, it rises over 6,500 feet and covers 3,100 square miles, surrounded by breathtaking Jokulsarlon.
Visitors can witness massive chunks of ice breaking from the 19 mile-long glacier, plunging into Lake Argentino, or the more adventurous may want to take a helicopter flight and go for a walk right on top of it.