We arrived at Franz Josef wanting to do the helicopter ride over Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and landing on one of them. We were told that the weather had been no good for a couple of days and they were unlikely to go that afternoon again. It turned out they didn't get to go that afternoon, but we were told that there might be a chance next morning early. The staff were great in keeping us informed.
We got up early and got our ride. It was fantastic. The pilot handled the helicopter with seemingly great ease and put us down on Franz Josef glacier. The scenery over the two glaciers was fantastic as well as the surrounding mountains.
It is a magic experience and well worth the money even if the budget has to be re-worked.