Glaciers & Icebergs

Glaciers and icebergs are formed by snow which falls up the land and builds up layer upon layer, compressing to become ice. If this ice starts to move from an area where it is accumulating to an area where it is ablating then it is a glacier, a river of ice which has huge erosive force. Glaciers vary in size from cirque glaciers to continental scale glaciers such as the East Antarctic Ice Sheet which is up to 5 km thick. If a glacier reaches the sea or a lake pieces of it will break off,  these pieces are icebergs. We see icebergs on our volcano and geology tour of Iceland and alos on our PolarWorld Travel placed expedition cruises to the Antarctic and Arctic.

Glaciers feature in the follow trips and destinations:


Multiple voyages - Antarctica is the most heavily glaciated place in the world. Glaciers and icebergs are seen on all these trips


Multiple voyages - Glaciers as well as huge icebergs are seen on our voyages to Greenland.


A Vulcanologist's Dream - Iceland is the land of Fire and Ice. On the trip we visit several outlet glaciers of the Vatnajökull ice cap

Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen - the island is dominated by the massive Beerenberg volcano from which flow glaciers to the sea

South Georgia 

Multiple voyages - South Georgia is a glaciated island with many glaciers to be seen.


Multiple voyages - Svalbard is a glaciated archipelago with many glaciers to be seen.

A photograph of five people standing in front of icebergs in Jokulsarlon Lagoon, taken on a GeoWorld Travel iceberg trip and geology holiday
A GeoWorld Travel group with small icebergs inJokulsarlon Lagoon - Iceland
Photograph of a helicopter flying in front a piedmont glacier, the Canada Glacier, in Antarctica's Dry Valleys on a PolarWorld Travel placed cruise
The Canada Glacier in the Dry Valleys - Ross Sea, Anatarctica
A photograph of a tabular iceberg with two arches, taken in the Ross Sea Antarctica, on a PolarWorld Travel placed cruise
A tabular iceberg with two arches, in the Ross Sea, Antarctica