Our time in Switzerland is wrapping up, and we’ve really packed in the fun! Our first day started with a gondola ride up to First, a nearby tall peak with views of Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks in the background. After a hike up to an alpine lake, we took three methods of descending the mountain: zipline, hike, and scooter! The final adventure of the day was an excellent and inspiring presentation by our Nat Geo expert, Keith Ladzinski.
In the following days, we took a train to a gondola to a tram up to a small, carless village called Mürren. It’s one of the highest altitude villages in Switzerland and the views are incredible! The photo students took portraits while the film students did their first interview. The group shared our first fondue of the trip at dinner after returning to Grindelwald. The next day we took a gorgeous, windy bus ride to Zermatt, and then hopped a gondola up to our hotel, which is on top of a mountain. We have a perfect view of the Matterhorn from the hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon swimming in the (cold!) lake outside, eating, laughing, and shooting photos and videos of the sunset. The students got some gorgeous shots!
From Zermatt, we took two gondolas way up above the clouds to the Klein Matterhorn (“Glacier Paradise”) – a cold yet stunning peak overlooking the Matterhorn. We enjoyed 360 degree views, did a bit of glacial tubing, and explored an ice palace inside the glacier. From there, we took a gondola one stop down and began a three-hour hike back to the hotel. The landscape was surreal – more like a desert moonscape – with views of the Matterhorn the whole way. We picnicked on the side of a big rock overlooking a glacial lake! We also experienced some of the mountain’s majestic weather – with intermittent hail and rain along the way. Despite the gray clouds and glacial chill, the whole group did great – singing and taking pictures the whole way. We were all happy to have some rest and relaxation when we got back to the hotel. The students are working hard on their On Assignment projects and making some great pictures and videos! We, the leaders, are loving this group more and more each day!
On our last night here in Zermatt, the video students are putting together a large project including an interview with our Nat Geo expert, Keith Ladzinski. The photo students are collecting all kinds of beautiful pictures from landscapes to stories, portraits, and double exposures as everyone works toward their final projects. We’re all excited for the final stage of our journey: Chamonix, France!