Day 4: After having arrived in Franz Josef Glacier in near complete darkness (the stars were amazing), we awoke to mountain views and headed towards the glacier. Franz Josef Glacier (which is both the name of the town and the name of the glacier) is one of only a handful of glaciers that exist in temperate climates. The mountain range behind it forms a sort of funnel for snow that gets something like 30m of snow annually. The glacier is a 'warm' glacier, so it can advance very quickly (as much as 1m/day).

We ended the day with a drive to Punakaiki, just in time to watch the sun set over the ocean from our awesome hotel.
Franz Josef Glacier and Punakaiki (34 photos)
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