The Upsala Glacier upstages even Perito Moreno in scale.

South America’s largest glacier, Upsala measures 50km long and 10km wide (31 miles long, 6 miles wide). It’s only from the water of Lake Argentino that you can really appreciate the glacier’s magnitude and crystalline beauty.

Forests surround the glacier and lake, and icebergs that have tumbled from the glacier’s peaks fill the water.

From the glacier, you can hike to the iceberg-dotted waters of Lago Onelli and take in vistas of blue-white ice floes, jagged mountains and pristine waterways stretching to the horizon.

Travel here by horseback, boat, hiking or 4WD, before taking the boat to the glacier’s towering walls fronting the lake.

Practical Info

The Upsala Glacier is on the northern edge of Lake Argentino, in Los Glaciers National Park.

Cruises to view Upsala Glacier depart from Puerto Bandera on Lake Argentino, 45km (28 miles) west of El Calafate.

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Upsala Kayak Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, null
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Upsala Kayak Tour from El Calafate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Get up close to Upsala Glacier on a kayak expedition in Los Glaciares National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunning natural beauty. ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $450.00
Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina, El Calafate, Kayaking & ... 
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Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

4 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $157.00
Gourmet Glaciers Experience Aboard the 'Leal Cruiser' from El Calafate, El Calafate, Day Trips
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Gourmet Glaciers Experience Aboard the 'Leal Cruiser' from El Calafate

Glaciers Gourmet Experience is a different sailing offer that allows guests to make the most of the wonderful places Southern Patagonia has to offer. Sailing ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $450.00
El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise, El Calafate, Lunch Cruises
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El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 195 Reviews

Get up close and personal with the largest glaciers in the El Calafate region on a full-day sightseeing cruise. Sail through Lake Argentino and admire the ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $251.00
Rios de Hielo Express Sailing, El Calafate, Day Cruises
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Rios de Hielo Express Sailing

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Rios de Hielo express is a navigation on Lake Argentino that allows tourists to visit other important glaciers inside Los Glaciares National Park. Visitors ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.00

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