10 Most Dangerous Glaciers in the World

If you are an adventure lover, feel free to explore glaciers in the remote mountainous areas. Some of the biggest and oldest glaciers are present close to cities and towns, causing countless problems for human communities. On land, lakes formed on the top of glaciers during summer season lead to floods. More dangers are caused when glaciers flow across a stream or river. Back in 1986, Hubbard Glacier in Alaska surged and was the reason of blocking the outlet of Russell Fjord, entrapping a large lake. Around 2000 people died as a result of the extreme flood. Since then, measures have been taken to alert the human beings about possible arrival of floods so that they can move to safe places. Below we have discussed the 10 most dangerous glaciers in the world.

10. Pasterze, Austria


It is the biggest and of course a dangerous glacier of Austria. The Pasterze sits at the foot of the towering Glossglockner, the largest mountain of the country. Besides the fact that this is a risky to go place, still many tourists love to see the beauty of this mountain. Close to it are situation a number of small towns, and the popular lakeside resort, Zell am See. With its busy visitor’s centre on the Grossglocknerstrasse mountain road, it is easy to trek. According to scientists, the glacier is receding by a ridiculous 33 ft per year, so during summer season this should not be your favourite spot of spending holidays.

9.Perito Moreno, Argentina


The Perito Moreno is one of the top notch sights of Argentine Patagonia. This huge glacier is fed by the South Patagonian ice field in the Andes. Unlike most of the nearby icebergs, this one has advanced with the passage of time with no shrinking ever recorded by scientists.This glacier is easy to access in Argentina, but we suggest you to stay away from it because of the glacier’s flood causing abilities. Some of the close viewing areas, however, allow travellers to get stunned with natural beauty and some unique close-ups.

8.Hubbard, Alaska, USA


The longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, the Hubbard is known to extend every day. Currently, it has expanded up to 76 miles from its source on Mt. Logan. As this USA glacier is advancing, it’s another one that’s actively ‘calving’. This has ice shelves that can be reached via boat and private ships. Because of the unsymmetrical shape of the glacier, people often name it to be dangerous because this can cause explosions from the water as the ice blocks fall.

7.Athabasca, Canada


Straddling the continental divide, this glacier is one of the prominent parts of the Rocky Mountains’ Columbia Icefield. Without any doubt, it is a marvellous Canadian attraction. The glacier is expanding in size and mass.It is reported that this is a dangerous to explore glacier. People have died by falling into the deep crevasses that are hiding in the glacier.For tourists, nowadays, the glacier and adjoining area has been blocked off via barriers.

6.Vatnajokull, Iceland


The Vatnajokull is a beautiful and attractive glacier of Iceland. By ratio, it is said to be humongous, and covers 8% of the country, so can be regarded as the largest glacier of Europe.This is also present in a wild wonderland of a couple of landscapes, surrounding by active volcanoes, ice cave and hot springs. It is easy to hike the glacier through a nearby national park. Guided tours are arranged on a daily basis for families, friends, and university students. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it’s also the ‘object of the world’s longest sight line’. The glacier has been said to be dangerous because it has taken many lives.

5. Yulong, China


Unlike the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, this glacier is known to sit high. It is a popular natural attraction of China, and is so high that it is difficult to climb. In order to reach its observation deck, you have to bring with you a bag of oxygen, because climbers would find it difficult to breath at the top of the mountain. The glacier is situated in the Yunnan Province of China, and is said to be receding at an alarming rate. This is, however, one of the main sources of water for the nearby towns and cities. Melting of ice in summer days often lead to flood in Yulong River that bursts its banks.

4. The Antarctic


Along with Greenland, the Antarctic is containing about ninety percent of the world’s glacier ice. It looks incredible because of ice formations. But sadly, this glacier sheds around 150 billion tons of ice annually – an amount which cannot be replaced. Because of the extremely high level of ice shedding, this glacier should be stayed away from by anyone who is a tourist and desires to see the beauty of the place. If you still have made your mind, try the kayaking expedition to the towering ice shelves and visit the Emperor Penguins.

3.Eqi Glacier, Greenland


The Eqi Glacier is a heavy hitter of the world. Besides the fact that this is a dangerous spot, still many visitors love to go there to enjoy fresh atmosphere and calm environment. We can definitely name it to be an active glacier, which is advancing rather than receding. The glacier has constantly carved, dropping heavy ice blocks into the fjord water below. This is difficult to approach; people often enjoy ice skating and other sports in this Greenland area.

2.Glacier National Park, Montana, USA


During 1850, the area of Glacier National Park began expanding and today it is the hub of 150 active glaciers. It is present in Montana, USA. We cannot regard it to be having one dangerous glacier, because there are 25 most active and life-threatening.For example, the Sperry glacier has receded; it is known to cover an area as big as 800 acres in 1901 to less than 250 acres as of records. This offers countless beautiful hiking routes, and provides the tourists with a chance of viewing incredible wildlife.

1.Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru


The Quelccaya is one of the heaviest and largest ice caps of the tropics of Peru. It contracts by over 600 ft a year and experts have estimated that this is likely to go till 2100.The glacier is shrinking, and is dangerous enough to make you feel shocked once you stand close to it.