Everyone has heard of the spectacular fjords of Norway and Alaska, but one place in the world where they are matched is the southern coast of Chile. There are massive fjords and one of the largest national parks in the world – Kawesqar National Park. The fjords of Patagonia are a unique experience far from civilization and one of the few places where you can see icebergs in South America.
New Zealand and Norway have some fantastic fjords worth visiting, but perhaps travelers will find Patagonia’s fjords even more spectacular. Alaska’s beautiful fjords are best explored by boat, with Juneau located at the center of the Alaskan Panhandle – go at the right time and you’ll see brown bears feeding on salmon as they swim up the rivers.
The Patagonian Fjords – One of the Last Great Wildernesses
Without a doubt, the Chilean fjords are among the greatest wonders of nature. The fjords of Chilean Patagonia lie between the latitudes of Cape Horn (55° S) and the Reloncavi estuary (42° S). They are located in the extreme south of the continent, not so far from the Antarctic Peninsula.
The fjords are also home to Kawesqar National Park, one of the largest in the world. The park is home to vast expanses of archipelagos made up of a mosaic of rainforests, glaciers, fjords, lakes, valleys, mountain ranges and a whole host of wildlife.
Some of the wildlife species found in the area include chilla, culpeo, puma, huemul, and gato montes. Offshore, the kelp forests of southern Chile are among the healthiest in the world – they are also home to shallow colonies of cold-water corals.
The Patagonian Fjords region of Chile is very remote and very difficult to access by land, so most visitors come by boat along the coast. It is possible to take an extended overland expedition to this wilderness or explore the fjords and coves by boat. Some tours begin in Argentina in the southern port city of Ushuaia.
Take a 14-day scenic expedition cruise through the fjords
One of the companies offering expeditions through the fjords is Albatross Expeditions. Hop aboard their new ship, the Ocean Victory, and explore these wildernesses. The Ocean Victory is a luxury expedition vessel with a capacity of nearly 190 passengers. It comes with outside cabins, many of which have balconies. Explore the picture-perfect fjords from Cape Horn to Torres del Paine and Valparaiso.
- Next departure date: March 27, 2023
- Duration: 14 days
- Land: Valparaiso
- Boat: ocean victory
- Price: $8,490
The expedition begins in Ushuaia in Argentina and then heads towards Chilean waters and Cape Horn. Along the way, passengers will see the southernmost promontory of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, “Glacier Alley”, the Beagle Channel, countless glaciers, and more.
One of the activities ashore is to take a coach trip to Torres del Paine. Other things people will see along the way include remote fishing villages, houses and alleys built on thousands of stilts, and one of the oldest towns in Chile.
The package includes a 14-day cruise with accommodation on the ship, all landings and zodiac excursions described in the itinerary, guided tours, full board on the ship (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks from the afternoon), etc.
18-Day Kayaking, Hiking and Skiing Adventure in the Fjords
For the more adventurous, one of the best ways to explore the Patagonian fjords is by hiking, kayaking and camping. Get up close to the fjords dotted with icebergs carved out of the many glaciers that flow into the sea. Explore the wilderness with whales and sea lions in the fjords, giant woodpeckers in the forests and condors circling overhead. above.
Ski Antarctica offers adventurous fjord expeditions with their yacht. With the yacht as their base, their expeditions focus on hiking, kayaking and even skiing.
- Duration: 18 days
- Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Skiing, Sailing
- Appointment: October 24 to November 10
Ski Antarctica offers 18-day expeditions to the fjords of Patagonia. During this time, you will be surrounded by mountains, glaciers, fjords, wildlife and icebergs.
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