The most beautiful glaciers of the world

The most beautiful glaciers of the world

Touristically available glaciers

For most people, the glaciers are just a place for climbers or polar bears. Here is a list of glaciers that you can simply visit or get on foot on a hike or trek. Ice beauty gets almost everybody.

Perito Moreno Glacier
-50.473, -73.051
300 m / 984 ft

#1 Perito Moreno Glacier

The most famous Patagonian glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is without a doubt one of the biggest attractions of the Argentine side of Patagonia. There are 48 glaciers going down from the south patagonian ice field, but this is just the most famous, the most visited, but probably the most beautiful one. Its length is a total of 30km. It is also massive in width - almost 5 kilometers.

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Gray Glacier
-50.962, -73.243
442 m / 1 450 ft

#2 Gray Glacier

The most famous glacier in Torres del Paine

One of the most interesting places of the Torres del Paine National Park is the Gray Glacier - one of the many glaciers of the mighty South-Patagonian glacier field.

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Baltoro Glacier
35.736, 76.371
4 235 m / 13 894 ft

#3 Baltoro Glacier

Glacial highway covered with debris

The Baltoro Glacier is with 63 kilometers of long one of the longest glaciers outside the Arctic region at all. Located is in the spectacular Karakoram Mountains. Treks lead to the famous place of Concordia, overlooking the world's second highest mountain - K2

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Grande Glacier
-49.319, -73.031
796 m / 2 612 ft

#4 Grande Glacier

The ornament of the Torre lagoon

The highlight of the Torre lagoon hike is not only a stunning view of the mighty granite tower of Cerro Torre, but also of the magnificent Grande glacier leading directly to the lagoon

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Biafo Glacier
35.882, 75.699
4 192 m / 13 753 ft

#5 Biafo Glacier

A glacier leading to the mysterious Snow Lake

Biafo Glacier is one of the longest glaciers outside the Arctic region. It is 67 kilometers long and is formed under the Hispar la pass in the mysterious gigantic Snow Lake

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Aletschgletscher Glacier
46.489, 8.053
2 640 m / 8 661 ft

#6 Aletschgletscher Glacier

Europe's largest glacier

Aletschgletscher is the largest glacier in Europe, and in the Alps. It is 23 km long. It is located in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. There are several cable cars leading to the glacier, which can be enjoyed by magnificent sightseeing routes. In the vicinity of the glacier there is a mountain village where you can stay.

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Glacier in Kilimanjaro
-3.079, 37.355
5 858 m / 19 219 ft

#7 Glacier in Kilimanjaro

The fading ice gem on the equator

On the top of Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain of Africa - you can still see the remnants of the beautiful glacier. Unfortunately, every year it's shrinking, so maybe it will not last long and Kili comes to his famous cap

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Snow Lake
36.002, 75.589
4 714 m / 15 466 ft

#8 Snow Lake

Mysterious lake in the heart of Karakoram

Snow Lake is a gigantic high-altitude glacial basin at the top of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers in the heart of Karakoram. You will be here within a challenging trek through the Hispar la pass

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Khumbu glacier
27.985, 86.84
5 100 m / 16 732 ft

#9 Khumbu glacier

The most famous glacier in Nepal

The most famous glacier in Nepal - Khumbu has only about twelve kilometers in length, which is not much compared with other glaciers. You can find longer even in the European Alps. But it is interesting mainly due to so-called Khumbu Icefall  - very dangerous part of the ascent route to Mount Everest. It is also quite wide, in some places it has about a kilometer in width.

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Passu Glacier
36.459, 74.856
2 947 m / 9 669 ft

#10 Passu Glacier

18 km long glacier

Only a short distance from the village of Passu is the scenic Passu Lake, where a huge glacier of the same name opens. There are many seven-month peaks in its surroundings.

