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Antarctica expedition 15th January 2018

Welcome to the community page Antarctica expedition 15th January 2018

Welcome on board Europa for our first Antarctic expedition in 2018! 

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.

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Russell · 5 months

Hey all, if you want to see them, my Antarctica photos can be viewed at Also be sure to friend me on Facebook while you're at it ;)

Russell · 5 months

Hey all, I'm finally back from my travels. I'd love to see everyone's photos, and I'm sure you do too! If you want to share them however and don't have an easy way to upload them to the internet, I have a Google Drive Unlimited account with infinite storage space. Once uploaded there, you can share the photos via a simple URL, similar to how Patricia shared her photos in Dropbox last week. If someone wants to upload them to my Google Drive account, just let me know and I'll post the instructions for how to do it.

Patricia · 5 months

Hola amigos, Hope you all are well and coming back slowly to reality after the trip. As Darrel and Jeff, I wanted to thank you all for your friendship and for sharing this adventure, it´s been amazing meeting you all on this memorable trip I will fondly remember. Pls, find in the next link some pictures of you Love, Patri (

Jeffrey · 6 months

Hey everybody! I wanted to echo Darrell's sentiments and say that it was wonderful meeting you all! I promise to send out the lyrics to "Lonely Macaroni" as soon as I get the email list :) Or if you just can't wait, feel free to write to me at (I'd also love to see any videos or photos that you may have shot from that night, so please send them along if you can!) I put a folder on the ship's computer full of photos I took featuring my fellow passengers...when I get the email list I'll post a link to a Dropbox folder in case anyone would still like to check it out. Hope you're all adjusting to life back on land...let's all do it again next year!! :) Love, Jeff

Bark EUROPA · 6 months

Dear Sailors, We hope you all made it home from your adventure on Bark EUROPA. There have been some questions about the logbook, which you are all expecting to be send to you. The logbooks are on a usb-stick, which unfortunately has sailed of on another Antarctic Adventure. With the next port call we will receive the usb and we will send you the logbook as soon as possible. Best wishes, Team Bark EUROPA

Darrell · 6 months

Hello everybody! This is Darrell. I wanted to thank everyone for the friendship and kindness shown to me on our memorable voyage. I hope everyone had a great trip home. Mine was uneventful but exhausting. Its too bad we had so many people ill on the trip, but that was unavoidable. I would really like to learn more about the voyage immediately before us who apparently had a more difficult time making it back. Best wishes to everyone!

Darrell · 7 months

Hey! This is Darrell.I should get in Ushuaia on Friday night. I plan to roam around town and whatever Saturday and Sunday, if you'd like to meet or whatever send me a message. I will be staying at Los Acebos hotel, feel free to look me up and meet.

Julie · 7 months

Hey everyone! For those interested, we have a group WhatsApp chat to make plans for this weekend in Ushuaia, if anyone is interested to join us!

Francois · 7 months

Hello everyone my name is Francois. I am French and live at the edge of the Mediterannée in Toulon. I sail on smaller sailboats and Europa will be for me a first experience. I arrive in Ushuaia on the 13th in the middle of the afternoon. I think Darrell's idea is good. I am available for a walk on the 14th to the Martial Glacier or the Tierra del Fuego Park Why not have a dinner then to get some strength before the Drake

Patricia · 7 months

Hi everyone! My name is Patricia, I´m from Spain and one of the lucky lastminute on board due to a cancellation, so I´m even more excited about this dream Antarctica Expedition sailing on Bark Europa, and of course, meeting you all. See you in a couple of weeks sailors!

Darrell · 7 months

Hi! This is Darrell. I am from the United States, currently living in Memphis, TN but have lived all over the US. I saw the Bark Europa when I was in Antarctica 2 years ago and it was the neatest thing I have ever seen. On my last Antarctica trip one of my guides was Phil Wickens who had been professional crew on the Bark Europa previously, he said it is great! I am a biologist (physiology) by profession. This will be my third Antarctica trip, the previous two were both different and special. Of course the greatest experience is the people you get to meet and interact with. I should arrive in town the 12th so if anyone wants to go out for a hike, drink, or dinner let me know. For the people who have not been before rubber gloves from a hardware store often work better in conjunction with liners than the expensive stuff in the wet environment. It was not that cold on my previous trips, except when it was windy. It doesn't get better than this trip. Look forward to seeing you!

