When I first arrived in Franz Josef with the bus company I was travelling with I was skeptical about actually doing the glacier walk due to the cost. However I was talked into it and in retrospective I'm glad I did it.
I decided to go with the Ice Explorer which included a helicopter ride (pretty short, around 5 minutes) and a glacier walk of around 3 hours. The entire tour took maybe 4 hours from the time we stepped into the shop until we stepped out of it. The cost was $260 because I was booking with my bus company, otherwise it was $300, which really is nothing compared to the experience you get for that money.
In the group we were 11 people and 1 guide (Vince). Our guide was extremely caring and made sure everyone was alright and always put safety in first priority. I felt very well taken care of when walking on the glacier.
Over all this was the feeling I got from all the guides - that saftey always comes first and that they possess a whole lot of knowledge of what they are doing.
I was lucky to have clear blue sky when going up on the glacier because as they are dependent on helicopters to take you to the glacier they can't do any tours if the weather is bad. This happened to some people I spoke to. We were also treated to a bit of a special helicopter ride as the pilot wanted to watch the skydivers which provided us with some spectacular views.
Over all I whole-heartedly recommend this company! Professional from the very first encounter to the very last.
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