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After Seno Pia, another major glacier is to be found near Caleta Olla, a good secure mooring bay on the northern coast of the Beagle.

Caleta Olla and Holanda

Many glaciers drain down from the Fuegan ice-cap and feed the Beagle. Not all have secure anchorages nearby.

Beagle glacier
Beagle glacier

Some mini-glaciers don’t quite make it to sealevel, sending waterfalls of meltwater cascading down the cliff-sides.

Beagle glacier
Beagle glacier

Caleta Olla is a small anchorage formed by the shaped moraine of some ancient glacier, now receded into the interior.

Caleta Olla
Caleta Olla

This bay is popular with the local fishermen, who stop in here.

Chilean fishing boat, Caleta Olla
Chilean fishing boat, Caleta Olla

Within range of a small boat trip and a short hike is the Holanda glacier.

Dinghy beached opposite Caleta Olla
Dinghy beached opposite Caleta Olla

Walking around the foreshore, the glacier makes its first appearance through the half-dead trees which populate the extensive marshlands and moraine in front of the ice.

Holanda glacier behind trees
Holanda glacier behind trees

The landscape is a fantastic variety which lends itself to exploration.

Holanda glacier valley from beach
Holanda glacier valley from beach

Climbing the adjacent hills, the glacier is slowly revealed.

Holanda glacier valley
Holanda glacier valley

Finally, the glacier and its lake is visible from high on the ridge. The lake drains by way of a small river to the sea.

Holanda glacier and lake
Holanda glacier and lake

Looking in the other direction, the Beagle makes its way to the west, disappearing into approaching rain. Caleta Olla is the squarish bay to the right.

Beagle Channel and Caleta Olla
Beagle Channel and Caleta Olla

Departing Caleta Olla, the Holanda glacier gives way to the typical terrain of the channels.

Holanda point
Holanda point

The scale provides some perspective to the Chilean Armada.

Beagle Channel
Armada boat in Beagle Channel

Bandera trees, or flag trees, reveal the predominant wind direction in this area. For us they point the way back to Puerto Williams.

Bandera trees
Bandera trees

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