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Falkland Islands 2020

Experience the Falkland Islands on board Bark EUROPA during a one week sailing experience and explore the beautiful islands while making hikes ashore. This voyage will bring you around the islands and will be fully focused on admiring the beauty of the area and spotting its incredible wildlife. Surrounded by the many seabirds and magnificent albatrosses we will explore the area. We will make daily landings and our guides will take you on a tour telling you all they know about its flora and fauna. 

It is also possible to combine this one week voyage with our 34 day Antarctica expedition, that will start from Stanley one week later. You can find more information on this combination here.

The Falklands expedition opens on October 29, 2019 at 12:00 CET (noon). From that moment the voyage will be available for bookings on our website. Bookings received before this date will not be processed to give everyone a fair chance.

It was a amazing voyage!!! The crew were wonderful in helping us with everything and the cook was absolutely amazing! I think that for a training ship she is handled very well and the organization was great. The captain did a superb job of wrangling the 40 plus landlubbers and keeping a ship shape ship! Thank you to everyone for all the love and effort that goes into this beautiful vessel.

Willow

Ant 1 Falkland Islands - Ushuaia

EUROPA sails from Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands towards South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula. During this leg EUROPA can usually take advantage of the prevailing strong (and sometimes stormy) westerly winds, making a good crossing to South Georgia. You will be able to experience all the aspects of seaman’s life, including watch keeping, climbing the masts and classic navigation. In sailing the EUROPA, teamwork is the keyword. On board you learn the names of the hundreds of different lines and 30 sails, you will be steering the ship, standing on lookout and hoisting the sails.

The permanent crew were just so professional, uncomplaining, friendly and forever helpful and our guides clearly have a passion for what they do and the ability to make every little mundane task feel exciting. Words really cannot express what it was like and, to quote from another's blog, if you really want to know you will have to go see for your self.

Chris

Ant 2 Ushuaia- Ushuaia

Some people become interested in the North and South Pole after reading about the voyages of Willem Barentz and Shackleton. Others are more fascinated by the rich wildlife or the beauty of the unspoilt natural environment. Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on our planet, but man has always been unable to live here because of its extremely cold climate. It is the last great wilderness on Earth. A couple of thousand researchers spend the southern summer living in several research stations. During the southern winter, that number dwindles to less than 1,000. When winter grips this great, white desert, tourist activity is no longer possible.

Coming on the Europa for 2.5 months was the best decision I've ever made. I hope I'll be back on the EUROPA in the near future.

Adrien

Ant 3 Ushuaia - Ushuaia

The expedition starts in Argentina in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, the ship must cross ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over. Albatrosses and petrels will accompany the EUROPA on her way to the Antarctic paradise. After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming: seals, sea-gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young. In the Antarctic waters, the EUROPA will anchor in sheltered bays practically every day.

What a marvellous experience I had on this trip. The ship was incredible and the crew were so helpful for those of us who had never sailed on a square rigger before. We swam near the equator, saw dolphins, whales, flying fish and albatross and had perfect sailing weather for most of the trip. I would absolutely recommend an ocean voyage on Europa to anyone looking for a special experience, I can’t wait to do another trip!

Caren

Ant 4 Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Sailing to Antarctica is a unique adventure, on board Bark EUROPA you will experience it all. You will sail the icy waters and spot the many sea birds on your way. You will stand watch and hoist the sails on your way to the white continent.

The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin rookeries. Ashore, visitors will often be welcomed by different kinds of penguins, such as the Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. Our experienced guide will give you information about the flora and fauna and will also tell you where to find bird and sea elephant colonies. The ship will sail further south. We expect the most loyal visitors of the Southern Ocean: enormous Humpback whales; Minke whales and even Orcas or Killer whales may well come close to us, curious to see who ventures into their waters. Ice masses will get bigger closer to the mainland. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround the EUROPA.

My journey on the Bark Europa, short as it may have been, was an amazing one. The trip was a nice combination of relaxation and exercise. I also learned a lot about the ship and sailing it. I owe this experience to the crew members that were always enthusiastic and eager to explain everything.

Klaas

Ant 5 Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Sail to Antartica with Bark EUROPA! Our voyages are based on experiences from previous expeditions of the EUROPA to Antarctica. In putting together this year's itinerary we have included the most impressive places we have visited in the past. Your trip will be unique and one of a kind, not only will you learn how to sail a traditional Tall Ship, you will climb her high masts and steer a steady course. You will see some incredible wildlife from Bark EUROPA's decks and from ashore.

Expeditions in Antarctica is all about spontaneity, discovery, exploration and adventure, our team of experienced guides and crew will always strive to create a remarkable trip for everyone: an expedition to the white continent of Antarctica that you will never forget

The voyage was an experience few have or will ever have a chance to embrace. Doing such a long voyage brings so much more time to absorb the spirit of open ocean tall ship sailing as close as one can get historically.

Scott

Ant 6 Cape to Cape

This 52-day expedition is a real sailing trip that involves the crossing of the Drake Passage and the Atlantic Ocean, under sail whenever possible. During the many sailing days, you will be joining a watch system, keep Europa sailing 24/7 and take part in steering, lookout and sail handling. You will also enjoy the lecture program put together by our guides and crew. Some subjects covered during these talks are about the rigging, the lines, the different sails, navigation concepts and rope work.

During this epic adventure we will visit Antartica, South Georgia and Tristan de Cunha!

The Southern Atlantic Ocean is infamous for its roughness, hence the names: “Roaring Forties”, “Furious Fifties” and “Screaming Sixties” corresponding with the degrees of latitude. Sailing from island to island may take around 10 days and you will be able to experience all the aspects of seaman’s life.

This trip hits you very hard in an emotional way. You may think that you understand what you are going through and seeing while you are on the trip -but that is not the case. In the weeks and months after the being on the Bark Europa you begin to fully realize that this kind of experience was unique to the point that it will probably not be duplicated ever again in your global travels. It is an over the top experience.

Mike

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