Airport Construction Threatens Andean Environments and Cultural Monuments

10 December 2019, by

Construction of a mountain airport has landed the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru—a world heritage site—on the World Monument Fund’s “Watch List.” Archaeologists, environmentalists, and social activists worry that greater access to the region will lead to unrestrained tourism, putting ancient sites, traditional ways of living, and fragile environments at risk.

Video of the Week: Hellish Bike Race Down French Alpine Glacier

13 November 2019, by

British online publication SPORTbible posted a video on their twitter handle this week profiling the mad “Mountain of Hell” bike race—a yearly competition where hundreds of mountain bikers careen 8200 feet down a glacier at Les Deux Alpes ski resort in France.

Photo Friday: Flashback with Historical Photos of Glacier National Park

1 November 2019, by

Glacier National Park has digitized and uploaded photographs from the 1940s through the 1960s. These photos provide a glimpse into the past and reveal how the landscape within the park has changed over time.

Melting Glaciers Threaten Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand

29 October 2019, by

Melting glaciers are threatening Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand. A new study examines the impacts of receding glaciers on geotourism and visitor experience within the park.

Park Officials Remove Signs Warning That Some Glaciers Will Disappear by 2020

20 August 2019, by

Until recently, signs at Glacier National Park warned visitors that the park’s glaciers would disappear by 2020. Now, they convey a more nuanced story about human-caused climate change and glacial melt.

Sitting on the Edge of a Troll’s Tongue

13 August 2019, by

GlacierHub writer Maria Dombrov shares her experiences hiking a famous rock formation called Troll’s Tongue, or Trolltunga in Norwegian, which offers scenic views of Folgefonna Glacier.

Swing, Kick, Swing: Ice Climbing on a Norwegian Glacier

7 August 2019, by

In previous GlacierHub posts, I’ve written about last chance tourism, but now, I was actually living it. In this story, read about my personal experience on Austerdalsbreen, a Norwegian glacier.

Photo Friday: The Summertime Lure of the World’s Iconic Glaciers

12 July 2019, by

Glaciers lie on each of the world’s seven large landmasses, meaning, while they’re often located in relatively remote areas, one needn’t travel to the polar regions to observe the remnants of the last Ice Age—which makes them a popular vacation draw.

Dispatch From the Cryosphere: Amid the Glaciers of Antarctica and Chile

10 July 2019, by

Glacier researcher Kate Cullen spent the early months of 2019 visiting the glaciated landscapes of Antarctica and Chile, where an observer can find beauty as well as signs of a cryosphere in crisis.

Photo Friday: Jostedal Glacier—Europe’s Largest Glacier

28 June 2019, by

This week’s Photo Friday highlights Jostedal Glacier’s scenic landscape. Jostedal Glacier is mainland Europe’s largest glacier.

US Forest Service Plans to Overhaul Tourism at Mendenhall Glacier

26 June 2019, by

Last chance tourists are increasingly seeking out rapidly deteriorating natural wonders like Alaska’s iconic Mendenhall Glacier.

Video of the Week: A Stroll Through Myvatnsjokull Glacier

12 June 2019, by

In GlacierHub’s Video of the Week, tour guide Halldor Sigurdsson walks through an ice tunnel inside Iceland’s Myvatnsjokull Glacier.