City: El Calafate, Argentina
Kilometres ridden: 0
Cumulative kilometre: 43489
Weather: sunny, cold/freezing
This morning we got picked up by the bus…
…and it turned out that the road was paved up to the glacier. Bummer!! We could have used my bike to get there! On the other hand I could enjoy riding in a bus, looking through the window and sleeping on the way back 🙂.
The first stop was at a view point where we could see Largo Argentina and ice capped mountains.
Next stop was our first view of the glacier. It is hard to imagine the real size. The front face of the glacier is as high of a twenty story building! I guess it becomes clearer when we get closer to it.
Next we went on a boat trip, which takes you close to the glacier. Now that /was/ amazing!
I didn’t expect the ice to be so blue.
The real size of it only becomes clear when you have a reference. If you look very closely below on the left side in the top half of the picture, there are people walking on the glacier. Yep the small dots are people.
Below are just a couple of more pictures of the glacier with the sun shining on different parts of it.
Arriving back at the shore, the bus drove us to the boardwalk and we took our time to get to the viewpoints. The angle here allows you to get a better idea of the size of the glacier.
The noise of the calving glaciers was amazing, but it is hard to get a good picture of the glacier calving. The deep roaring sound gave a pretty good indication of the size of the pieces breaking off. It was a great day and we were lucky with the weather as well. Tomorrow we will start our journey towards Buenos Aires.