Today we woke up bright and early. Departing at 9 a.m. sharp, we rode through the bitter cold, surrounded by frosty snowflakes that littered the bus windows. Our energetic guide Charlie explained the journey we were about to begin, and soon enough we all stood in the cold trying to contain our excitement—we knew that we were going to pile into a helicopter to hike a glacier but nothing could have prepared us for the sheer beauty and intensity of it. For many of us, it was our first time in a helicopter, making it feel like something straight out of a James Bond movie.

The ancient glacier, for me, was one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been. The cold cut to the bone and the glass-like ice that surrounded us left me in utter awe. Knowing that we were walking on a 700-meter deep blanket of ice was almost as scary as the minefield of crevasses that littered the area.

At the end of our hike, the helicopter picked us up, producing one of the most intense times of the trip. The blades of the helicopter created an ice storm that nearly blew us over. As we returned to the landing area, the clear view of the glacier looked like the perfect picture. After some On Assignment work time and a killer dinner we finally dragged our tired bodies to bed.

The next day, we started our day with a cereal breakfast at 8 a.m. After, we watched a presentation from Ulla teaching us about aperture, ISO, shutter speed, landscape photos, portrait photos, and interviewing. Then we got our warm clothes on and went out for a hike to practice our newly acquired skills. After shooting the beautiful scenery of the mountains, we went to a café to grab lunch and work on our on-assignment projects. We thoroughly went through our photos and videos and checked in with our leaders to get feedback on our work. Then, we went back to the hostel and began to cook pasta and we ended the night with our nightly meeting.

Photo by Jack L.

Photo by Jack L.

Photo by Olivia S.

Photo by Olivia S.