The Great Aletsch Glacier

No matter whether you are at Moosfluh, Bettmerhorn, or Eggishorn, the view of the Aletsch Glacier is unique - looking down on the glacier from above, you are presented with an impressive view of this enormous stream of ice. This is quite unusual because anywhere else in the Alps you usually have to look up to a glacier.


A phenomenon without comparison
Another impressive fact about the Aletsch Glacier is its length: at 23 kilometers (75,463 ft), the Aletsch Glacier is the longest stream of ice in the Alps. The surface of the entire ice flow amounts to 86 square kilometers (53 square miles).

Just as impressive as the length is the depth of the ice. Scientists from ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich) have measured a depth of 900 meters (2,952 ft) at the Konkordiaplatz. The weight of the ice is calculated at 27 billion tons, which is equal to the weight of 72.5 million jumbo jets!

If we were to melt the glacier, the meltwater would suffice to provide every human being on earth with one liter of water a day for six years. The Aletsch Glacier is indeed a phenomenon without comparison!