Photo Favorite: View of the Southern Patagonia Glacial Field, Chile

By Mark Wiens 31 Comments


Southern Patagonia Ice Field
Glacier Grey, Patagonia, Chile

Location: Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Grey Glacier of the Southern Patagonian Ice field – this site blew my mind. Growing up in tropical Africa, this scene was something so foreign that I stood there, gasping for my next gasp of air while attempting to fathom what was before me.



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  • Nicolás

    2 years ago

    It’s a beautiful place, i made a motorhome trip through the Chilean Patagonia, and it was awesome!
    if you want to travel to Chile, i can recommend you to rent a camper or motorhome in AndesCampers, a very friendly company, and they have a lot of different routes in their website!

  • Alex Quinn

    6 years ago

    Great picture! Even though it is cold, Patagonia is amazing! My favorite part of Patagonia is having a chance to see the penguins! I think everyone should visit Patagonia at least once in their lifetime.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      It was cold, but it was an amazing place to visit Alex!

  • Jillian

    6 years ago

    Beautiful photo! How I wish the full circuit had been open when we were there!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      When I went, the full circuit wasn’t officially open, but we decided just to go for it. So it was so incredible because we were basically alone (apart from 1 or 2 others in a day) on the backside of the trail! Were you able to hike the W?

  • adventureswithben

    6 years ago

    Is it all hard as ice, or can you walk across it like soft snow?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      It’s all pretty hard as ice, but possibly you can take an ice trekking tour on it – I know at another glacier (Perito Moreno Glacier) in the area, they offer ice trekking.

  • Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    6 years ago

    That is pretty impressive and amazing! Great picture. Makes me want to get to Patagonia now.

  • jade

    6 years ago

    Wow- We have to make it to Chile- soon!

  • The Travel Chica

    6 years ago

    Gorgeous photo! I cannot wait to get there and see it for myself.

  • Renee

    6 years ago

    I can relate, Mark. There are some things that are so beautiful that words pale into absolute insignificance when trying to take in all of its glory. I think anyone looking at that picture can stand in your shoes and feel the exact euphoria that you experienced. Glorious.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Awesome Renee…fully right about everything. Sometimes the immediate glory is better left unspoken – just going crazy between the sights and your feelings.

  • Don

    6 years ago

    Great photo Mark. I’ve not yet been to Patagonia but hope to visit some day. It resembles Alaska.

  • Sophie

    6 years ago

    Patagonia sounds so fascinating, so remote… yet, your beautiful photo looks like Northern Norway and Svalbard. Makes sense, of course, that the Antarctic resembles the Arctic.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Cool, I’ve never been anywhere near the Arctic, but I’m sure it is equally as beautiful!

  • Jeremy Branham

    6 years ago

    Mark, that is an awesome photo! Incredibly beautiful shot of a glacier in Chile!

  • Christina

    6 years ago

    What a shot! How beautiful. And as you say, it takes your breath away. I’d love to visit Patagonia one day…

  • ayngelina

    6 years ago

    Looks beautiful, I am hoping to get there in the Fall.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Awesome Ayngelina, I think hiking in Torres Del Paine was one of my all-time most memorable places I’ve been. The natural beauty is unbelievable!

  • Christy @ Technosyncratic

    6 years ago

    Brrrrr!!!! I mean, beautiful. 🙂

  • Adam

    6 years ago

    NICE! What a beautiful picture. Where were you at when you took that picture? Did you hike the full circuit? We hiked the W and I do not remember seeing Glacier Grey from that perspective. Amazing shot. Very beautiful, and it has me wanting to return to TDP. What a gorgeous place!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Adam,
      Yes, I did the full circuit, the Q. I believe I took this shot just after crossing the mountain pass – from what I remember, I don’t think you cross this if you do the W. You and me both – would love to return to Torres Del Paine, maybe the most naturally beautiful place I’ve ever been!

  • Marina K. Villatoro

    6 years ago

    Chile is in our eyes as the next country to move to. And am loving how absolutely beautiful it is!

    I was there 10 years ago, but never made it south of Santiago, just north and up to Bolivia.

    There is so much to see.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Great Marina! The Southern Patagonia region is truly spectacular, but I’m sure the North is gorgeous as well! Hope you get to move to Chile soon.