Southern Patagonia Icefield

Oct 15, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


Patagonia is usually considered one of the windiest and wettest regions on Earth, but that was not the case today. Thanks to the high-pressure system working as a barrier out in the Pacific Ocean, we’ve been able to enjoy a lovely, unusually sunny and warm day as we sailed around the perimeter of the Southern Patagonia Icefield. This enormous icefield, spanning about 12,500 square kilometers and spreading across the border between Chile and Argentina, hosts a spectacular array of outlet glaciers and associated glacial landforms in an intricate network of fjords and channels.

One of the highlights of the day was an amazing barbecue lunch on the back deck. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a nice and calm navigation on board National Geographic Explorer through the English Narrows, witnessing an astonishing sunset as we sailed south towards Puerto Natales.

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About the Author

Eñaut Izagirre

Naturalist

Originally from Elgoibar near the Basque Coast, Eñaut grew up on the rocky mountains of the Basque Country and the Pyrenees, where his fascination to the landscape and gorgeous mountains led him to study Geography at the University of the Basque Country.  Then, he continued his studies in Punta Arenas, Chilean Patagonia, where he lived from 2013 to 2016 studying a M.S. in Glaciology and working as a researcher at the Universidad de Magallanes. He completed his M.S. thesis on the neoglacial advances of the Marinelli glacier in the Cordillera Darwin and he participated in numerous sailing, kayaking and climbing expeditions into this remote mountain range and the Patagonian channels and fjords.

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