we cruise under a heavy cloud deck
the melting ice creates several waterfalls
Glaciers Avenue
West of Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel cuts its way through the Cordillera Darwin, a mountainous region at the southern end of the Andes range that is part of the Alberto de Agostini National Park.
The mountains reach heights well over 2000 meters and are covered by a thick sheet of ice, a local remnant of the once massive Patagonian Ice Sheet.
 
Half a dozen glaciers descend down towards the clear waters of the Beagle Channel and for obvious reasons this section is called Glacier Avenue.
All glaciers have European country names, in honor of the brave explorers that mapped this region in the 19th century.
 
In  the evening of a cloudy day in February 2009, we sailed through Glaciers Avenue on our way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas.
Despite poor weather conditions and low light we did enjoy the sight of the Holanda, Italia, Francia, Allemania and Romanche glaciers.
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a last glimpse of Ushuaia before we head west into the Beagle Channel
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there are many dangerous outcrops in the channel, luckily this one has a light
an Albatross leads the way
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here comes our Chilean pilot to guide us safely through the channel
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the first glacier we pass is the Hollanda. Unfortunately the proglacial lake remains hidden behind the trees
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the Costa Victoria passes in front of the Francia Glacier
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the Francia Glacier terminates right in the channel
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the Via Australis approaches with the Francia Glacier as backdrop
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the Romanche Glacier sports a real waterfall
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the massive Alemanina Glacier transports a lot of rubble and rocks