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We arrived at Franz Joseph a couple of hours later and checked into a hostel with a camp site out the back on astroturf, I let Justin worry about how we would get the tent pegs though the turf as I made a cuppa. This town is famous for the Franz Joseph glacier, it's a very small town but has a good feel about it. We decided to book for our glacier trek for the following day as the weather would be changing after that and as we went into the main office the lady behind the desk was so rude, she couldn’t be bothered to explain what was included in a half day tour and a full day, so when I asked Justin what his thoughts were he just said " attitude" to the lady and we both left to discuss whether we drive further south and do a tour on Fox glacier instead, but because of time we went back in the office and just booked up. Now I loved every minute of seeing Moreno glacier in South America, to get to walk on this one was very exciting. We met at the main office the following morning and toe guides drove us up to the glacier and we had to walk for about one hour till we reached the glacier face which was awesome, to see it sweeping down between the mountains is truly an awesome to see. We were split up into three groups; group one fast walking in good health, group two; moderate speed and health and group three who just wanted to take it easy. So being keen to get up there we decided to join group one and our guide was Ryan from UK. He was great so full of energy and really enthusiastic he gave us our crampons and ice picks and off we went.
The afternoon got better as we had climber a fair bit, Ryan walked ahead looking for new caves and crevasses to enter and he did find one cave but there was a huge crack running through it so he wasn’t happy with us walking through it but we all climbed inside as he took our photos. Then just when we thought we would never find a crevasse he shouted us to follow him and he had found a massive crevasse which was just wide enough for us to walk through, it was a little scary as it could fall at any point if the glacier decided to move, so we rushed through to the other end, it was so exciting. We then walked through a cave and the colours were amazing, I got to see what ice blue really looks like. When we were walking back down we say a Kia parrot which nest in the forest nearby and they were really funny they walked right up to us looking for food and when they flew off we could see their beautiful red wings. By the time we climbed back down from the glacier I was absolutely shattered, my feet were aching and I just wanted to put my flip flops on. When we got back to our campsite we took a small walk and had chips for tea.