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15 Photos that Will Make You Wish You Were in Antarctica Now

Bark Europa in Antarctica

Normally, I’m not much of a photographer. I use my words to express how much I enjoy a new location or experience. Antarctica was different though. Every photo reminds me that my journey with Bark Europa was the most fantastical adventure of my life. It was the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true. It has shaped me and completely changed me. You could argue that every moment in our life changes us, but there are some moments so great and different from anything we’ve ever experienced, that we can never go back to unknowing. They are benchmarks that leave us with extra pieces to fit into our hearts and our eyes for we now have more colors and shapes and sounds that we never thought existed.

I watched penguins hatch, climbed volcanoes, sledded down glaciers, swam in thermal currents, sailed a tall ship, and made life-long friends. Even without photo reminders, this is one trip that will be ingrained in my memory for life.

Penguins on Barrientos Island

Around Trinity Island

Deception Island

Neko Harbour

Lemaire Channel

Aitcho Islands, Antarctica

Neko Harbour & Penguins, Antarctica

Ice in Neko Harbour, Antarctica

Whale Tale in Antarctica

Watching Penguin Chicks Hatch in Antarctica

Gouvernøren Harbour, Antarctica

Gouvernøren Harbour Penguins, Antarctica

Bark Europa in Neko Harbour, Antarctica

Penguin on Hannah Point, Antarctica

 

Without Bark Europa, Whitecaps Marine, and Pilotur, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity wouldn’t have been possible.

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76 thoughts on “15 Photos that Will Make You Wish You Were in Antarctica Now

  1. Anita Archer says:

    Oh! I wanna go there! Your pictures are great! I can see the creative hand of God!

    1. Lesley says:

      It was always on my list and I’m so grateful that I was able to experience it this year. Sailing on Bark Europa made the journey the best part of the trip. You should go 🙂

  2. Angela Todd says:

    Wow, it looks like you were on a different planet! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Lesley says:

      Every day was something new and I always felt like I was on another planet, especially around the volcano. I still can’t believe I actually sailed there on a tall ship.

  3. hugmamma says:

    gorgeous photos…and no!…i don’t want to go there. being a native hawaiian…i’m still a sun seeker…who prefers to be warm…without having to put on a ton of coats…hugs for sharing tho!!!

    1. Lesley says:

      I totally understand the desire to be warm. I usually choose hot destinations and Hawaii is one of my favorites. It was worth the cold though and I’d go back again in a heart beat. Which island are you from?

  4. hugmamma says:

    gorgeous photos…and no!…i don’t want to go there. being a native hawaiian…i’m still a sun seeker…who prefers to be warm…without having to put on a ton of coats…hugs for sharing tho!!!

    1. Lesley says:

      I totally understand the desire to be warm. I usually choose hot destinations and Hawaii is one of my favorites. It was worth the cold though and I’d go back again in a heart beat. Which island are you from?

  5. J. Holmes says:

    #PiloturBLP The Hawk Eye pilot watch has been developed for ESK 722, the search and rescue (SAR) squadron in the Danish Air Force. I like that.

    1. Lesley says:

      So glad you won, John! I hope you’re enjoying your watch 🙂 Congratulations.

  6. J. Holmes says:

    #PiloturBLP The Hawk Eye pilot watch has been developed for ESK 722, the search and rescue (SAR) squadron in the Danish Air Force. I like that.

    1. Lesley says:

      So glad you won, John! I hope you’re enjoying your watch 🙂 Congratulations.

  7. raj says:

    Awesome Pics, I Like Very Much.

  8. raj says:

    Awesome Pics, I Like Very Much.

  9. Jessica says:

    What a Amazing Pics, I Like It.

  10. Jessica says:

    What a Amazing Pics, I Like It.

  11. Laura Lynch says:

    You’re right, these photos did make me want to go there immediately. They’re incredible. The one of the penguins cuddling won my heart.

    1. Lesley says:

      That’s my favorite too, Laura. They were so cute and curious. It was adorable. Even with the nasty smell, I miss seeing them.

  12. Laura Lynch says:

    You’re right, these photos did make me want to go there immediately. They’re incredible. The one of the penguins cuddling won my heart.

    1. Lesley says:

      That’s my favorite too, Laura. They were so cute and curious. It was adorable. Even with the nasty smell, I miss seeing them.

  13. How could you have taken such extraordinary photos and say you are not normally much of a photographer?!! What breathtaking shots! How on earth did you capture that shot of the penguin hatching??? Spectacular!

