Wandering around on a glacier

I’m back!

We’ve just returned from a fantastic trip to Argentina. Obviously it’s always good to see Felipe’s family, but we also managed a weekend in El Calafate in the south.

El Calafate is the nearest town to the Perito Moreno glacier, which is absolutely stunning.

We decided to take part in a ‘mini-treking’ expedition, which takes you right onto the ice.

Here we are wrapped up in our 4 million layers…

Perrito Moreno

…only to discover that it wasn’t actually that cold!

The glacier was absolutely enormous. The groups of hikers were like tiny little ants:

Treking

I have to say the description of the tour was a little misleading. It wasn’t exactly a trek. A trek is a ‘long arduous journey’. This was more of a potter around on the ice. You wander around in circles for an hour and a half, then head back.

On iceI’ve been told the hat doesn’t do anything for me…but I love that hat!

Anyway, we also took a trip on a boat. There are many boat trips and most of them are packed with people. We went with MarPatag who are slightly more expensive, but have far smaller groups. In fact as we went near the end of the season, there were only two other couples on the boat! That saved us fighting for the best spot!

Glacier

It turns out that glaciers are surprisingly dirty, as they pick up so much sediment from the underlying earth as they scrap down the valleys.

IcebergThey’re also very blue, particularly on the bottom, so if an iceberg has just rolled over, it’s a very intense blue colour.

This wasn’t our boat. And given that only a tenth of an iceberg is ever visible above the water, I’m not sure I’d want to get this close anyway:

IMG_0532

I was surprised how noisy it was. There’s the sound of water gushing and the ice is cracking all the time. Little bits fall off into the sea, and make an almighty bang as they hit the water.

IMG_0550If you travel to Argentina, it’s a must-see.

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About Steff Gaulter

Al Jazeera English's Senior Weather Presenter
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