April 25 2017

Northern Ice Fields


The Northern Patagonian Ice Field has a surface area of approximately 4,200 km², and is entirely inside Chile’s Aysén Region.

It is about 120 km long from north to south and varies from 50 to 70 km in width from east to west.

Activities at Northern Ice Field

Visit Laguna San Rafael at the northern end of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, at the foot of the ventisquero San Rafael, the Ice Field’s biggest glacier.

Activities at Northern Ice Field


How to get to the Northern Ice Field

Northern Ice Fields

Located within Aysén Region, the Northern Ice Field has an approximate surface area of 4,200 km². The San Rafael Glacier is part of this ice field, and flows down into Laguna San Rafael.

Navimag Ferries sails from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco where you can continue on to the Northern Ice Field.

Departures from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco are on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year.

(Navimag only provides transport on the aforementioned routes and does not provide a transport service between the Puerto Chacabuco and the Northern Ice Field)

Climate in Northern Ice Field

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

Climate in Northern Ice Field

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