Another World At The Mer De Glace

Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

My family were visiting from the UK last weekend, and since they don’t get much snow over there they were keen to see some up close. So on Saturday we visited the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France. Fortunately we saw some sunshine in the morning, but as the afternoon went on the clouds started to roll in and engulf the valley carved by the glacier. This is probably one of the moodiest scenes I’ve witnessed in the Alps. I was actually glad the sun was hidden behind the clouds!

While we were up there we took the 400 steps down (and back up again!) to walk inside the glacier, had a lovely lunch at the Grand HΓ΄tel Restaurant and tried some snowshoeing for the first time. I hope to get out with some snowshoes again before the winter is over, it was great fun and made getting about on the snow so much easier. I’m hoping they might lead me to some otherwise inaccessible spots with fantastic views of snow capped peaks. Fingers crossed!

Have you ever visited a glacier? Did you get inside of it?! Or maybe you’re a big fan of snowshoeing? I’d love to hear from you!

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19 thoughts on “Another World At The Mer De Glace

    1. Ben Post author

      Wow, pictures of New Zealand never fail to leave me weak at the knees! Thanks for sharing that πŸ™‚ There is something so awe-inspiring about a glacier, I’d like to take a guided hike across one some time.

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  1. Heyjude

    Lovely moody monotone photo Ben. I have seen glaciers in both Switzerland and Norway, but never walked on one.or in one. That must be quite an experience.
    Jude xx

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jude. Ah Norway, another country I would love to explore some day. The thing that struck me inside the glacier was just how clear and blue the ice was. It’s just so pure. Fascinating!

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  2. heidikins

    Gorgeous shot! I go snowshoeing often during the winter here (Rocky Mountain West), it’s one of my favorite things. There are a few glaciers around, I have taken a sled down one (it’s the shortcut down a 1,200 ft mountain climb), hiked on some in Montana, and they are just spectacular!

    xox

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    1. Ben Post author

      Sounds like you’ve had some great glacier experiences. I’d love to take a hike on one some day, I can imagine that just takes the spectacular feeling to the next level. Taking a sled down one sounds dangerous, I assume there are no crevices in the glacier?! We are both lucky to live in the company of mountains!

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  3. Claire Edwards

    I haven’t seen a glacier up close, but I did try snowshoeing in Canada at Christmas, absolutely loved it. Like you say makes walking in the snow much easier and more accessible πŸ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      Sounds fantastic, whereabouts in Canada where you snowshoeing? It’s so much fun, especially if there’s been a fresh dump of snow just beforehand. There is no fear of falling!

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  4. i*Kan

    Beautiful! We have a different version of winter here in HK. I love seeing the snow, but am happy to be past days of shoveling my car out of it πŸ™‚ BTW, I downloaded a trial version of Lightroom, inspired by your video post. Do pop over and take a look at my latest photos and tell me what you think! Cheers, K

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Kan. I know what you mean about the snow, often it can be a real pain in daily life. Fortunately we’ve had no snow in Geneva yet this year, but I shouldn’t speak too soon on that one! I’ll take a look at your shots, glad you decided to give it a try πŸ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      Ah yes, beside the Furka Pass. I love that part of Switzerland! The valley there is spectacular, and the roads a work of art. Unfortunately we completely missed the glacier. We’ll have to make it a priority next time.

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