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Antarctic Adventures by Tall Ship

Valery Vasilevskyi

Photo by Valery Vasilevskyi

Antarctica the most Awesome of Remote Places

The voyage of a Lifetime

Classic Sailing offer the unique opportunity to visit the Antarctic Peninsula on a tall ship where you are the guest crew setting the sails and steering the ship. This active adventure keeps you warm working on deck so you see more wildlife, and the teamwork required to sail a square rigger in the Southern Ocean brings the whole ships company closer together than on a large expedition ship.

You become part of a very small group of adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts able to explore this pristine wilderness in a style akin to the great polar explorers.

No experience is needed to travel with us and people from all walks of life sign up for the adventure. Three masted barque Europa has made Antarctica, South Georgia and the Southern Ocean her regular sailing ground every Southern Hemisphere Summer for many years and all her professional crew are well used to introducing novice sailors to this amazing wildlife sanctuary. The summer climate is cold but dry.


Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, Tall Ship, Bark Europa

A Big Adventure

A trip of the lifetime requires careful planning. You will see in the sub menu there is a lot of information for you to study. But if you have any questions we have two experts who have been to Antarctica on Europa in our office, call Adam or Debbie on 01872 580022.


Choice of Tall Ship Expeditions in Antarctica each Season

Europa's Antarctic Sailing and Wildlife Expeditions attract a lot of interest amongst seasonal travellers, experienced sailors and eagle eyed sailing novices looking for real adventure. As soon as the dates are announced places fill up very quickly. 

The Southern Hemisphere Summer and Antarctic Sailing Season for Europa is November until March each year. Usually this ocean wandering tall ship sails South from Europe to Patagonia via Brazil.

The 22 day expeditions are tall ship Europa's most popular wildlife voyages, as once within the fjords and sheltering islands and mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula, the climate can be very pleasant and sunny.

Longer Antarctic Expeditions for those actively seeking out Southern Ocean sailing as well as polar exploration ashore come in a variety of formats each season.  Occasionally Europa starts the season from the Falklands sailing to South Georgia, followed by a foray to South Orkney and looping back in the Polar Easterlies to the Antarctic Peninsula.  Most years she finishes the season with a 52 day epic called Cape to Cape. Sail from near Cape Horn to the Antarctic Peninsula, retrace Shackleton's journey to South Georgia and cross the South Atlantic to Cape Town via Tristan Da Cuhna. If you can't see the one you want this year, give us a ring on 0044 (0)1872 580022.

All Bark Europa Antarctic Sailing & Wildlife Expeditions - Dates & Prices

Bark Europa in Larsen Fjord, South Georgia

22 Day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition on Tall Ship Europa


"The Antarctic Peninsula is truly a vast unspoilt wilderness, teaming in curious wildlife, dazzling glaciers and snowfields, vertical cliffs and ice capped mountains where humans still have yet to tread."

There are many islands with towering rocky pinnacles too steep to catch snow, wide straits where Bark Europa can set square sails for a blast in the frequent strong winds and flat seas, and narrow channels between glaciers tumbling into the sea and mountain ranges dusted with the most tempting and unreachable powder snow in the world. Working outdoors as active crew on a 1912 three masted sailing ship – your body soon acclimatises to the summer temperatures, and you feel much closer to nature and gain a better understanding of the harsh but beautiful landscape.

Travel for 22 day acion packed voyages that start with albatrosses and petrels amongst the giant rollers of the Southern Ocean, crosses the Drakes Passage south of Cape Horn, passes giant icebergs and discovers whales almost on a daily basis. Once amongst the islands, fjords and wide straits along the edge of the Antarctic mainland the seas are free from ocean swell – sheltered by high mountains. the climate is one of the driest on earth and often crystal clear and sunny. Prepare to be ‘blown away’ by the wildlife. You will be escorted into every anchorage by fleets of penguins and acrobatic fur seals.


Bark Europa dwarfed by Icebergs

Southern Ocean in a Square Rigger

The voyage starts in Ushuaia, Argentina and Bark Europa’s professional crew will introduce you to the ship and do as much training as possible before you sail down the sheltered Beagle Channel with impressive views of the snow capped Andes mountains snow. Once you are out of the lee of Tierra del Fuego coastline the ship enters the Drakes Passage – that notorious 480 mile stretch of sea between Cape Horn and the mountain ranges of the Antarctica Peninsula - where the uninterrupted Westerlies can create some of the most impressive waves in the world but between weather systems can often be eerily calm. One moment you may have all square sails set, and then your watch is called to help shorten sail in rapidly increasing squalls. The brave join the ships crew aloft to stow sails. The wiser may leave the climb until a sunnier day amongst the islands.   


