The Southern Patagonian Ice Field (Spanish: Hielos Continentales or Campo de Hielo Sur), located at the Southern Patagonic Andes between Argentina and Chile, is the second largest contiguous extrapolar extent of ice (ice field) in the world.
The Southern Patagonian Ice Field extends for approximately 350 kilometres, and has an area of 16,800 km², of which roughly 14,000 km² fall within Chile and 2,500 km² within Argentina.
The ice mass feeds dozens of glaciers in the area, among which are the Upsala (902 km²), Viedma (978 km²) and Perito Moreno (258 km²) in the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, and the Pío XI Glacier or Bruggen Glacier (1,265 km², the largest in area and longest in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica), O'Higgins (820 km²), Grey (270 km²) and Tyndall (331 km²) in Chile. The glaciers going to the west flow into the fjords of the Patagonian channels of the Pacific Ocean; those going to the East flow into the Patagonian lakes Viedma and Argentino, and eventually, through the rivers de la Leona and Santa Cruz, to the Atlantic Ocean.
Most people visiting Los Glaciares National Park go to see Perito Moreno front side, some more adventurous go for trekking, but much less are so greedy that go to see Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers. The cruise to this distant part of the Lago Argentino is unforgettable experience. You pass between huge icebergs in different tones of blue, the weather changes constantly, so every minute you see something different.
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lousat (72855) 2011-02-16 9:16
Woow| What a pic Malgo!It seems to be in the "mkamionka" gallery.What a impressive light balance for the best result and what a spectacular place,i think that this trip is always in your hearth.Thanks for share,have a good evening,Luciano
willy (463) 2011-02-16 9:17
Beautiful shot... there are some many tones of blue in several layers. I never saw such landscape and i didn't know icebergs could be that blue. I hope once in my life I'll get a chance to see an iceberg. Thanks for sharing this!
vagabondtravels (6507) 2011-02-16 9:46
What a beautiful capture, I love the blues. Great comp and fantastic colors. Very sharp. A place I really want to visit. Well done.
dta (63524) 2011-02-16 10:14
Hello Malgorzata ,
The blue tonalities of the ice and of the water are stunning . The clouds in the Bg are very impressive .
A gorgeous view !
dkmurphys (47014) 2011-02-16 10:16
Well, that'a a country where I want to go. Absolutely incredible. Your capture is just amazing, pure nature. Well done, have a good night.
avene (12675) 2011-02-16 10:53
this place is very, very high on my "to go to" list, I am literally left breathless every time I see quality photos from there, and yours is one of them. love the different shades and tones of blue that dominate the scene, starting from the mostly white clouds and ending with the intense blue of the glacier. in ideal world you would have something in the frame to illustrate the scale, but I know very well that during travels you basically take what you get. still, great shot, and I'm green with envy that you have seen it with your own eyes :)
leo61 (0) 2011-02-16 10:56
HI Malgorzata !
Not the best exposure,but I like the light and the blue tones and the clouds here.I`ll be there in winter 2012/13.......
mesutilgim (80624) 2011-02-16 11:00
Hi dear Malgo,
Where haven't be you yet ???
Amazing capture og this great natural phaenomenon with
quite interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
holmertz (37739) 2011-02-16 11:15
I thought this name sounded strangely familiar, so I had to check it up on Wikipedia:
"The name comes from the old spelling with one p of Uppsala University, which sponsored the first glaciological studies in the area." Uppsala as you may know is situated a short distance north of Stockholm.
Apart from that little detour this is a marvellous sight with fantastic varieties of blue/green and some impressive clouds as well.
JFS (32459) 2011-02-16 11:17
Breathless shot. The big iceberg has an incredible light and color. TFS!
SWEETFREEDOM (21768) 2011-02-16 11:24
a beautiful place caught with an amazing light.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-02-16 11:48
Wow! Ciao Malgo!
what a beautiful place,,, it's a rapsody in blue! a difficolt light very well managed, my compliments!
have a nice evening, ciao
siudzi (32665) 2011-02-16 13:13
Wow!!! Swietna praca! Jestem zachwycona tym widokiem i roznorodnoscia niebieskich odcieni. Piekne.
