We were scheduled on to this trip by Holland America and it was our first shore excursion we were looking forward to it a lot.
We were met at the dockside and bussed to the Era Helicopter centre where we were fitted with life jackets and glacier overboots. (Well, I wasn't as I have US size 16 feet but I was wearing stout walking boots so they said it was fine.)
We watched 4 helicopters from the previous tour land then were introduced to our pilot who got us all on board and off we went. The pilot gave a commentary of what we were seeing and was answering our questions as we flew along.
When we came to the glacier I thought there was a special landing place that all the helicopters would use then you'd walk off a bit. I was wrong! The pilot plonked us down on the glacier at what he said "looked like a good spot" and we had arrived.
We all climbed out and the pilot offered to take pictures of us together and showed us some of the wonders of the glacier. Standing on clear ice seeing a river of meltwater running under you is weird and a little scary... as are the huge cravasses that go on forever. I was able to take some great photos throughout. Oh, and don't step on the snow as you never know if there is anything under it!
We had a flight of 4 helicopters and you could make out the 1st in the distance as we landed, we were number 2 but there was no sight of 3 or 4 so you felt pretty isolated.
All too soon it was time to take off and go back to base having had an experience not to forget. Just remember the camera, a jacket and most definitely some sunglasses.
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