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It’s no secret that glaciers across the world are receding. Here are some amazing glaciers in Europe you have to visit before they’re gone. 

Why Europe Is a Great Place to See Glaciers

Europe is a great place to see glaciers because many of these icy masses are not only stunning but also easily accessible. While people often think you need to visit somewhere more remote like Greenland or Alaska to experience a real glacier, it turns out you don’t. Europe is home to thousands of glaciers, some of them measuring over 10 miles long! 

The Best Time of Year to See Europe’s Glaciers

The best time of year to plan on seeing a glacier in Europe is between mid-June and September. While you can see a glacier any time of year, during the summer the snow has melted off the ice, making their deep blue color really pop. 

Glaciers – Things to Do

Below are some options of the top ways to experience a glacier and glacier activities you can do during your trip to Europe.

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Drive to a Glacier

The easiest option if you want to see a glacier is to drive up. Numerous high-mountain passes throughout the Alps make this choice a no-brainer if you want to experience ice cascading over the mountainsides without a lot of work. 

Scenic Glacier Drives: 

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Cable Cable Car to a Glacier

Throughout central Europe, cable cars are a frequent mode of transportation that can whisk you up to glacier views in a matter of minutes. Some of these cable cars may even take you to a hut on top of a glacier. 

Cable Car Accessible Glaciers: 

Hike to a Glacier

For people who want to walk up to the foot of a glacier, hiking is a great choice. Hiking trails offer a variety of angles and viewpoints to soak up the views from. Glacier hiking also has fewer crowds than cable cars and drive-up locations. 

Glacier Hikes to Check Out: 

Glacier Skiing

Throughout Europe, skiing is available nearly year-round thanks to glacier resorts. While you may not be able to see the glacier as well since it’s covered in snow, it’s a unique way to get out on the ice. 

Glacier Ski Resorts

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Take a Glacier Tour

Get up close with a glacier by taking a glacier tour! If you’ve always wanted to step foot on a glacier, be sure to hire a guide to take you across one. Traveling across glaciers can be dangerous without the proper equipment and experience, so booking a tour is a great way to see more than you could on your own. Booking a tour also allows you to learn more about these icy masses and how they’ve impacted the landscape over millions of years. 

Glacier Tour Companies: 

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Book a Helicopter Tour

For a truly incredible experience, consider booking a glacier helicopter tour. Companies like these allow you to not only get breathtaking views that can’t be had any other way, but many of them also land directly on the glacier where you’re given time to safely explore with a guide. Helicopter tours are one of the most expensive options and are extremely weather dependent, but if seeing a glacier is a bucket-list item, it’s well worth planning for. 

Helicopter Tour Companies

The Best Glaciers to Visit in Europe

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Switzerland

Aletsch Glacier

Morteratsch Glacier

Eiger Glacier

Moming Glacier

Oberaar Glacier

Lower Grindelwald Glacier

Photo by Michiel Annaert on Unsplash

France

Mer de Glace

Glacier d’Argentière

Glacier Noir

Glacier d’Arsine

Seil de la Baque

Italy

Marmolada Glacier

Miage Glacier

Forni Glacier

Vedretta del Mandrone

Photo by ilyessuti on Pixabay

Austria

Pasterze Glacier

Hallstätter Glacier 

Innergschlöss / Schlatenkees

Gurgler Glacier

Rotmoosferner

Taschachferner

Sonnblickkees

Photo by Darya Tryfanava on Unsplash

Norway

Jostedalsbreen

Svartisen

Nigardsbreen

Austerdalsbreen

Engabreen

Folgefonna

Hardangerjøkulen

Photo by Michał Mancewicz on Unsplash

Iceland 

Vatnajökull

Heinabergsjokull

Svínafellsjökull

Sólheimajökull

Falljökull

Skaftafellsjökull

Skeiðarárjökull

Kvíárjökull

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