In a previous post I wrote about my experience hiking the Franz Josef Glacier.
However, I almost didn’t get that opportunity to hike the glacier. Luckily, I was put on standby for the following day and got in the tour! Franz Josef’s weather is quite unpredictable and tours are often canceled. I especially booked three nights in Franz Josef just in case my tour was canceled.
After my tour was canceled, I met someone by the tour office and we decided to do the Valley Walk together. The Franz Josef Glacier tour company offered to give me a guided walk, but I opted to do it myself.
(Note: you do not need a guide to do the Valley Walk. However, you do need a guide to get on the Glacier and do the hike.)
It was a little rainy on the day my Franz Josef Glacier hike was canceled, but it wasn’t that bad! We somehow ended up walking for about 5 hours (I don’t think the walk takes 5 hours but we were taking our time and taking a lot of pictures.) The Valley Walk is a very scenic walk that takes you up to the glacier and you can admire the glacier from a distance.