Of all the cable-car trips in Saas Fee, if you only have time for one then choose a ride on the felskinn cable-car and then take the underground Metro to the Mittelallain, site of the world's highest revolving restaurant, at an elevation of 3,500 meters (11,480 feet). I can recall coming up here before breakfast - the sky was oh so blue and the alpine panorama amazing. The skiers were not up here yet and it was so peaceful.
They have 60 km well-groomed hiking path one nice hike is:
In March the new snow hiking trail "Britannia" has been opened which guarantees you an unforgettable experience at an altitude of 3000 m.
A real fairytale!
The high-altitude "Felskinn - Britannia - Felskinn" hiking trail.
This circular hike starts at the top station of the Felskinn cable-car and takes you via the Egginerjoch to the Britannia Hut, where Therese Renaud-Andenmatten, the hut warden, caters to the needs of snow- hikers, Nordic walkers and snowshoers. After a short detour to the "Little Allalin" viewpoint, the hike takes you back via the Chessjen glacier to the Egginerjoch.
This hiking trail in the snow is prepared and well signposted, and is about 5 km long. The 2-hour hike in the sunny Britannia area provides a unique experience high up in Saas-Fee's world of mountains and glaciers at 3000 m above sea-level.
this is a pollution free place,since they dont allow cars,only battery operated vehicles are permitted within the village of saas fee.it is a lovely place to be and offers an excellent view of the alps.
An absolutely breathtaking hike is to make the journey from Felskinn to the SAC hut known as the Britannia-Hütte.
Before you hike, PLEASE NOTE this is a very challenging technical hike at a very high altitude. It involves crossing snowfields, glaciers, and loose stones. Do not attempt this hike if you are not in shape or do not have the proper equipment.
To start, take "Alpin Metro" cable car from Saas-Fee to Felskinn. From Felskinn, follow the marked trail across the snowfield towards the Egginerjoch ski lift. From there, follow the unique "Alpenweg" trail markers (blue-white-blue, either on sticks, painted on rocks, or in the form of striped cones) across ice and loose round stones until you see the distinctive Britannia-Hütte uphill and in front of you. Follow the remnants of a ski trail until you arrive at the hut.
At the Britannia-Hütte, you can purchase a simple lunch if you like, but be aware prices will be as high as your altitude (keep in mind they do have to helicopter everything in!). If you want a sky-high sleeping experience, you can take advantage of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) accommodations and stay the night. Prices for a dorm bed are CHF 24.20 for SAC members, CHF 35.20 for non-members. Half-Pension (breakfast and dinner) cost an extra CHF 34.
NOTE: Britannia-Hütte is open approximately between March and September, depending on weather conditions.
On the walk to the Britannia Hütte, after you cross the Fee Glacier, you will come across another glacier: the Chessjen Glacier. Be careful to watch your footing, especially in the afternoon, because (as you would expect) the trail across the ice can be extremely slippery. From the Britannia Hütte, you can continue down the glacier towards Saas-Almagell if you wish. We decided to retrace our steps to Felskinn instead.
Want to walk on a glacier? The easiest glacier to walk on in the Saas-Fee area is the Fee Glacier. The two best ways to do this are either to take the "Alpin Metro" to the top station of Allalin and walk through the Ice Pavillion, or stop at the intermediate station of Felskinn and walk along the trail carved in the ice. We did the latter. As you can see, the views were tremendous.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a moderate to strenous hike, and will take between 3 and 4 hours. Be sure to bring a map. Also, check with the tourist office for the latest information on trail conditions and gondola service.
Walk down the main street (towards the Fee glacier) and follow signs to the "Luftseilbahn Spielboden-Längfluh." The trail begins behind the lift station. Follow the signs and continue the steep ascent to Spielboden. From Spielboden, continue up the even steeper and narrower trail until you reach the top. From the Längfluh station, take the gondola back to Saas-Fee.
You will find the Zermatt's neighbour, Saas-Fee, lying at the end of the Saas Valley on a high altitude plateau at a height of 1'800m asl. This car-free resort is surrounded by many four thousand metre peaks and glaciers like a shell, which specific geographical location has given it the famous name The Pearl of the Alps.
The Allalin/Mischabel alpine area offers great "superlative" discovery options as:
- a large choice for hiking paths on 350km long network.
- the impressive Metro Alpin is the highest funicular in the world.
- the world’s highest revolving restaurant with a exceptionnal view on Swiss highest peaks.
- the world’s largest ice grotto with a volume of more than 5500 cubic metres.
- a summer ski area with 20 km of varied glacier pistes at 3'600m. Also a meeting place for snowboarders at the Snow Park.
- an accesible peak for everyone, from the Metro station (3'454m) you will need 2 hours with a guide to do the ascent of the Allalinhorn (4'027m).
- the Mattmark dam, the biggest earth dam in Europe.
- the Europe's highest vineyard in Visperterminen (1'100m!!!) and the famous Heida wine.
Higher is Better!
The gondola up to langfluh (see transport tips) is a must for the stunning views of the glacier whether you have a zoom on your camera or not - you can get so much closer for real here. You can really see the texture of the ice and the crevases it has been made into. I was mesmerised by the icy spectacle here and could have stayed for hours up here just gazing at it all.
The views of the glaciers are what draw people to Saas Fee - I though they were better than the views we had at Grindelwald a couple of years earlier. If the view of the Matterhorn was available here I'm sure more people would take the post bus ride up the Saastal valley.
Langfluf has a lovely sunny terrace so if you want you can stay up here for as long as you like - even have deck chairs for hire (2-3 Sfr)
The basket chairs looked fun to lounge in too - they had leg rests which popped out from the bottom of the chair. Also they had shade from the intense sun at altitude and where 5 Sfr to rent. We didn't sample any food at the restaurant here -it was too soon after breakfast for us - but mountain huts are usually good.
Ok just had to have another close -up of the Fee glacier. The glaciers can be seen at close quarters by taking the gondola up to Langfluh (see transport tips) - or by a good zoom camera ;-) Best views in the village are from the bridge just after the church on the way to the Langfluh gondola.
I'm really grateful for the extra memory card that came as a surprise birthday present so i could take so many pics - thanks Steve!
The normally shy alpine creature the marmot is easy to see in the rocky pastures just below Spielboden - in fact they can be coaxed to eat from your hand if fortunate. These are my favourite alpine creatures they are so adorable.
There are several areas to explore in the ice pavillion - walk slowly at altitude here, the air is very thin. In one area there was an ice chapel and actual weddings can be arranged here - have to be a warm dress do though!
Just below the Alpin Metro revolving restaurant is the Allalin Ice Pavillon where you can experience the "Underworld" of the Fee Glacier. Its claim to fame is as the world's largest ice pavillon. It is reached via a 70 meter long entrance shaft and entrance fee is CHF 8 for adults and CHF 4 for children. Its not as good as the Jungfrau ice palace and I'm glad our entrance fee was included in our hiking pass. It has more info on the glacier world rather than ice-sculptures though I was fascinated with the ice-fleas!