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