Sailing Expeditions

Antarctica

Overview

Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego - Antarctica

Discover Antarctica with the Bark Europa


22-, 39- and 52-day Sailing Expedition (EX2-552):
Ushuaia/ Argentina – Beagle Channel – Drake Passage – South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula – Antarctica – Drake Passage – Ushuaia/ Argentina


Antarctica
Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on Earth and the last big wilderness on our planet. The fascinating beauty and its biodiversity will leave an indelible impression and lasting memories of an experience few can claim. The ship sails a route set forth by intrepid explorers over the last centuries.

Your first impression of Antarctica will live firmly with you, no matter what the weather or time of day, as the landscape remains ethereal and light - even as the sun dips below the horizon.

Depending on conditions, we will begin by exploring the northern areas of the Antarctic Peninsula, then journey to select locations where you can best experience the vast grandeur and incredible wildlife of the region; including whales, penguins, birds and seals.

Then we head further south (continuing as long as ice conditions allow) into areas rarely visited by man.

Your antartic expedition is accompanied by a tour guide who knows everything about this surreal world. He/she will give lectures about the fauna and flora and guides the passengers on their excursions.

On Bark Europa we know from years of experience that three weeks is the minimum amount of time for your Antarctic adventure, in order for you to visit and enjoy those quiet and untouched places accessible only to vessels like Bark Europa, and to become truly immersed in this rare and marvellous place.


Wild life
The wild life that is normally experienced starts from your arrival here in Tierra Del Fuego.

Through the Beagle Channel, the Drakes Passage and Antarctica there is an amazing amount of unique wild life that you will see.

Birds: Those of the South American continent, sea birds of the Drake and those special ones of Antarctica.

Penguines: Live in the waters of Tierra del Fuego, Magellenic, but the really large colonies are when we are in Antarctica itself, Gentoos, Chin strap and Adelie.

Seals: There are 2 types of seals which you will experience, those of the “Eared” species, which are sea lions and fur seals, and those of the true seal family which are the Weddle seals, Crab eaters and the infamous Leopard seal.

Whales: These can even be seen at times during summer in the Beagle Channel and around the Cape Horn area, however the larger number of whales are far more often seen when we are there in Antarctic waters, either on the edge of the peninsular or within the straights and bays around the Antarctic continent. Types: Humpbacks, Sei, Fin, Killer whales and very rare the Blue whales. When whales are either curious or feeding we can spend hours following and watching their behaviour.

Itinerary

Ushuaia - Feuerland - Antarktis

Die Daten für die Saison 2018/19 sind da: mit der Bark Europa die Antarktis erkunden


Antarctic Expedition - Itinerary
1st day: Ushuaia
Landing in Ushuaia you will see the fascinating beauty of the region with its many glaciers. It is highly recommended to arrive in Ushuaia a day before the embarkation. The crew welcomes you on the Bark Europa at five p.m. You find the ship at the pier "Puerto Comercial". After moving into your cabin, you and the other passengers will enjoy your first meal on board. Then the captain will inform you about the sailing plan.

2nd day: Beagle Channel - Bahia Nassau - Drake Passage
After a calm night in the harbour the ship heads on in the Beagle Channel. On board the passengers get their first safety instructions. In the evening you can marvel at the impressive landscape of Tierra del Fuego.

3rd - 5th day: Drake Passage
Today you sail through the Drake Passage, passing Bahia Nassau and the famous Cape Horn. While sailing through the Drake Passage your participation is assumed. At the stormy Cape you will be accompanied by Cape petrels, White-chinned petrels and Albatrosses.After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone the water temperatur falls from 5° to 1° Celsius. The water becomes green and species-rich.

6. day: Barrientos Island
Today starts your first excursion. The Bark Europa anchors at the Barrientos Island, an Island of the Aitcho Archipelago. The ship is surrounded by penguins and at the beach you can observe gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Further more you can spot elephant seals and giant petrels.

7th day: Yankee Harbour oder Hannah Point
With a little bit of luck you will be able to spot a humpback whale today. If there is enough time, the bark Europa will be sailing to the famous Edinburgh Hill. This basalt rock was created by a volcanic eruption and sticks out in the middle of the sea. Depending on the weather and the surrounding conditions you visit either Yankee Harbour or Hannah Point. Yankee Harbour is a safe harbor on Greenwich Island. In the past, it was a very popular spot for seal hunters who made it a basecamp during their hunting parties. In addition, the area is well known for its colony of Gentoo penguins consisting of approximately 4.000 breeding pairs. Hannah Point is located on the southern shore of Livingston Island. Its gravel beaches and sandy slopes are the habitat for a lot of different plants and wildlife that can be observed, for example elephant seals, nesting penguins, king cormorants, giant petrels and whales.

