April 25 2017

Activities at Southern Ice Field


Visiting the Pío XI Glaciar, the largest in South America, with a surface area of 1,265 km². Unlike the rest of the glaciers in the Southern Ice Field, the Pio XI glacier has advanced a significant distance in recent decades.  

· It is also possible to visit the Amalia Glacier, in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, home to penguins and a variety of sea birds. The glacier is 21 km long and has a surface area of 158 km2.


How to get to the Southern Ice Fields

The Ice Field is located in the Patagonian Andes, on the border between Argentina and Chile.  It is 350 km in length from north to south and has a surface area of 16,800 km². The Pío XI and Amalia Glaciers are in this Ice Field.

Southern Ice Fields

Navimag Patagonia ferry itineraries visit the Pio XI or Amalia Glaciers on their trip from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales and Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt.

Departures from Puerto Montt are on Fridays and from Puerto Natales on Tuesdays all year round.  

(Southern Ice Field visits are only possible in high season, from October to March).


Climate in Southern Ice Field

The climate is icy due to Ice field’s elevation. It is cold and humid, with plenty of rain and strong winds.

Southern Ice Field

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