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The Estancia Helingsfors is a traditional and cosy home-from-home in the ruggedly spectacular Los Glaciares National Park of Patagonia.
All nine en suite bedrooms in the lodge are decorated with Patagonian fabrics and colours that reflect the natural landscape. Some benefit from whirlpool baths, some Scottish showers, but all are very comfortable.
Guests can relax in front of a roaring fire in the large communal lounge, before enjoying a gourmet dinner created by the house chef. Regional delicacies including local trout and Patagonian lamb come with vegetables from the kitchen garden, with a choice of vintage Argentinean wines from the cellar to wash it down with.
The main attraction, however, is the location; resting on the edge of Lake Viedma, the lodge commands panoramic views over the dramatic Patagonian landscape and the Andes, including Mount Fitz Roy. Exclusive tours can be arranged with an English-speaking guide to visit the incredible glaciers the area is renowned for at Blue Lagoon and Laguna del Morro. Trekking and horseback safaris, as well as boat trips on the larger lakes, offer guests to get up close to these glaciers and the natural landscape, spotting condors and guanacos along the way. Trout fishing is also a popular activity for guests.
Why we love it
This estancia was built by a Finnish explorer, Alfred Ranstrom, at the start of the 20th century and is named after his hometown, Helsinki.
Saskia, Original Traveller