Also known as the Skua Glacier, Chile’s Amalia Glacier is located at the edge of the Sarmiento Channel. This natural wonder is a tidewater glacier situated in the massive Bernardo O’ Higgins National Park, one of Chile’s most impressive attractions. The glacier originates from in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which experienced a dramatic loss of ice between the years of 1945 and 1996. Today, a four-mile retreat remains as an area where the glacier once stood and serves as a peaceful resort with spectacular sights of unspoiled landscapes.
If scenic cruising is what you’re looking for, the Amalia Glacier has it all. Many small to mid-sized cruise ships pass through the sparkling waters and snowcapped peaks in this region, where passengers can gaze at the breathtaking scenery. Dramatic rock formations and wildlife including sea lions, dolphins and a variety of sea birds can be found amongst the Patagonian waters. The mammoth glacier is something to behold with jagged features and blue-to-white icescapes that go on for miles. The immense weight of the glacier causes the oxygen to be pressed out of the ice and leaves a crystalline appearance in the ice sheets, giving the ice its icy-blue tinge.
The Amalia Glacier is a regular port of call for cruises in South America, particularly for cruises departing from Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, and Valparaíso. Most cruise lines sail to region in the early months from January to March. The Crown Princess and the Star Princess do 14-night cruises in South America, while Holland America Line’s Zaandam sets sail in late January for a 23-night voyage. P&O International’s Arcadia also does regular trips, lasting from 20-40-nights from Chile to Argentina, including port calls to Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands.
Amalia Glacier Cruises
Amalia Glacier is a tidewater glacier located in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.