Rivers of Ice Express

The tour begins 47 km away from El Calafate, at Punta Bandera Port, where comfortable state-of-the-art boats are waiting to navigate the Argentino Lake. Next destination will be Upsala Glacier, one of the largest among the continental ices.

After crossing “Boca del Diablo”, the lake’s narrowest area, natural gateway to the Northern Canal, the route heads West. While the scenery turns into woods and huge high mountains with hanging glaciers, the boat finds itself surrounded by enormous icebergs, proof of Upsala Glacier’s regression process, until reaching the huge front.

Later on, the boat continues its route entering Spegazzini Canal, where the highest National Park’s protagonist stands proudly: its walls reach a height of 130mts and spread along 25km.

Finally, the Northern Canal leads to the port, where participants will disembark to return to El Calafate.

Depending on the weather conditions, the numerous Upsala Glacier’s icebergs can form an astonishing wide barrier of ice. This occasionally prevents the entry and approach to certain points in the itinerary that will be daily checked due to safety reasons.

High Season: Impair Days October to April ( Do not operate 25/12 & 01/1 )
Boarding Hours: 08: 30hs.
The boat sails at 09:00 p.m.
Return to Port: 14: 00hs.

Note: The frequencies could be modified.

5 Hours


The ship have a holding capacity of 200 to 300 passengers, and Captain’s Club cabins’ holding capacity varies from 16 to 30 according to ship model.

Meals are not included. It is suggested to bring a lunch box.

There are VIP cabins available, with a limited holding capacity (check the price).

CAPTAIN’S CLUB’s cabins are specially designed to experience the combination of comfort and the imposing landscapes that star the navigation.

The TAILOR MADE service guarantees that every single moment in the journey is enjoyed to the maximum extent; from the priority guest facility at boarding time and the preferential seats on-board, to the toast by the Captain.

FULL BOARD service is included during the whole navigation, with an OPEN BAR that includes coffee service (tea, coffee, infusions, hot chocolate and cappuccino), mineral water, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (red wine, white wine, beer, Fernet, whiskey and champagne).