Upsala Glacier

About the Glacier

  • Named after Uppsala University (spelt at the time with only one 'p'), in Sweden - the University sponsored some of the first glaciological exploration of the region
  • Upsala is well known for its rapid retreat over recent decades and is commonly used as evidence of global warming
  • Is even bigger than the more famous and accesible Perito Moreno

Where is it?

  • Upsala is a large valley glacier found in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park ("The Glaciers" National Park)
  • It flows from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which also feeds the famous Perito Moreno glacier
  • The glacier's terminus is at the shore of Lago Argentino

How to see it:

  • Great for day visits, it can be combined with a tour of a nearby Patagonian estancia from which you can go for a guided hike or 4x4 adventure into the mountains to panoramic viewpoints.
  • A popular destination for travellers, it is served by the hotels of El Chalten and the airport in El Calafate
  • Incorporate it into a broader exploration of Los Glaciares and Patagonia

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    Map of Upsala Glacier

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