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Ruta 21 km 75 Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate 9405 Argentina
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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 such as we offer at Helsingfors. 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 9 rooms with a private bathroom, decorated and designed with an exquisite taste, combining colors and textures that blend in with the environment.
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Free breakfast
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Ruta 21 km 75 Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate 9405 Argentina
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BP_TRAVELER_40 wrote a review Feb 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia8 contributions2 helpful votes
Pros: Tasty gourmet-level dinners. All meals were included with lunch typically being a sandwich and salad bar of sorts, so you could pack food for the hikes. We especially enjoyed the outdoor lamb feast and wine when we arrived. Marcella and Pastor were our guides on the hikes. They were upbeat and fun to be with. Gorgeous setting, away from the crowds of Calafate and Chalten. Well maintained, peaceful grounds. Nice hiking trails – Includes the blue lagoon hike which was so diverse in weather for one hike. Great views. Guided hikes included. You have the option to ride a horse for most of the Blue Lagoon hike; the last part is too steep for horses. Nicely sized somewhat basic room. Good water pressure. Glad we had a separate building (see cons below). Cons: This is probably not a con for most, but if you’re tired or not inclined to hike &/or ride a horse, there’s not that much else to do but hang out in the lodge or in your room or wander the pretty property which can be fine for a day or so. There's no spa for a massage or other upscale lodge features you might see back in the States. We enjoyed all the hikes we did. Cost – I realize that they have to bring in everything from Calafate and be self-sustaining in terms of electricity, etc. (and that can’t be cheap) but $450 per day per person seemed excessive even given that. Noise – There were some noisy guests hanging out in the main lobby area until 1 am on night. This didn’t impact us since were in a stand-alone building, but impacted guests I spoke to thought that one of the noisy folks was the owner of the Lodge. No alcohol included (except for welcome lunch when we arrived) – This is not a big deal, but 1-2 drinks included would not have been asking much for $450/night. Decent Malbec at grocery stores in Calafate was less than $4 a bottle, so a “free” glass would cost ~ $1 per pour and would have made it feel like a better value. The only beer they had was Heineken, so I took a pass on that. We saw local beer at other places in Patagonia. We had brought our own wine from Calafate and had them pour it for us which worked out well. They wanted to be paid only in US $. Pesos should have been happily accepted. If you drive to the Lodge yourself, it was at the end of a 70-ish km bumpy gravel road. It was a bit brain rattling to be on the road for so long. You can have a ride arranged which might be a good idea. Overall – Very nice place, but paying US $900 a night (per couple) was excessive in my opinion. Given that all meals and activities were included, and we paid in US currency, I think something like $500-600 per couple would have been more reasonable. I'm basing that on US expectations since we paid in US currency.
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FidalgoRob2014 wrote a review Mar 2022
Tacoma, Washington12 contributions
We stayed at Estancia Helsingfors in late February 2022. Our trip was deferred from early 2020 due to the pandemic border and facility closures. We are very, very happy to have finally done this trip. Helsingfors was one of the highlights of our trip to Patagonia. This is a peaceful and quiet place, in a beautiful setting on Lago Viedma. The view across the lake to Fitzroy is spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset. The hikes to Laguna Azul and west toward the head of the fjord are terrific. While we had some rain at the beginning of our stay (which is uncommon at this time of year) we were pretty lucky in that the normal windy conditions abated -- the lake was flat calm, with little icebergs from the Viedma glacier floating in front of us. The entire staff was gracious and accommodating. The food was superb -- I think Chef Nico would be welcomed at any restaurant in the Americas or Europe. Our room was well-appointed and very comfortable. Relaxing in front of the fireplace in the library with a nice glass of Malbec after our hikes was a great way to forget the craziness of the outside world. If you're looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the popular Patagonia hiking trails, you should really consider staying at Helfingfors for at least three or four nights. It was a great experience for us.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Scott94941 wrote a review Mar 2019
Mill Valley, California8 contributions10 helpful votes
I don't know how anyone could give this place less than a five star review. The setting is out of a fairy tail. The staff is amazing. The guides are very warm and knowledgeable. The food was truly amazing. I will cherish the time I spent at Helsingfors and hope that I someday have the opportunity to return.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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hyena531 wrote a review Dec 2018
Chicago26 contributions9 helpful votes
We were there in November, so it was very early in the season. It was such a wonderful and special experience to stay here. If you like being miles away from civilization and surrounded by absolutely stunning scenery, you will like Helsingfors. The rooms are comfortable and have a lot of space to store your belongings. The staff was phenomenal. Justina, one of the tour guides, has so much knowledge about the flora and fauna in the area and is so kind. All the staff were so friendly and we got to know each of them a bit during our afternoons when we would have coffee/tea/matte and some light snacks. The food was absolutely outstanding. There was not a meal we didn't enjoy. We felt it was a perfect combination of activity (hikes or horseback rides in the morning...but usually not starting until 10AM, so you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn), and relaxation (afternoons drinking coffee/tea and sitting by the fire). Yes, it is expensive, but we felt the experience was worth every penny. My only wish is they would include at least one glass of wine or drink of choice with dinner for what you're paying. Also, the lodge itself (not the rooms) is a bit chilly, at least in November. I was always wearing a fleece to meals and when sitting by the fire. My other wish is they would provide transport on more days, but I understand why they can't. Basically Pablo, the manager, is the one who picks up and drops off in Calafate. We would have stayed longer if the transport services were more frequent. Now that we've been on the road...I would say it is definitely doable on your own if you rent a 4x4 vehicle. I wouldn't try it with anything else. We just didn't know how bad the road would be, so we decided to use their service. I feel like we could have driven it on our own, but it probably would have taken us longer. Pablo knows the road well and knows exactly where the problem spots are. If you have the opportunity to visit Helsingfors, DO IT!
