Fox Glacier Guiding: Half Day Flying Fox Helihike
Combining the thrill of 2 helicopter flights, you will have the opportunity to explore a remote and pristine part of the glacier on foot, with your knowledgeable guide. Glacial forces are greatest in this area and often create spectacular ice caves, arches and tunnels, brilliantly blue ...
FLYING FOX - HELIHIKE
Duration: 4 Hours
The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches.
Equipped with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. You then circle the upper icefall and Victoria Falls before landing.
Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here.
Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Weather permitting; ice time is up to 3 hours.
Please note that this is a natural and ever changing environment. Ice features change constantly and no guarantee can be given that specific features will be seen.
Fitness Level: Some fitness and agility is required.
- Two helicopter flights
- Ground transport
- Leather boots and socks
What to Bring:
- 3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing
- Sunglasses and sun protection
- Jeans are not recommended on wet days - Cotton pants or trackpants are more suitable
- A day pack is useful and a drink and snacks are a good idea
- Your own boots and raincoats may be suitable
- For winter trips bring a warm hat and gloves.
Check in at Fox Glacier Guiding base building 44 Main Street, Fox Glacier / Meet Guide and transfer to heli pad / Get kitted out in equipment and safety briefing / Fly to Fox Glacier with a scenic flight over the upper icefall and past Victoria Falls / Land and Explore this pristine and awe-inspiring environment for up to 3 hours / Transfer back by helicopter to Fox Glacier township.
- 8.50 am/ 11.50 am (all year)
- 2:50 pm (on demand in summer season)
- Closed Christmas Day