Upsala Glacier Tours

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Upsala Glacier
South America’s largest glacier, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park near El Calafate, measures 35 miles (56 kilometers) long and 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide. Upsala Glacier is among seven glaciers feeding Lake Argentino, where boats dodge icebergs the size of small islands en route to the wall of ice.
 
The Basics
Upsala Glacier is only accessible by taking a boat trip on the milky blue waters of Lake Argentino. Most glacier cruises allow visitors firsthand views of both Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers, and countless icebergs. Those with more time to spare can see the glacier as part of a multi-day tour of Los Glaciares National Park (along with Huyliche Hill and Perito Moreno Glacier) or greater Patagonia.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Upsala Glacier is a must-see for adventure travelers and photographers.
  • Dress in layers: The wind blowing off the ice can be chilly, even during summer.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
 
How to Get There
Cruises to view Upsala Glacier depart from Puerto Bandera on Lake Argentino, 28 miles (45 kilometers) west of El Calafate. The easiest way to get there is by joining a guided day trip with round-trip transportation.
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit Los Glaciares National Park and the Upsala Glacier is between October and March, as many tourist facilities in the region are closed during the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
Los Glaciares National Park
As a national park that’s home to 47 glaciers, ice covers 40 percent of this UNESCO-listed site in southwestern Argentina. While Upsala is the largest, Perito Moreno is the most famous, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field feeds all the glaciers in the park, including Upsala and Perito Moreno.
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Upsala and Spegazzini Channel Navigation Tour from El Calafate

The best way to explore Patagonia's Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, home to 47 colossal glaciers, is indisputably by boat. This 8-hour catamaran cruise from El Calafate covers national park highlights including Lago Argentino, the Spegazzini Glacier, and the Upsala Glacier, the largest ice cap in South America. Stay warm and comfortable inside the heated ship, on which hot food and beverages are available at your own expense, and relish the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in El Calafate.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise

Sail amid the massive glaciers in El Calafate on this full-day sightseeing boat excursion. Cruise across Lago Argentino to view the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers up close. Enjoy lunch onboard while you appreciate the spectacular scenery, then snap photos from the deck of the boat. Learn about the natural history of the area from your guide and relax on the comfortable vessel. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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5-Day Trip in Ushuaia and Calafate

Set out on an action-packed adventure to the ‘end of the world’ on this 5-day tour from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Discover a land of gigantic glaciers, startling blue lakes and wild forests, as you explore the Los Glaciares National Park and the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on Lake Brazo Rico, a boat tour of the remote Beagle Channel and a ride on the ‘Train to the End of the World’. Accommodation, airport transfers and national park entrance fees are included.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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4-Day Tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Discover Ice Age history, modern Patagonian culture, and some of Argentina's most stunning scenery on a 3-night tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park. Ice trek across the ancient Perito Moreno glacier, sail past Upsala Glacier on the icy waters of Lake Argentino, and ride a 4x4 to a lookout above the city of El Calafate. You'll also have lunch and learn about the local wool industry at a traditional Patagonian 'estancia,' or ranch, on this immersive tour near the ends of the earth.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Spirit of the Glaciers - 1 Night program

Sail through the glacial waters of Patagonia on this overnight boat tour through the El Calafate region. Get an up-close look at a number of glaciers including Perito Moreno, Upsala, and Spegazzini and disembark the boat for a few short hikes. Enjoy a relaxing journey on Spirit of the Glaciers as well as gourmet cuisine during your tour.
  • Duration: 1 day 12 hours
  • Duration: 1 day 12 hours
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6-Day Glacier and Hiking Tour in Patagonia

Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on a 6-day adventure tour through El Calafate and Torres del Paine. Visit and hike on the Perito Moreno and Upsala Glaciers and see a number of native animals in their natural environment. Experience the rough beauty of the area with mountains, forests, lakes and the extensive glaciers while following your guide with all the necessary equipment provided.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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10-Day Wonders of Argentina Tour from Buenos Aires

Embark on an epic journey around Argentina’s most impressive natural wonders on this 10-day guided tour, including accommodation and airport transfers. Be seduced by the rich history and heritage of Buenos Aires; experience the mighty Iguazu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides; then soak up the scenery in wild Patagonia. Enjoy each destination to the full with activities like a tango dinner show, a hike to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a cruise around Lake Argentino or a day trip to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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4-Days Luxury Trip in El Calafate

Discover El Calafate and its astonishing surroundings by booking and exclusive and private deluxe package with us. Get to know the world of the glaciers from a privileged place, performing unique excursions. Take a hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier, on of the most spectacular and reachable wonder of Argentina. Then, go for a private cruise for a day to visit the National Park Los Glacieres, navigating through Lago Argentino in the search for the “Spirit of Glaciers”
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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16-Day Best of South America Tour: Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Rio de Janeiro

Experience the highlights of Argentina and Brazil during a 16-day tour of South America. With your informed, professional guide, visit Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Trek on Perito Moreno glacier in Tierra del Fuego and visit Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia. Get the inside scoop on the eclectic culture and history of each country from your engaging, friendy guide. Overnight accommodation, some meals and round-trip hotel or port transportation are included.
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Duration: 16 days
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16-Day South America Tour: Argentina, Uruguay, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro

Experience the highlights of Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina during a 16-day tour of South America. With your informed, professional guide, visit Buenos Aires and the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Trek on Perito Moreno glacier in Tierra del Fuego and cruise on the River Plata to UNESCO World Heritage city Colonia in Uruguay. Get the inside scoop on the eclectic culture and history of each country from your engaging, friendy guide. Overnight accommodation, some meals and round-trip hotel or port transportation are included. 
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Duration: 16 days
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Spirit of the Glaciers 3-Day Guided Cruise from El Calafate

The Spirit of the Glaciers is an multi-day expedition that explores nature in depth to unfold the true essence of this Patagonian region. Sailing on board the elegant and exclusive M/V Santa Cruz, specially designed for this journey, offers a perfect combination of high-end comfort and gourmet cuisine creating a truly memorable experience.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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