Garibaldi Fjord

Mar 11, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

Today we visited the beautiful Garibaldi Fjord which is a part of the Alberto de Agostini National Park in Chile, southwest of Tierra del Fuego. The area is marked as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, due to its distinct vegetation and landscape features. The Garibaldi fjord is named after a Silesian priest, who travelled through these lands in the 1920s. The glacier in the end of this long, narrow fjord, which once used to fill the entire valley, has also been named after Garibaldi.

A cruise by Zodiac through sweeps of calved brash ice, views of the sapphire-blue of the glacier’s front with ribbons of waterfalls teeming downward: These sights make the Patagonia experience.

After lunch the guests enjoy a pair of presentations on Patagonian wildlife and ecology. In the first presentation, we heard the World Conservation Society (WCS) specialist Melissa Carmody explaining the challenges the conservation meets in this region. During the afternoon we heard Geologist Andreas Madsen’s presentation about glaciers, and after that, Stephen Álvarez shared insights on life and a career as a professional photographer under National Geographic.

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Andreas Madsen


Andreas was born in the village of Ebeltoft on the central east coast of Denmark and has spent his childhood years with the sea and open fields as neighbours. For a child of the North, fishing, bicycling, skiing, and hiking come along with your first steps and nature has always had a self-explanatory role in Andreas’ life. Between studies he left Denmark to travel and it was during his months in South America he discovered his curiosity and interest for geology. 

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