We wish to see ice caves. We will be there mid April. Is this possible and is there a lot of walking/climbing involved?
There is about 2.5 - 3 hours of walking, but in my mind it was relatively easy walking. They will give you leather boots and thick socks that are comfortable and good for the hike--I brought my own, but elected to use theirs and was very happy. They also gave us crampons to use when we landed on the glacier--these were very good and gave us very sure footing while on the Glacier. There were 3 or 4 ice caves that we went through. Advance party guides from the company had prepared the way with ropes to hold on to, if needed, as we navigated through the caves. These caves were about 10-30 meters long, so you are not "exploring" the caves but rather navigating your way through some interesting and tighter areas. I'd highly recommend waterproof pants as you will be sliding through some parts of the cave. Of course, there is no obligation to go through the caves and a few chose to walk around the outside. Overall, it was a lot of fun and we highly recommend it!
Hi, we didn't see any ice caves in February, but it was our summer/Autumn season over there. The walk up to the glacier was reasonably long and hilly in parts. In April, the season will be more like their Autumn/winter, but not sure about ice caves at that time. Sorry.
The ice caves should be there at this time. Walking and climbing will be there depending on the kind of option you select to trek on. The more intense version requires you to do a lot of this stuff. I would just call or go through the Franz Josef tours site and figure out what works best for you guys.
The walking tour is great but the view of the glacier isn't as spectacular. The helicopter tour is amazing and totally worth it since you get the best view of the glacier.
I chose the Heli Hike (helicopter to Glacier for 2.5 crampon trek) so can only comment on this. A fair trek but suitable for a range of fitness. I would describe having been shown glacier coves rather than caves, as they were small, mostly to climb in a pose for a photo or use ropes to pull your body through short gaps. Perhaps the more advance day trek might suit if your looking for something more strenuous and more climbing around more ruggid glancier formations. The Fox Glacier team are so friendly and helpful, pick up the phone and ask.
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