8th day: Pendulum Cove/ Deception Island
Further to the south there is ring the ring-shaped Deception Island. Your ship sails through the narrow passage by the name “Neptune’s Bellows” right into the island’s impressive crater. At Pendulum Cave, a former bay used by whalers, you can experience the unique features of the island during an excursion or, in case of good weather, have a bath in one of the warm springs at the beach. In former times, there was a whaling station on the island. Later this protected bay made a base camp for explorers, but was destroyed by volcanic activities in 1970. Furthermore it is possible to visit the biggest colony of chinstrap penguins of the antarctic peninsula at Bailey’s Head.

9th day:Trinity Island
Today you will cast the anchor between Spert Island and Trinity Island. By dinghy you explore the impressive and amazing icescape and enjoy the play of colours and the turquoise water that make the world seem somehow surreal.

10th  day: Enterprise oder Cuverville Island
At Enterprise Island you might be lucky to spot some whales or you can visit Governoren Harbour. This town was named after the whaler who went by the same name and who was shipwrecked here. Today the wreck of his ship serves as a nesting site for seabirds. Alternatively you sail on up to Cuverville Island, which is characterized by its glaciers and steep cliffs. It is populated by a variety of seafowl. The island as well gives a splendid view on the Errera Channel and the Gerlache Strait.

11th day: Paradise Harbour oder Neko Harbour
On the 11th day of your trip you experience the impressing force of the ice. You will be surrounded by glaciers and ice walls towering out of the water. You will hear the crackling and tearing of the ice and see icy rocks collapsing into the water.

12th / 13th day: Argentine Islands
Today you will pass the Lemaire Channel, also called the Kodak Gap, where you will be surrounded by cliffs up to 1.000m high. The ship will be sailing through the narrow Penola Strait and, depending on the condition of the ice, come to pass Penola to reach the Archipelago in the early evening. Your captain will navigate the vessel through a maze made of ice and islands to a fitting anchorage. In the afternoon you will visit the Ukrainian research station Wernadsky, which is populated by 10-15 people and receives supplies only twice a year. A research assistant will guide the passengers through the station, that is provided with an own pub and a sauna, and will report of the scientific work and everyday life at this station.

13th day: Petermann Island
Some hours after leaving the Argentine Islands you will reach Petermann Island, where you will be able to observe breeding Adélie penguins for the first time.

14th. day: Port Lockroy
You will cast the anchor at one of the most beautiful spots of Antarctica with an awesome view on the Fife mountain chain. There you will visit Port Lockroy, a natural port of the British Antarctic Territory, where you find both a museum and the only Antarctic post office. The island serves as a nesting site for Gentoo penguins, who often build their nests right on the walkways or on the door mat of the post office. At Jougla Point you are able to visit a completely reproduced skeleton of a whale.

15th day: Dorian Bay
Near Port Lockroy lies Dorian Bay. The plateau glacier in between those paces was used as an airfield for small planes in the past. In Dorian Bay a walk makes you experience the unique view, in addition you can find both gentoo penguins and Weddell seals. In the afternoon the bark will set sails through the Schollaert Channel to reach the Melchior Islands. You may be lucky to see Orcas with their pups during that trip.

16th day: Melchior Islands
Today holds the last of your zodiac trips, that lets you discover the environment of the Melchior Islands with your dinghy. About noon you will begin your journey home, where you will pass Anvers Island and Mount Francais while headed towards South America.

17th - 19th day: Drake Passage
During the next days the bark travels through the Drake Passage again. On its way, it is accompanied by seafowl and dolphins.

20th day: Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego
While crossing the Drake Passage, the ship passes Diego Ramirez Island and sails towards Cape Horn. On its way to the Beagle Channel you can admire the impressing break waving at the rocks of Cape Horn. Both the Islands and the fjords you see are becoming greener and greener again.

21st day: Ushuaia
While travelling the last miles of the Beagle Channel, it’s your last opportunity to breathe some fresh sea air. Right before arriving in Ushuaia the ship passes the “Islas de Lobos”. With a binocular you can observe a variety of seafowl. Within sight of Ushaia, it is time to finally time to pack your kitbag again.

