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Several very different glaciers are the main focus of the All Glaciers Cruise. None of these glaciers is accessible by road , so if you want to see them, a cruise is the only way to go. It's a day not to be missed however.
Freezing cold, icy winds, scudding clouds in a bright blue sky and the extraordinary experience of sailing between icebergs, many of which tower over the boat (photo 1) as it sails up the Upsala Channel on Lago Argentina to to the face of the Upsala Glacier - 7km wide at this point and the longest glacier in South America (photo 2) - is unforgettable. The highest points of the face are 60 -80 metres high but the glacier's huge width and the distance kept between the cliffs and boat (the glacier's receding and huge sections of the face, which is floating, can fall in one great sheet) make it difficult to appreciate just how massive this glacier is.
The next stop, at Bahia Onelli, is the only landfall of the day. A 2-3 hour stop here, time for a walk through primeval forest takes you into a strange , damp world of lichen-covered trunks of ancient beech and trees (photo 3) before the path emerges at the Onelli Lagoon (photo 4) where four small glaciers - the Onelli, the Bolado, the Heim and the Agassiz - all reach the lake. The long stop allows time to stretch your legs, take in the scene and have lunch at some time along the way. There is a restaurant , or you can bring your own picnic.
Back on the boat, it's time to head up the Spegazzini Channel to the snout of the park's highest glacier - the towering Spegazzini (photo 5). Rising to 135 metres - three times the height of Perito Moreno - this monster dwarfs all the others. Only 1.6 km wide and 25km long, it is nowhere as big as the Upsala, but gazing up at its heights from the deck of the boat, you feel very small indeed! The Spegazzini is maintaining a stasis at present - neither advancing or retreating - and the face is actually increasing in height - an awesome sight.
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