Estancia Helsingfors

A Unique Destination in Patagonia with Impressive Nature,  Exclusive Service and Sophisticated regional cuisine

During the early 20th century, a Finnish adventurer, Alfred Ranström, settled at the foot of the Andes Mountains, on the SW shores of Lago Viedma. As a memory of his fatherland, he named his estancia after his country's capital city: Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish). Here he lived with his wife, Marie Lisau and their children, lightening up this wonderful spot, never imagining that they would be the main characters in one of Patagonia's most touching stories. During the 60's, a traditional family from the province of Santa Cruz bought this beautiful land, and since 1995 they have been receiving visitors from all over the world who wish to discover Patagonia through a unique and exclusive experience.

The lodge is surrounded by a majestic natural landscape, protected by lush woods which give way to a panoramic view of the lake, Mount Fitz Roy and the Andes Mountains. It has 8 rooms with a private bathroom, decorated and designed in a rustic style, combining colors and textures that blend in with the environment. Guests share their experiences around a large fireplace in the living area or enjoying a drink at the bar. A refined cellar with Argentine and Chilean wines accompanies the delights of sophisticated regional cuisine in the attractive restaurant, complete with views over the surrounding area.

Whilst staying at Estancia Helsingfors guests can enjoy trekking or horseback riding in the mountains, valleys and rivers of the surrounding area. There is also trout fishing in nearby rivers as well as excursions by boat offered by the Estancia to view some of the areas less famous glaciers. Horseback riding through endless beaches on the shores of Lago Viedma overlooked by Mount Fitz Roy is one of the best activites to experience whilst on holiday in Argentina.This unique place is miles and miles from the nearest civilisation and provides a unique wilderness experience that has guests returning time after time. Fabulous location for Argentina holidays.

After arriving to the Hostería, the guide will organise activities during your stay dependent on your interests and how much you want to do at Helsingfors. Helsingfors is ideal for outdoor lovers and some of the activities that are offered are as follows;

  • Horse ride / Walk along the beach with a view on the Fitz Roy
  • Walk to the Peninsula del Viento
  • Trekking or Horseback Riding to Blue Lagoon
  • Horseback riding and trekking to Estancia Los Hermanos
  • Horseback riding and trekking to Estancia Los Hermanos
  • Boat ride on the Brazo Moyano
  • Horse ride to the Mirador del Cóndor
  • Trekking to Laguna del Morro

Helsingfors is comfortable but services are limited- The ethos is focused around the activities and the surroundings. However it does offer guests the following;

  • Restaurant with three-course fixed meals. Non alcoholic beverages included during meals.
  • Laundry(*)
  • Cots
  • Credit cards accepted at the lodge: Visa, American Express and MasterCard.
  • Electricity 220 volts 24 hours.
  • Internet connection (Wi-Fi), bringing your own laptop*
  • Mobile phones have no signal
  • We do not have television.

Helsingfors is located on the South western margin of Lake Viedma, in the Glaciers National Park- Santa Cruz Province. It is off the beaten track and to access Helsingfors, it is a bumpy ride down a dirt track for over an hour.

  • Distance from El Calafate: 180km Approx. journey duration: 3hrs
  • Distance from El Chalten: 180km Approx. journey duration: 3hrs
  • Distance from Río Gallegos: 450km Approx. journey duration: 6.30hrs
  • Distance to nearest shop/petrol station: 80km Approx 90mins-120mins

Estancia Helsingfors is only open between October and April

The Estancia operates scheduled transfers from El Calafate that are included in the rates, but only on set days of the week.

Currently scheduled transfers to and from Helsingfors are provided on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays throughout the season.

Transfer in: Transfers will depart from El Calafate and pick ups are made from the hotels in Calafate Town, afterwards a stop is made to pick up guests arriving on the first flight into El Calafate. This flight has to land before 10:00 AM. Please check with you Latin Routes Travel Specialist for current flight schedules. 

Transfer out: Transfer will depart the Estancia in the afternoon and will go directly to El Calafate Town and drop offs will be made to hotels. If guests need to go to the airport, transportation from El Calafate / Airport must be arranged as the Estancia does not provide an onward transfer to the airport. However it is highly recommend not to take an outbound flights on the same day.

Your Latin Routes Travel Specialist will be able to tie all of your arrangements into the above arrangements. Private transfers to the Estancia are also available on all days of the week, please enquire for details.

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