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A group of adventurers set off to explore the Aletsch Glacier at the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch.

Photograph taken from The Sphynx.

The Aletsch Glacier (German: Aletschgletscher) or Great Aletsch Glacier (German: Grosser Aletschgletscher) is the largest glacier in the Alps. It has a length of about 23 km and covers more than 120 square kilometres (more than 45 square miles) in the eastern Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Aletsch Glacier is composed by three smaller glaciers converging at Concordia, where its thickness is estimated to be near 1 km. It then continues towards the Rhone valley before giving birth to the Massa river.

The whole area, including other glaciers is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.

Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 55-200mm Nikkor lens @ 10mm, iso 100, f/4, 1/3200 sec HDR created from 3 images (-2,0,+2), tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4.

Image added on 6th of July, 2011.

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • ElsieBell
    ElsieBellover 3 years ago

    as always, breathtaking, your landscapes are out of this world :-)

  • Wow, thank you for such a wonderful comment Elsie!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    What a surreal perspective. Such tiny people and such HUGE rock!

  • It sure gives a good idea of just how huge the place is doesn’t it?

    – Luke Griffin

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Indeed and well done. How long of a summit climb was it for you all? Oh, and be sure to post the pano from the top. ;)

  • Many thanks Joe.
    We didn’t climb the actual summit… that’s a technical (and at the moment a physical) skill that is out of my league. lol
    Check out the link about ‘the sphynx’ mate for more info on where this was shot from if you’re interested.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Looks breathtakingly beautiful…..And freezing cold!!

  • It sure was… on both counts! ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

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