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Rosie M wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom28 contributions26 helpful votes
If you are thinking of booking Hosteria Helsingfors, DO IT!!!!!!!! We had THE most incredible stay here. It is expensive but considering how remote it is and that all food and excursions (and transfers if you arrive/ leave on the correct day)are included, actually very fair. It is in the most incredibly beautiful, remote surroundings. The hotel is warm and cozy. We arrived in the rain and spent a wonderful first afternoon sitting by the fire. Our next two days consisted of amazing walks led by Justina - a fabulous guide. The food was some of the best we had in Argentina and beds some of the most comfortable we have stayed in. We got engaged here and the staff opened a bottle of champagne in our honour - really unexpected and kind. We just wished we had stayed longer. I would definitely recommend arranging dates so you are picked up/ Dropped back on the days the hotel offer or that you hire a car. If you do, make sure it is 4wd as the roads are hairy!! Probably the best hotel we stayed at!!!
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Grahame E wrote a review Mar 2018
Sydney, Australia129 contributions101 helpful votes
Pablo and his team have some challenges but try hard to make the stay enjoyable . Milena, Deborah, Justina and our Gaucho Gonzalez ( speedy to his friends) provided a comfortable stay but unlike some of the other places we stayed in the area they just didn’t seem to be genuinely interested in us, except for Gonzalez. Food good with Chef Nicholas creating some lovely dishes , hike to Blue Lagoon is not be missed, horse riding fun with great horses. At end of the season and we felt things were being run down rather than reorder , I can understand that but just say so . BTW the Patagonian wind blew like anything at one stage blowing me nearly off my feet. Be prepared.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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AustinWhitewater wrote a review Feb 2018
Austin, Texas298 contributions289 helpful votes
My first visit here was at the end of 2015. Loved it then and this visit was even better. I was here this time for 2 nights just 2 weeks ago. Helsingfors is in a secluded location on the SW corner of Lago Viedma. Nothing else close by except a small Los Glaciares NP ranger station near the start of the Lago Azul trail. It is very peaceful here. The staff is great, the common areas are great, the sleeping rooms are great and the food it great. Can't recommend it enough. It is very peaceful here.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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BrainyDr Traveler wrote a review Jan 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana125 contributions71 helpful votes
This is an outstanding lodge. The friendly and personable staff are so helpful, knowledgeable, and caring. This place is rich in history and the blue lagoon walk is challenging and breathtaking!! I’d recommend this place anytime!!!
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alex J wrote a review Jan 2018
New York City, New York2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our first night at Helsingfors, they cooked a special asado of scrumptious lamb. We sat eating it in a gorgeous valley by the lake. There was even a rainbow! The next day, we rode horseback up to the Blue Lagoon, and had outstanding ravioli for dinner. What’s not to love here?
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CourtneyMD wrote a review Jan 2018
Auburn, Maine484 contributions300 helpful votes
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I stayed here for two nights as part of a Wilderness Travel group. The grounds, rooms, and common and dining areas all are charming. The first night we had a great lamb roast over an open fire with dining al fresco. The second night we had a lovely four course meal in the dining room, my only complaint would be the most costly wine list of our entire tour by far. Appetizers and pisco sours in front of the fireplace were especially memorable after a beautiful (but wet and chilly) hike to Laguna Azul. Staff are warm and professional and will do their best to help you feel at home. Internet was available, although slow (as might be expected given the location). I had room 5 which was darling, although somewhat small and without great privacy given the main window onto the front walkway from the bedroom. Due to the location (80 km down a gravel road), be sure to stay for at least two nights to make it worthwhile and to soak up the charm of the place.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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USD 710 - USD 788 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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helsingfors hosteria hotel los glaciares national park
LOCATION
ArgentinaPatagoniaProvince of Santa CruzEl Calafate
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Helsingfors Lodge
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Helsingfors Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Helsingfors Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Helsingfors Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Helsingfors Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Helsingfors Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Helsingfors Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.