Icy Blue Giants: Navigation among Patagonian Glaciers (in boat’s VIP section)

  • Navigating among the largest Patagonian Glaciers

We’ll embark on a discovery journey to admire the second largest glacier in South America: the Upsala Glacier, as well as other Patagonian ice giants that are only accessible by boat. The glaciers’ magnitude is imposing, and their color is remarkable too: raging from white to dark blue. We’ll get comfortable in our seats in the exclusive VIP cabin on the upper floor of our ship, where we’ll experience better panoramic views with superior comfort and service.

On our way to the Upsala Glacier, we’ll enjoy great photo opportunities while we see icebergs of incredible and diverse shapes and sizes. In 2009 huge portions of ice broke loose from the Upsala Glacier, creating “floating isles” with the length of up to a little less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)!

We’ll also see the Spegazzini Glacier, an exception (along with the Perito Moreno Glacier) to the general worldwide retreat of glaciers due to global warming. While the Upsala Glacier has experienced a significant retreat and thinning in the last 40 years, losing 21.6 square miles (56 square kilometers) of ice, the Spegazzini Glacier, in the same timespan, only lost 0.027 square miles (0.07 square kilometers) of ice. With its highest point standing at 442 feet (135 meters), the Spegazzini Glacier is also the tallest glacier in the Glaciers National Park.

Our tour begins in the morning with a transfer from your hotel and a 1 hour ride to Bandera Port. We’ll settle in to our VIP cabin and begin our navigation to the northern arm of Lake Argentino, where we’ll enjoy views of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the lake.

As we reach the Upsala Channel, we’ll start to see icebergs of different shapes and sizes, which will be the prelude to the first view of the magnificent Upsala Glacier. As we get closer, we’ll be able to appreciate the glacier’s immense magnitude and crystalline beauty.

We’ll then navigate to the Spegazzini Channel, where we’ll get a view of the Spegazzini Glacier (the tallest glacier in the Glaciers National Park), which will captivate us with its dramatic landscape of towering walls as well as the various shapes and colors of its icebergs. We’ll also get to see the Seco Glacier, which in English means “Dry Glacier”. You will notice the exposed rock and dense forests where ice once covered the land, as evidence of the Seco glacier’s retreat throughout the decades.

The tour ends with a navigation back to Puerto Bandera and a transfer back to the hotel, having learned and witnessed first-hand how mighty nature can be, and at the same time how susceptible it is to the world’s changing climate.

Important: When very large icebergs are present on the navigation route, for safety reasons the close-up access to the Upsala Glacier is not possible, so we will be able to enjoy a more distant but also nice view. The tour’s exact itinerary and duration may change subject to weather conditions.

Difficulty: none.

Duration: full day (the navigation lasts approximately 5 hours and you will have around 1 hour on each transfer to and from the port).

Guide: self-guided. English assistance on boat.

Vehicle: Group vehicle.

Includes: Entrance tickets to Glaciers National Park and tickets for seats in the VIP cabin. The VIP section is located above the standard section and has a privileged view, more ample and comfortable seats and exclusive assistance for VIP guests.
Its capacity is an average of 20 guests depending on the boat used (while the boat’s total capacity varies between 160 and 250 travelers depending on the boat used). The VIP service includes complimentary food service including breakfast, lunch and a snack bar. Beverages included: water, soft drinks, wine and beer.