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Ruta 21 km 75 Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate 9405 Argentina
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#17 of 113 Specialty lodging in El Calafate
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 parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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English, Spanish


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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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Trip type: Traveled with family
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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
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Rosie M wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom26 contributions25 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: Traveled as a couple
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Grahame E wrote a review Mar 2018
Sydney, Australia114 contributions90 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: Traveled with friends
3 Helpful votes
AustinWhitewater wrote a review Feb 2018
Austin, Texas298 contributions268 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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Trip type: Traveled with friends
US$680 - US$916 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Helsingfors
What are some of the property amenities at Helsingfors?
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?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Helsingfors?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Helsingfors have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Helsingfors offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Helsingfors?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Helsingfors have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.