Plentiful Wildlife

What is guaranteed is that you will be accompanied by many types of albatross, cape petrels, white chinned petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels – soaring low over the waves and circling the ship. Europa’s wildlife guide will help you identify these impressive birds of the Southern Ocean. The sea temperature dips as you cross the Antarctic Convergence Zone and the likelihood of seeing icebergs increases and lookout duty becomes both a joy and a worry. Fortunately between 59 and 61 degrees latitude south the summer nights are short and the adrenalin of looking for looming white bergs keeps most lookouts warmer ! As the seas around Antarctica are rich in krill sightings of Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Sperm Whales, Orcas and Commaren’s Dolphins are all likely possibilities.
Elephant seals and Bark Europa


Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia

Typical 52 Day Expedition Cape Horn to Cape of Good Hope

The ultimate windjammer experience involving two Antarctic Expeditions in one voyage plus 5500 miles downwind in the Southern Ocean & Roaring 40s. If you can spare 7 weeks on a sailing holiday to totally change your life then this Antarctic voyage has everything - even warm weather ocean sailing at the end.  Sail from Ushuaia in Patagonia past Cape Horn and across the stormy Drakes Passage. Explore the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland and the less visited Weddell Sea before following in Shackletons wake from Elephant Island to South Georgia. Explore this mountainous island for 7-8 days before setting off for Tristan Da Cuhna and Cape Town.

52 Day Antarctic and South Georgia Expedition Brochure

Classic sailing Antarctic BrochuresCurrent Brochures & More to Browse

All our pages are print friendly but if you want a brochure to print and read in front of a roaring fire or e mail to a friend then these should help. 

Vessel Brochure - Bark Europa

22 Day Tall Ship Antarctic Expedition Brochure

24 Day Tall Ship Chilean Fjords and Antarctic Expedition Brochure 

52 Day Antarctic and South Georgia Expedition Brochure

Both Classic Sailing co-founders Adam and Debbie have sailed Antarctica and South Georgia on europa and we have compiled more useful pages to help plan your polar expedition and trip of a lifetime. Read more on the amazing wildlife, icebergs & Antarctic islands. Find out more from our first hand impressions of what it is like to Step on the Antarctic Mainland - in the wake of the polar explorers.  The voyage price does not include flights so see also our travel and flight tips for getting to South America..

Buy British Antarctic Survey maps from us.Photo Galleries, Books and Maps

We have photo galleries on classic sailing website featuring Europa and her guest crews in Antarctica, South Georgia, The Falklands and ocean sailing as well as wildlife galleries.  Europa has a big library on board but you might want to treat yourself to a few books about the wildlife or polar history. See our recommended Antarctic literature list

In our on line shop you can buy charts (maps) of South Georgia and the Cape Horn - Weddell Sea area or the beautiful hardbackbook by photograher Thjis Helsenfeld.


Climate and What to Wear in Antarctica

See our official kit list for guest crew onboard a tall ship in Antarctica and how to keep warm on lookout or going ashore by zodiac, plus some photos of what we all wear out there.  

Europa Antarctica Kit List

photo: Europa in Grytviken Whaling Museum, South Georgia


Classic Sailing holidays - a passion for wooden boats and tall ships.

Photo Description Departs Disembarks
Europa - EU141118 - 39 days Details
Sail downwind with the albatrosses to South Georgia & beyond to the Weddell Sea and Antarctica 2018
4-6 Berth Cabin per person | EUR € 8,190.00 Fully booked
2 Berth Cabin per person | EUR €8,950.00 | Fully booked
Wed, 14/11/2018 - 17:00
Montevideo, Uruguay
Sat, 22/12/2018 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Bark Europa in Antarctica Europa - EU241218 - 22 days Details
Antarctic Sailing & Wildlife Expedition on a Tall Ship - Christmas and New Year 2018-19
4-6 Berth Cabin per person | EUR € 7,480.00 Fully booked
2 Berth Cabin per person | EUR €8,580.00 | Fully booked
Mon, 24/12/2018 - 17:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Mon, 14/01/2019 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Square rigger in Antarctica - you can be crew Europa - EU160119 - 22 days Details
22 day Antarctic Sailing & Wildlife Expedition on a Tall Ship 2019
4-6 Berth Cabin per person | EUR € 7,480.00 Fully booked
2 Berth Cabin per person | EUR €8,580.00 | Fully booked
Wed, 16/01/2019 - 17:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Wed, 06/02/2019 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Europa - EU-ANT5-20 - usually 52 days Details
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED: Europa Cape to Cape 2019 - including Antarctic and South Georgia -Express your interest here- exact dates to be published in May 2018
Expression of Interest 4 berth cabin | EUR € 0.00 Apply Now
Expression of interest 2 berth cabin | EUR €0.00 | Apply Now*
Thu, 07/02/2019 (All day)
Ushuaia Argentina
Wed, 27/03/2019 (All day)
Cape Town, South Africa
Europa - EU19-20 - 22 to 52 days Details
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED Summary of Europa Antarctic Sailing Season 2019-20 - Express your interest now
Expression of Interest 4 berth cabin | EUR € 0.00 Apply Now
Expression of interest 2 berth cabin | EUR €0.00 | Apply Now*
Sat, 02/11/2019 (All day)
Ushuaia Argentina
Thu, 30/04/2020 (All day)
Cape Town, South Africa

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