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Antarctic Adventure Expeditions on a Tall Ship

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Antarctic Sailing Expeditions on a Tall Ship 

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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.

Europa explores Antarctica where hump back whales, penguins, leopard seal and albatross abound.

NEW Season Bark Europa Antarctic Sailing Voyage Dates

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 places fill up very quickly. Sign up for our e newsletter below to receive early notification of dates. 

There are still a few places on the two longer  Antarctic and South Georgia Expeditions this winter. If you are after the classic 22 day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition on Bark Europa then the 2014-15 dates have just been announced. In 2015 the epic 52 day Cape Horn to Cape Town voyage is back with week long expeditions in Antarctica and South Georgia. All dates for both seasons below:

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

Europa Antarctica General Brochure

Europa Antarctica Flight information

Europa Antarctica Kit List


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 acioantarctic adventure expeditions by sailn 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.

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

Antarctic penguins with Debbie PurserWhat 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.

25 day Antarctic Sailing Expedition:  Chilean Fjords & Antarctica in Nov 2014

When Europa travels from Europe to the Southern Hemisphere she occasionally offers a Chilean Fjords and Antarctica package, starting in Punta Arenas in Chile, rather than Ushuaia. This creates an opportunity to explore a bit of the Chilean Fjords and the Magellan Straits before heading across the Drakes Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.  If you are combining the voyage with travels in South America then this places you closer to Torres del Paine Mountains and the impressive Fitzroy ranges.

Europa 22 Day and 25 day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition - voyage description, dates and prices

Read more on the amazing wildlife, icebergs & Antarctic islands

Step on the Antarctic Mainland - in the wake of the polar explorers

BUY "Cold: Sailing to Antarctica" - a photographic book of Bark Europa's adventures

Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia

34 Day Scotia Arc Expedition: Falklands, South Georgia, & Eastern Antarctic Peninsula in Dec 2013

After Europa's Round the World voyage she will return to the Falklands via Cape Horn. In the pipeline is a repeat of the Centennial Expedition, starting from Stanley.  This 34 day voyage sails from Falklands to South Georgia for a week long expedition before heading even further South to South Orkney. The square rigger then sails across the Weddell Sea to the more remote Eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula for another wildlife extravaganza.

All South Georgia and Antarctic Expeditions - descriptions, dates and prices

52 Day Expedition Cape Horn to Cape of Good Hope in 2015

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.

Europa 52 day Sailing Expedition - voyage description, dates & prices

Brochures to Print or Download

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.

Europa Antarctica General Brochure

Europa Antarctica Flight information

Europa Antarctica Kit List

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photo: Europa in Grytviken Whaling Museum, South Georgia


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

Photo Description Departs Disembarks
Europa - ANT1241114 - 24 days Details
2014-15 SEASON Antarctic and Chilean Fjords Sailing & Wildlife Expedition on a Tall Ship - Start in Punta Arenas, Chile - 2 extra days
4-6 Berth Cabin pp | EUR € 6,150.00 Available
2 Berth Cabin pp | EUR €7,350.00 | Fully booked
Mon, 24/11/2014 - 17:00
Puntas Arena, Chile
Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Europa - ANT2191214 - 22 days Details
2014-15 SEASON Antarctic Sailing & Wildlife Expedition on a Tall Ship - Christmas and New Year
4-6 Berth Cabin pp | EUR € 6,150.00 Available
2 Berth Cabin pp | EUR €7,350.00 | Available
Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Fri, 09/01/2015 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Europa - ANT3110115 - 22 days Details
2014-15 SEASON Antarctic Sailing & Wildlife Expedition on a Tall Ship - What a Way to Start 2015
4-6 Berth Cabin pp | EUR € 6,150.00 Available
2 Berth Cabin pp | EUR €7,350.00 | Fully booked
Sun, 11/01/2015 - 17:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Sun, 01/02/2015 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Europa - ANT4030215 - 22 days Details
2014-15 SEASON Antarctic Sailing & Wildlife Expedition on a Tall Ship - Get Closer to Nature
4-6 Berth Cabin pp | EUR € 6,150.00 Available
2 Berth Cabin pp | EUR €7,350.00 | Fully booked
Tue, 03/02/2015 - 17:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Tue, 24/02/2015 - 09:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Europa - ANT5270215 - 52 days Details
2015 Season Cape Horn to Cape Town - 5500 mile Southern Ocean Epic with Expeditions to Antarctic, South Georgia and Tristan Da Cuhna
4-6 Berth Cabin pp | EUR € 7,275.00 Available
2 Berth Cabin pp | EUR €8,375.00 | Fully booked
Fri, 27/02/2015 - 17:00
Ushuaia Argentina
Sun, 19/04/2015 - 09:00
Cape Town, South Africa


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