Ian · 7 months

Hi, this is Ian. Anne and I are from England and are also getting very excited about our first trip to Antarctica. I got the chance to go aboard the Europa briefly in Cape Town 20 months ago. Although I've done some sailing, having never been on a tall ship before, I found the rig utterly confusing. No doubt, we will all be experts in six week's time! Looking forward to meeting you all.

Carlo · 7 months

Hi again everyone! Any clues as to what that Arctic plunge looks like? I am going to guess its in a dry suit, but should we bring a normal swimming costume or also a lycra or neoprene...? Kinda not too sure what to expect...

Laura · 8 months

Hello All! Sam, and I will be travelling with you all on this voyage to Antarctica. It's our second time on the Bark Europa and we can't wait to be back on there- and this time going to Antarctica!! I will most definitely be bringing chocolate with me!! We'll also be having our 2 year wedding anniversary whilst we're on board which is fun...looking forward to meeting you all!

Sherman · 8 months

Greetings everyone! My name is Sherman and I live in the US (Virginia). I had the pleasure of sailing aboard Europa from Boston to Prince Edward Island Canada last summer and can't wait for the voyage to Antarctica! Like the rest of you, I have been assembling warm clothes for a long time to prepare!! I plan to arrive in Buenos Aires on 10 Jan, which oddly for me will require some summer clothes, but I am excited about seeing the city for the first time. If any of you will be there then and want to connect please let me know. I will be in Ushuaia on the 12th to have a few days to explore before we depart on Europa. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing this amazing experience! Happy Holidays!

Harry · 8 months

Hello fellow sailors, my name is Harry. I am from the Netherlands. I am also looking forward to enjoying this trip, because in my opinion this is one of the few opportunities for real adventure in an original environment these days.

Petra · 8 months

Hello all, I think I am the last one to introduce herself. My name is Petra I live Amsterdam and I am looking forward to join you with Jeroen on this very special journey. We bought all the warm stuff and in my withe and black jacket I look like a penguin. So I can really melt in with all the family’s we will meet. The Bark Europa looks like a really great boot. With everything on it. Except for small snacks ;) So we have bring a lot of chocolate? Are there some more recommendations?

Rian · 8 months

Hello all, Iam Rian and I will go to Antarctica from december 23 till januari 13. For this trip I bought Muck boots. I bought the Muck boots arctic ice tall women, black with a little bit pink, size 39/40. I have size 38/39 but bought 1 size bigger so I can wear 2 sock. The fit really good and also walk pretty good. But after the trip I will not use them anymore so if anyone is interrested please let me know. I bought them for €200 so was thinking about selling them for €150. Saves you €50 and traveling with them. Please contact me by email because Iam travelling already and not so often om this site:

Jeffrey · 8 months

Hi everyone! My name is Jeff, my wife Lisa and I will be celebrating our honeymoon with you on the Europa! We live in Los Angeles where Lisa works as a finance executive for LiveNation and I work as a writer and filmmaker. We love to travel (you can check out my travel blog at ) and have been planning this trip for several years!! We look forward to meeting all of you! (Lisa wanted to give a special shout out to you, Julie, since she saw the horse in your profile picture and loves to ride!) :) See you all soon!!!!

Sybren · 8 months

Hi there, fellow sailors-to-be. My name is Sybren and I hope to sail with you lot from Ushuaia in January. We're in the midst of the voyage preparations, buying items I've never needed before. Very curious how it will be, not only going to Antarctica, but also sailing on a ship like the Europa. We (I will travel together with Martijn) will depart from Amsterdam on Friday 12 January, and hope to arrive in Ushuaia one day later. See you all on board in six weeks.

Martijntje · 8 months

Dear all, I am Martijn(tje) from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Together with Sybren, i enjoy on this Antarctic adventure. Time passes quickly now and with that we get more enthousiastic en excited. We both bought our boots and the cristmas lists are full of warm needs. So nothing will miss to have the time of our live with all of you!