Fis2 (82448) 2011-02-16 14:14
Te kolorowe lody juz widzialem ;)
Bardzo ciekawe miejsce.
Dobry kadr i znakomita kolorystyka.
Robi wrazenie to zdjecie.
Sonata11 (33179) 2011-02-16 16:59
bardzo ladny kadr. Super uchwycony blekitny kolor lodowca. Bardzo ciekawa fotka. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
s_lush (16134) 2011-02-16 20:59
This blue ice looks great in your picture taken with such an interesting and beautiful composition, wonderful light, unusual but natural colors, marvelously clouded sky and very high photographic qualities. Excellent presentation of this remote and astonishing area!
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-17 0:43
a beautiful picture of the wonder iceberg from glacier,
its angled shape and unusual blue color are amazing,
the figure of ice is well contrasted with the white cloud in the sky,
and three different blue colors are well layered in this view,
thank you for your excellent shot,
jjcordier (73764) 2011-02-17 1:05
Ce glacier est une merveille de la nature et tu en as réalisé une très belle photo.
raszid62 (18583) 2011-02-17 3:46
wspania³y czysty ciemny b³êkit lodowca na morzu pod¶wietlonym sloñcem, jego wody o niesamowitym kolorze. Cudowne chmury na niebie. Kolosalna jako¶æ.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-02-17 5:22
Ola Malgorzata ,
Incrível a cor do glaciar tem um belo tom de azul , contrasta com as nuvens negras de fundo , bonitos reflexos de luz em primeiro plano , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sergiom (55401) 2011-02-17 6:11
Très chanceuse de rencontrer ce magnifique glacier. Le bleu du ciel se reflète magnifiquement sur le blanc de la glace et lui donne des couleurs surprenantes et très belles.
serp2000 (38355) 2011-02-17 6:42
The Argentina's glacier with any swedish name.)))
Fine monochrome photo, nice soft colours well seen.
Good note too.
mkamionka (29465) 2011-02-17 6:49
niestety nie udalo mi sie tam dotrzec. Poniewaz lot byl opozniony i biura wycieczkowe zamkniete kiedy dotarlem do El Calafate -musialem wybierac pomiedzy trekkingiem i ita wycieczka pomiedzy innymi lodowcami. Nie zaluje ze wybralem trekking, ale zaluje ze nie udalo mi sie zalapac na te wycieczke statkiem. Co prawda na lodowce mialem okazje sie napatrzec tak czy inaczej ale jednak fajnie wykorzystac wszystkie opcje bedac w takim miejscu.
Bardzo atmosferyczne zdjecie. Ciekawe jak rozne odcienie niebieskiego koloru maja woda niebo i lod.
Chmury ulozyly sie bardzo efektownie.
Foto robi wrazenie,
ikeharel (53101) 2011-02-17 8:40
Ice-blue glacier, as a result of photosyntethis of sun-rays, Malgo. It is the real color of it.
You had documented a magnificent nature's phenomena here.
a most impressive shot,
ade71 (2228) 2011-02-17 9:16
Ciao Malgorzata, questa tua foto è davvero spettacolare. La natura è davvero meravigliosa.... ;) Bravissima!
jaywalker (16095) 2011-02-17 10:20
Hi Malgorzata, This photo shows the beauty of nature, there is a lovely blue tone to the shot & a gorgeous fresh feel, excellent light & overall a super picture, kind regards Wilson.
Silvio1953 (116981) 2011-02-17 12:27
Ciao Malgorzata, fantastic light on wonderful glacier, superb sky, splendid composition, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (52737) 2011-02-17 13:56
Ciao cara Malgo
Wow, what a shot and what a place. The blue tones in combination with the beautiful light on the sea are so striking. The map of where you have travelled is truly impressive - to many place I will never see for myself - so I am grateful that you are showing me. Congratulations on a beautiful photo.
bukitgolfb301 (34612) 2011-02-17 14:15
Hi my dear world traveler Malgo
Wao-- this time from Argentina! You are a great lady!
