3rd March: Patagonia (Lago Viedma)

Clouds over the Andes from the far end of Lago Viedma


Today we got up at 4.30AM for a flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, in southern Patagonia in Argentina. We picked up a rental car at the airport and headed off towards Estancia Helsingfors, at the far end of Lago Viedma, on the south side.

Lago Viedma is a huge glacial lake and the route we were taking is a side road with few people around.

It was a day for varied and dramatic cloud formations and we were slowly driving closer to the Andes, at the far end of the lake. This is what you can see in the image at the right, clouds over the Andes past the far end of Lago Viedma.

More images across the lake follow….

Looking across Lago Viedma towards Mt Fitroy


Lago Viedma panorama


Looking along the lake shore, towards the west


Clouds over Lago Viedma


Helsingfors and the end of the lake

Above is a view of Helsingfors as we were coming in. The building you can see is the only surviving one from the original estancia and the current estancia is out of sight behind the trees at the left.

Google Map reference.

14 comments on “3rd March: Patagonia (Lago Viedma)

  1. derek lark says:

    wow, love the countryside, amazing mountains and those clouds. Keep up the great postings.


  2. leo loomans says:

    will watch this unfolding gallery with real interest.
    The predominance of cloud clearly reveala the tumult of weather and, the colours, say in Helsingfors pic with the old ranch, are unexpected and stunning.


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  6. Lois says:

    What amazing photos of an amazing place… wonderful!


  7. Lois says:

    Silly me… I meant Helsingfors sounded Icelandic!


    • Murray Foote says:

      Ah, OK. Swedish, I think. It was originally an estancia until it became part of the national park and then effectively a hotel. It was founded by Alfred Ranstrom, who was a Finn and Helsingfors is apparently the original old Norse name for Helsinki.


  8. Pavlos Zikos says:

    i’m jealous!!!what a trip!!!the landscape must be really breathtaking….


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