Christina · 8 months

Hello from Toronto! I am Christina and I am very excited to have been able to get a last minute cancellation spot for this voyage. I am heading to Galapagos for three weeks so my sea legs will be ready for this adventure. I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Carlo · 8 months

Hello fellow travelers! I'm Carlo and will be joining on this trip with a friend of mine (Santiago). We are from Spain (sort of, at least he is) and are looking forward to the trip with great enthusiasm. I also wanted to ask, a part from the Packing tips section of the website, is there anything else that we should take into account towards what we have to bring? Thanks for the help, See you all aboard!

Bark EUROPA · 8 months

Dear Sailors, We had a lively discussion in the Bark EUROPA facebook about tips and tricks for packing for Antarctica and we wanted to share them with you: In general: Muck boots are amazing to bring. Watertight and warm Merino wool thermals are better than synthetic ones. Bring at least 2 pairs of gloves, Lindsay says: ‘Gordini Gore Tex Down gloves would be my pick!’ Ski goggles Indoor warm shoes or slippers for bellow decks Bring a backup possibility for your photo’s Lotions and chap sticks And the most mentioned item: bring more chocolate!!! For the ladies: Bring conditioner or anti-knot spray if you have longer hair, the wind will tangle your hair extremely. Best wishes, Team Bark EUROPA ps: the photo was made on november 22th, the first snow of the 2017/2018 Antarctic Season!

Bark EUROPA · 9 months

Dear Sailors, We hope your voyage preparations are going well and that you are exited for your voyage! In the last couple of weeks we have received a lot of questions concerning what gear to bring to your Antarctic voyage. With the hope to help you all, we have extended the packing list we have on the website, so please have a look for some more tips! Team Bark EUROPA

Katrin · 9 months

Hi, my name is Katrin from Germany. I am not on the January trip, but on the trip before yours starting Dec 23rd. I am on a 7-months-holiday that started last week. For the antarctica expedition on Bark Europa I bought rubber boots Size 41 which I unfortunately have to carry around Brazil and Argentina before getting on the ship. On our return to Ushuaia on Jan 13th I don't need them any longer for the rest of my trip through South Am­erica. So I was wand­ering if there is so­mebody on the next voyage, your voyage, who might take them for 30 Euros. They are green and have a warm lining and I bought an extra warm insole. My usual shoe size is 39. Please let me know here or at Thank you and kind regards, Katrin

Bark EUROPA · 9 months

Dear Sailors, We hope you are doing well with your voyage preparations. We would like to inform you that we have added two new documents to the Travel Information Section of this Community Page. Please read them before your embark on the Bark EUROPA. If there are any further questions, please feel free to ask! Bark EUROPA

Bert · 10 months

I am Bert from the Netherlands. I look forward to meet you all in Ushuaia.

Julie · 11 months

Hey everyone! So I had the privilege to tour the ship a few months ago for work, and took a few (mostly blurry!) pictures. I just uploaded them in the Photo gallery section, just in case some of you wanted to see what the inside of the ship looks like, the living quarters, the beds, the dining hall, etc. It's quite small/cozy but very nice overall, and the crew is super friendly!

Jeroen · 11 months

with 'this' time I obviously mean the time of our trip :-)

Jeroen · 11 months

Hi There. This is Jeroen. I'm excited too and look forward to the trip. Does any one have any info on how the weather usually is this time of the year where w're going?

Cyril · 11 months

Hi, I am Cyril (Netherlands) and realy excited about this trip. Looking forward to meeting you all in Ushauia soon!

Daniel · 11 months

Getting more anxious/excited/nervous/pumped as the January date gets closer! Looking forward to meeting you all and experiencing this amazing opportunity. Daniel from Michigan, USA here :)

Nicole · 11 months

Hi you all! I am really excited to make this trip in january. My name is Nicole but everyone is calling me Nicky. I am from the Netherlands and I wander where are you all coming from?

Julie · 1 year

Hi everyone! I'm so pumped, and can't wait to meet all of you! :)

Elizabeth · 1 year

Really excited!

Cristina · 1 year

Hello! Looking forward to the trip!

Bark EUROPA · 1 year

Dear trainees, welcome to the community page! This community is for all of you joining us for one our Januari 15th Antarctica Expedition for Ushuaia. We look forward to welcoming you on board!

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