This is a strong impressive nature image shot indeed, I am sure. Mravelous white and blue color world you present. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Rainy Tokyo
paololg (31448) 2011-02-17 15:45
Wow!!! Today you have done me a pleasant gift, because the blue is the my preferred color, and these tonalities are a true pleasure to admire. Excellent management of the light, not easy under these conditions. BRAVISSIMA!
Ciao, buon venerdì!
Urs (14082) 2011-02-17 20:41
Glaciers, I would love to see but here in South East Asia, there are no snow nor glaciers. Very impressive POV. There is only one thing, which looks a bit strange to me, the blueish tint of the ice. Was that really blueish??? Otherwise good photo job.
abmdsudi (40258) 2011-02-18 2:08
What so impressive are the rich colors of the glacier and the contrast to the sky area with beautiful clouds. Creative pov, with enough details and textures. The sun glow in the foreground draw out a good effect for the whole as well. Excellent clarity and sharpness, and above all I love shades and shadows. I wonder why the color of glacier is bleu instead of white? Great photo work, congrats
saxo042 (36918) 2011-02-18 9:53
A beautiful view, so far away that I doubt that I will ever see this "in real". But I enjoy your capture here with the interesting note. But why "Upsala"? Has it something to do with the ancient capital of Sweden?
macjake (52982) 2011-02-18 10:48
have you noticed how the cloud formation is almost exactly like the formation of the ice berg? very interesting!
beautiful blues and whites, love how there is a hint of white on the berg and there is blue above the white clouds...layers of colors.
great lighting too.
ciakgiak (30407) 2011-02-18 14:41
paesaggio estremo di grandissima bellezza e forza grafica.
La composizione assume toni quasi drammatici per la presenza di un cielo splendidamente minaccioso. Grande immagine.
Un caro abbraccio
COSTANTINO (51974) 2011-02-18 23:56
Ciao Malgorzata ,
Bella scena da un bel posto da visitare,
ottimi colori e molto interesante nota,
cari saluti, e buon weekend,
vasilpro (40861) 2011-02-19 0:56
Wonderful composition with superb light management, lovely color tones, beautiful frozen atmosphere, excellent POV.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
CLODO (29342) 2011-02-19 4:32
this blue iceberg, in the opale sea and under a cloudy sky, what a stunning vision!
have a nice WE
jafadabret (56501) 2011-02-19 7:26
Les couleurs de la mer et de la glace sont sublimes. J'aime la lumière et le ciel. Une très belle prise !
Angshu (54921) 2011-02-20 20:18
I see that you went to South America as well! This glacier in the fine blue tone (saw in one of the late posts of Mariusz about the reason for this blue colour & his discussions with you), illuminated by the sun at the top makes very interesting viewing!
Longroute (19392) 2011-02-21 8:51
Nature always come first for me and pleases me more than architecture... this is a gorgeous natural environment which we cannot see every day... Very fine. A spectacle one is never tired to look at!
Waylim (25162) 2011-02-21 23:35
I see you are going back to some of the older image from Patagonia. This is fantastic as I remember it on my own trip. Strong light, but you manage well, rich blue and the clouds so drammatic in Patagonia. I can sit there and watch the clouds change shapes.
Beautiful shot and nice detials. Thanks.
danyy (0) 2011-02-22 0:09
une photo difficile tant les lumières sont fortes, notamment aussi la position du soleil qui ne rend pas les choses faciles.
Un paysage de rêve, ces terres pourtant hostiles.
My best regards.
InasiaJones (31442) 2011-02-24 19:31
LOL!!! I remember a certain rude and ignorant member on this website that was arguing that ice can't be blue on glacier.... I guess he would choke on his words seeing your photo...
This image of yours makes me want to go there so much and I can only imagine what an impression it must be, seeing a natural wonder that close. I like the way the clouds seem to mimic the shape of the glacier.
Have a nice weekend.