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Grenzgletscher Glacier
45.948, 7.815
3 019 m / 9 905 ft

#11 Grenzgletscher Glacier

A glacier from Monte Rosa

The Grenzgletscher glacier is adjacent to Gornergletscher, Zwillingsgletsher, Schwärzegletscher. Together, it is a massive group of glaciers around the Monte Rosa massif and is one of the largest in the Alps after Grosser Aletschgletscher. With the warming of the globe, however, the glaciers are also dwindling.

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Engilchek Glacier
42.183, 79.821
3 365 m / 11 040 ft

#12 Engilchek Glacier

The most famous glacier of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a very mountainous country, but on Engilchek Glacier you can really feel like you are at the center of the mountain. Its length over 60 kilometers is one of the world's longest glaciers outside of the polar areas. In the eastern part it divides into two massive shoulders - the Northern and Southern Engilchek Glacier. After the Engilchek Glacier leads a very interesting trek overlooking Mount Chan Tengri

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Rhonegletscher Glacier
46.613, 8.396
2 787 m / 9 144 ft

#13 Rhonegletscher Glacier

Famous glacier under Furka Pass

Thanks to its good availability, the Rhonegletscher glacier is among the most visited glaciers. Here you will see how the glaciers disappear when you take a look at the photos from 1900s. In addition to beautiful views, you can also visit the local ice cave.

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Glacier Pasterze
47.09, 12.717
2 500 m / 8 202 ft

#14 Glacier Pasterze

The largest glacier in Austria

More than eight kilometers long glacier Pasterze is not only the largest glacier in Austria, but also throughout the entire eastern Alps. It flows down from completely glaciated mountain Johannisberg (3 453 m asl). Additionally, the highest mountain in Austria - Grossglockner (3 798 m asl) towers above it. It belongs among the biggest attractions throughout scenic Großglockner road.

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Vatnajökull Glacier
64.422, -16.79
1 594 m / 5 230 ft

#15 Vatnajökull Glacier

The largest Icelandic glacier

Vatnajokull is a glacier located in the southeast of Iceland. It is the largest glacier of the country and the second largest in Europe (just after Austfonn glacier in Spitsbergen). With an area of 8100 km², it covers roughly 8-10% of the island's surface. From its edges, about 20 glacier splashes are triggered. The name Vatnajökull is composed of the name Vötn - lake and jökull - glacier (Icelandic).

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Glacier Ngozumba
28.007, 86.698
5 000 m / 16 404 ft

#16 Glacier Ngozumba

The longest glacier in Nepal

The longest glacier in Nepal - Ngozumba is more than 36 kilometers long. It twists from eight thousand meters high Cho Oyu (8 201 m asl) around the famous tourist resort Gokyo. In some places it is kilometer and a half wide.  

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Glacier of Jade Dragon
27.106, 100.193
4 649 m / 15 253 ft

#17 Glacier of Jade Dragon

The southernmost glacier of the northern hemispher

The southernmost glacier of the northern hemisphere is located in the Snowy Mountains of Jade Dragon (Julong Xueshan). This place is located only a short distance from the lively city of Lijiang. You can conveniently take to the glacier by cable car, which will take you up to a dizzying height (4 506 m above sea level)

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Franz Josef Glacier
-43.446, 170.174
301 m / 988 ft

#18 Franz Josef Glacier

Beautiful glacier in the Westland National Park

Franz Josef Glacier, together with the Fox Glacier, is one of the most famous glaciers in New Zealand. It lies on the west coast of the South Island in the Westland National Park. Its forehead is a well-accessible by hiking trail. In addition, there is a glacier trail, so touristically more interesting than the neighboring Fox glacier

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Buarbreen Glacier
60.043, 6.443
659 m / 2 162 ft

#19 Buarbreen Glacier

Offshoot of the huge glacier Folgefonna

From the city of Odda you can take a variety of great hikes. One of them will take you to the Buerdalen Valley directly to the Buarbreen Glacier, one of the many ofshoots of the huge Folgefonn Glacier

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