Photograph of Stein Glacier by Alex Nichol

Stein Glacier

Day six of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to the Stein Glacier, a 5km river of ice terminating in an almost fluorescent pool of turquoise melt water just North of the Swisstalian border.

It sits along the Susten Pass, a river of twisting alpine tarmac some 2,264m above sea level, filled with steep narrow cliff-edge roads riddled with hairpins, many with no barriers or walls.

Photograph of Sustenpass, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

The journey was stunning, but utterly terrifying for someone with a fear of heights. There was a 28°c temperature difference between the summit and the valley below.

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.

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