At a time when it’s possible for thirty people to stand on the top of Everest in one day, Antarctica still remains a remote, lonely and desolate continent. A place where it’s possible to see the splendours and immensities of the natural world at its most dramatic and, what’s more, witness them almost exactly as they were, long, long before human beings ever arrived on the surface of this planet. Long may it remain so
— David Attenborough
Antarctic season 2019-2020 with Bark Europa

The Antarctic season is long over. After more than 3 months, 6 Drake crossings, 41 landings, and about half a dozen zodiac cruises, we returned back to a vastly different world. The fate of the next Antarctic season is still uncertain and that is true for most of the expedition companies and industry as such. However, the past season deserves a mention so let’s just reflect back on it with some images.

Cape to Cape voyage, guiding in Antarctica and South Georgia

I've been guiding in Antarctica, South Georgia, and Tristan da Cunha. Spending nearly 2 months on the most breathtaking locations in the world left me filled with an experience I never thought I can have. This is a little story about how all this happened.

Antarctica expedition on board of Bark Europa. Travel video.

I have finally made it. A short travel video from Antarctica expedition on board of Bark Europa. I focused mostly on photography on this trip however, I did shoot some footage. Hopefully, this short video conveys the sense of adventure and feeling of awe I experienced on this trip.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 7 - The galley story

Sailing to Antarctica on rough waters of Drake Passage is challenging as it is. Even more so for kitchen staff. This is a short photographic tribute to the crew that worked in the kitchen on the Bark Europa during our voyage to and from Antarctica.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 6 - Last days and farewell Antarctica

During the second half of Antarctic Peninsula exploration, we reach our southernmost point. The pressing time schedule and unfavorable weather forecasts don't allow us to go any further south. Let's enjoy last few days in Antarctica before turning the ship around and leave this beautiful continent behind.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 5 - Sailing towards Antarctic Peninsula

Our time on the South Shetland Islands ended and we keep pushing towards the Bransfield Strait. It is a big body of water that separates the islands we left behind from Antarctic Peninsula. There are more adventures ahead and more exciting sight to see. Here I will finally set my foot on Antarctic continent itself.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 4 - South Shetland Islands

I have already got the first taste of the South Shetland Islands. The late landing on Barrientos Island was a sign of exciting adventures to come. We have few more landing in this amazing landscape including a famous Deception island with its abandoned whalers site.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 3 - Crossing the Drake Passage and first landing

It is time to leave Ushuaia Ushuaia and set the sail for Antarctica. The dreaded Drake Passage is ahead. I saw big cargo and cruise ships battle the swells. Doing it on square sail rigger such as Europa will be that much more challenging.But I am ready and dare to say, I am looking forward to it.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 2 - Meet the ship

It is time to introduce Europa. When researching Antarctic voyages, I had no idea, there might be some more exciting options that modern cruise liners. Until a day I stumbled upon Bark Europa website. I was immediately hooked and I knew, if I ever go to Antarctica, it has to be on that ship. Let's take a closer look.

Antarctica expedition on Bark Europa, Part 1 - Ushuaia

My dream to visit Antarctica has become a reality. I found myself on the plane to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica. Te Bark Europa, a long tail square-rigged ship is waiting at the port to take us to the Antarctic peninsula.