22nd day: Ushuaia
On the 22nd day you and your fellow sailors enjoy the last breakfast on board of the bark Europa. You will say goodbye to the ship, its crew and the other travelers and start your journey home.

Ship & Cabin Details

Ushuaia - Feuerland - Antarktis

Die Daten für die Saison 2018/19 sind da: mit der Bark Europa die Antarktis erkunden


Bark Europa

Shipping company: Rederij Bark Europa
Year Built: 1911
Length: 183ft 8in
Breadth: 24ft 5in
Draught: 12ft 9in
Sailing area: 13455 sq ft
Fuel: 5284 gallons
Water: 264 gallons
Capacity: 48 Passengers

Life on Board of the Bark Europa

The Bark Europa is a sail training ship. That means, that the passengers of the sailing trip are part of the crew. They get detailed safety instructions. The participation in the daily life on board depends on the interest of each passenger. The permanent crew will lead and help you with your tasks. Among other things, you will learn how to navigate and steer a ship, how to set sails and how to keep watch. Sailing experience is not necessary. While sailing through the Drake Passage your participation is assumed as well. You will see that "teamwork" is the key to an unforgettable sailing adventure. Being involved below decks or from the sailing and navigational side only makes the “Total” experience so much richer and rewarding. But for those who chose the flexibility of a sailing yacht, you can also just sit back and relax, your on holidays! The Bark Europa has library, a lounge, a poker corner and a deckhouse. It is equipped with a DVD- and CD-Player and radio. Most of the permanent crew is Dutch. The common language on board is English.

Cabin Facilities
On board of the Bark Europa there are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. Each bunk has a blanket and bedlinen. Own bedrolls are therefore not necessary. Towels are also provided. All cabins have their private bathroom and WC. 

Dates, Fares & Services

Ushuaia - Feuerland - Antarktis

Die Daten für die Saison 2018/19 sind da: mit der Bark Europa die Antarktis erkunden


Dates & Fares per Person 2018/19

RoutesDatesShared CabinDouble CabinDuration
Montevideo - South Georgia - Antarctica - UshuaiaNov 14 2018 -
Dec 22 2018
8,190 €8,950 €39 days
Ushuaia - Antarctica - UshuaiaDec 24 2018 -
Jan 14 2019
7,480 €8,580 €22 days
Ushuaia - Antarctica - UshuaiaJan 16 2018 -
Feb 06 2019
7,480 €8,580 €22 days
Ushauaia - South Georgia - Tristan da Cunha - Cape Townapprox. mid of February 2019the exact dates and fares
will follow in May 2018
52 days
plus atmosfair CO2-Offset (23 €/t CO2)


Specific Advices


To confirm a booking:

  • 30% of payment will be required at time of booking
  • 50% six months prior to departure
  • 20% 45 days prior to departure


Included within the price:

  • Accommodation within the booked cabin.
  • Food and beverages (coffee and tea).
  • Linen: Synthetic duvet and cover, pillow, pillow case and towel.
  • All port entry, exit and landing fees whilst on board.
  • Washing machine (utilisation limited).
  • Use of communication equipment, satellite phone and email (does not include transmission costs: please see communications agreement).
  • 220v AC for charging electronics (such as computer, cell phone, camera, iPod, etc.)  please check your owner’s manual for specifics.
  • Diesel and consumables for yacht and inflatable zodiac operations.
  • CO2-Offset via atmosfair.


Not included:

  • Landing fee South Georgia (when starting the trip in Montevideo), in 2015: 185,- GBP per person
  • Rubber Boots, sailing and shore hiking boots.
  • Clothing (water- and wind resistant): thermals, mid layers, gloves and hats.
  • Sleeping bag if required for shore activities.
  • Specific food for onshore expeditions.
  • Beverages from the bar.
  • Personal medical supplies.
  • Binoculars, photo and video camera.
  • Transmission costs for satellite phone calls and email connections (see communication agreement).
  • Travel costs to and from port of departure and arrival.
  • Travel insurance for remote areas.
  • Travel cancelation insurance.


Explanatory Advices

Weather and ice conditions are a constant changing parameter, and are an integral part of travelling in the South. Depending on the conditions at the time, the itinerary may be adapted accordingly to maximise the experience for everyone on board and to ensure the safety of the vessel and personnel.

The Agency 'SLOWTRAVEL experience' is not the organizer, rather the agent of this travel. Therefore the Terms & Conditions of the Shipping Company are applicable.

For further informations please do not hesitate to contact us. Changes and errors excepted!