Richard Harwood

Chile - 2001

Lago Grey

Ice bergs on Grey Lake

On the afternoon of November 20th I took the half-day hike to Lago Grey. This hike began at the Hosteria Lago Grey, took us on the beach, and out to a small peninsula along the southern shore of Lago Grey. At the northern end of Lago Grey is the Grey Glacier. This glacier is but a small extension of the much larger Southern Ice Field which covers a large portion of the southern Andes. The main feature of the lake is the abundance of ice bergs. Calving of the Grey Glacier produces the ice bergs. Northwesterly winds blow the ice bergs down the length of the lake until the ice bergs are grounded in the shallow water at the southern end. The ice in the lake ranged in size from large ice bergs to ice cube sized ice bergs. The spectacular blue color, typical of glacial ice, contrasted beautifully with the Cuernos del Paine in the background.