Second Day – Heli-hike
Franz Josef Glacier Guides’ Heli-hike is a half-day activity. Though the hike-on-ice takes about 2 hours, you will need to set aside time for registration, safety briefings, trying on the boots and waterproof jackets for size. Don’t worry. When you book the activity at the shop, you will get a briefing.
But before even leaving Singapore, take note of the following:
To me, it wasn’t that cold. I felt so warm during the hike that I had to unzip my top two layers. I wore four. Good exercise I believe.
You can see the leading edge of the glacier. Mighty awesome sight.
Right after this hike, we wanted to fly up to another part of the mountain to touch snow. The weather turned bad and the operator told us to come back another day. So yes, for safety reasons, they will not fly you up to the mountains if it gets too dark or windy. If the helipad on the glacier is unstable, they won’t bring you up.
For details on Heli-hike, click here.
Third day – Snow Landing – Fox & Franz Heliservices
We chose Fox & Franz Heliservices for this activity as it offered the lowest price – $195 per pax.
Note that out of the declared 30-min trip, most of the time will be spent on the helicopter. How long would you be on the snow? 8 minutes, or less.
Simply put, this isn’t worth it if your primary aim is to touch snow. You can touch snow for free in Winter. 🙂 Nonetheless, it was an experience for us, and for me especially as this is my second-ever helicopter trip. More details on this here.
But please do try the Heli-hike – a must-try to me.
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