More from glacier country! South of Franz Josef is the Fox Glacier, equally beautiful and slightly less visited. We hiked up in the clouds and jogged out in the midst of a deluge, but were able to appreciate the landscape that changed shape before our eyes.
We had a better viewing angle at this glacier: instead of looking up at the base of ice, we were looking down at the glacier and its immediate run off. We could see waterfalls and a number of boulders tumble by—no hiking off trail here!
This was one of the most dramatic glacial valleys we saw, or at least it had the most distinctive 'u' shape. Check out those sheer cliffs plunging into the riverbed.