Franz Josef Glacier and Queenstown in the South Island, New Zealand
01.02.2011 - 07.03.2011
On our way to Queenstown we stopped at the Franz Josef Glacier - a glacier that is called that way, because an Austrian first climbed the Franz Josef Mountain and named it (being a good Austrian) after the then rulling Austrian Emporer FRanz Josef. This glacier comes from that mountain.
I had never seen a glacier before and was really fascinated by the blue ice and the constanct cracking you hear (hence the glacier is moving) but also by the glacier water that was still light blue in the river due to sediments it carried. However it was also distressing how dirty the glacier looked - from all the pollution, vulcano ash and rocks that lay on top.
After this cool stop we needed some craziness and therefore Queenstown was just perfect!
Queenstown is the Mekka for any extreme sports freak! Anything that might kill you but looks good - you can it find here!
I did my first bungee jump there in 2005 and now it should be Steffi's turn.
The jump at Queenstown is only about 23m high, but since it is on a hill, you think that you fall right down the valley - something so terrifying that I wasn't too keen on repeating it - but Steffi loved it!