For those who live where summer time is hot, it can be hard to find summer trips that are not among the ordinary. This summer, take an ice tour at one of the many destinations up North. Be sure to prepare yourself, though. Ice walking isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Ice walking is a great alternative to hiking when the heat becomes too hot. Anyone who is into fitness and exercise will surely be glad to hear there are different things to do in summer than what they do every year. It can also be a great summer trip to just get away from things for a while. Below are a few ice tours that may sound appealing.
Athabasca Glacier Icewalks in Alberta, Canada
Beginning the first of June and continuing through the end of September, Athabasca Glacier Icewalks in Alberta, Canada, begins its seasonal ice walk tours. Join people from all over the world as they travel to the Columbia Icefield to ice walk on their summer trip of a lifetime.
Ice Cubed Ice Walk. With groups of around 10 to 15 people, the “Ice Cubed” ice walk begins around 11 a.m. and lasts anywhere from three to four hours. Prices for adults runs around $60 and $30 for children 7 to 16 years of age. For homeschooling families or families that take educational field trips, this ice tour is packed full of information about the glaciers and their components. It’s a great learning experience along with a fitness adventure for both children and adults.
Icewalk in the Afternoon. Book an ice tour for the “Icewalk in the Afternoon” and meet-up at the parking lot nearest the glacier. In the parking lot, ice walk tour guides will fill visitors in on what to expect, check for levels of fitness, and hand out proper ice walking equipment. Lasting about 2 1/2 hours, the ice walking tour sets off on a journey along the ice trail leading ice walkers to view the glacier. Prices for the “Icewalk in the Afternoon” ice tour run adults about $45 to $50, and children ages 7 to 16 will pay around $25.
Icewalk Deluxe Ice Tour. For those who are up for a bit of a challenge, join the tour guides for the “Icewalk Deluxe” ice walking tour. The total ice tour time will run around five to six hours, so only more experienced fitness levels should consider this ice tour. Ice walking into some of the most rugged areas of the glacier, ice walkers will have the experience of viewing three icefalls, upper level crevasses and much more. The terrain is bumpy with uphill and downhill trails. If you are not in top fitness condition, it is advised to take one of the shorter ice walking tours. Adult prices are around $70 per person and $35 for children ages 7 to 16.
Contact Information for Ice Walks
Anyone wanting to join in the ice walks on the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada, can call 800-565-7547.