To get a better sense of the size and majesty of Franz Josef Glacier view 'Top of the World' On Black
From the Glacier Country website
Julius von Haast, geologist and explorer, named Franz Josef Glacier in 1863, after the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Approximately 7000 years old, and a remnant of a much older and larger glacier which originally swept right to the sea, Franz Josef Glacier extends 12 kilometres from its three feeder glaciers in the high snow fields of the Alps. Today the terminal face is a mere 19 kilometres from the sea and just 5 kilometres from the township.
During our travels of the south island of New Zealand we made a tour through glacier country. Now, prior to our visit we had no idea that these magnificant glaciers existed. We stopped at Franz Josef Glacier for the night and spent a good portion of the morning walking up to the glacier. Unfortunately, if we had planned better, we could have taken a helicopter ride to the top of the glacier...but alas there was no last minute joining up for what would have been a memorable trip...probably the thing I regret most about our jaunt.
This is was shot with a zoom lens on an old Canon Rebel and scanned from the original film negative. A wider shot of the glacier can be seen here.
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand