We did a half-day tour of Fox Glacier which included a walk up onto the glacier with a guide. The guide was knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of this glacier and lots of information about how the ice is formed and melts. We had a group of about 20 people (15 of which were a group of young twenty-somethings from Taiwan who were traveling with their two newlywed friends on their honeymoon – how weird is that?). Karen and I walked close to the guide and picked her brain on the glacier, and chatted about our travels.
One of the highlights of our trip was a recent ice formation on the top of the ice. The half-day hike only takes you a km or so up the ice. On rare occasions they get beautiful compression arcs of ice – the ice curves up and creates a low cave. They are especially rare in the lower region of the glacier. We got to see a pretty big one up close. Check out the photos from our tour:
The slideshow includes some pictures of Karen and I up on the ice.