    1. Lesley says:

      Hi Karina! Thank you for the kind words. Every photo from Antarctica was amazing; it didn’t have much to do with me. 😉 The penguin hatching was a Godsend. I’m grateful that I was in the right place at the right time. There were so many, though, that it was inevitable to capture it on camera. Is Antarctica on your list?

  14. How could you have taken such extraordinary photos and say you are not normally much of a photographer?!! What breathtaking shots! How on earth did you capture that shot of the penguin hatching??? Spectacular!

    1. Lesley says:

      Hi Karina! Thank you for the kind words. Every photo from Antarctica was amazing; it didn’t have much to do with me. 😉 The penguin hatching was a Godsend. I’m grateful that I was in the right place at the right time. There were so many, though, that it was inevitable to capture it on camera. Is Antarctica on your list?

  15. these are STUNNING!

  16. these are STUNNING!

  17. Please take me with you next time. I so want to go to Antarctica and kidnap a penguin to keep as a pet. JK on the last part.

    1. Lesley says:

      It was one of the greatest travel experiences of my life and I’d go back in a heart beat. Sailing there as part of the training crew on a tall ship made it that much better too. I felt like a real explorer 🙂

  18. Please take me with you next time. I so want to go to Antarctica and kidnap a penguin to keep as a pet. JK on the last part.

    1. Lesley says:

      It was one of the greatest travel experiences of my life and I’d go back in a heart beat. Sailing there as part of the training crew on a tall ship made it that much better too. I felt like a real explorer 🙂

  19. Thanks for transporting for Antarctica for a moment! Can’t wait to make it there someday.

    1. Lesley says:

      Is it on your list, Amanda? It was my favorite travel adventure yet, especially sailing there on a tall ship.

  20. Thanks for transporting for Antarctica for a moment! Can’t wait to make it there someday.

    1. Lesley says:

      Is it on your list, Amanda? It was my favorite travel adventure yet, especially sailing there on a tall ship.

  21. I didn’t know about this outfit before but will look into their trips when I finally get the chance to visit Antarctica. Your pictures make that seem so much more tangible.

    1. Lesley says:

      Sailing with Bark Europa was just as fantastic as actually visiting Antarctica. I’m grateful for the experience and wouldn’t want to experience it any other way.

  22. I didn’t know about this outfit before but will look into their trips when I finally get the chance to visit Antarctica. Your pictures make that seem so much more tangible.

    1. Lesley says:

      Sailing with Bark Europa was just as fantastic as actually visiting Antarctica. I’m grateful for the experience and wouldn’t want to experience it any other way.

  23. MY ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST and yes, amazing shots that make me want to go ASAP.

    1. Lesley says:

      Have you visited before, Tanj? It was the greatest travel adventure of my life, especially since I sailed there on a tall ship.

  24. MY ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST and yes, amazing shots that make me want to go ASAP.

    1. Lesley says:

      Have you visited before, Tanj? It was the greatest travel adventure of my life, especially since I sailed there on a tall ship.

  25. Mags says:

    AHHHHH those penguins are too cute! What a great experience. You’re photos are wonderful. I never even knew I wanted to go to Antarctica!

    1. Lesley says:

      The penguins were even cuter face to face, but they really stank 😉

  26. Mags says:

    AHHHHH those penguins are too cute! What a great experience. You’re photos are wonderful. I never even knew I wanted to go to Antarctica!

    1. Lesley says:

      The penguins were even cuter face to face, but they really stank 😉

  27. Brianna says:

    So otherworldly, surely an experience you’ll never forget.

    1. Lesley says:

      It was the greatest travel experience of my life, especially since I sailed there on a tall ship. I don’t think anything will ever surpass it.

  28. Brianna says:

    So otherworldly, surely an experience you’ll never forget.

    1. Lesley says:

      It was the greatest travel experience of my life, especially since I sailed there on a tall ship. I don’t think anything will ever surpass it.

  29. Stunning pics! Just hope Antarctica still looks the same in a generation from now, and that climate change doesn’t impact too much on it.

    1. Lesley says:

      Me too, Dave. So many changes. Hopefully my daughter can experience it like I did.

  30. Stunning pics! Just hope Antarctica still looks the same in a generation from now, and that climate change doesn’t impact too much on it.

    1. Lesley says:

      Me too, Dave. So many changes. Hopefully my daughter can experience it like I did.

  31. Valerie says:

    No honey, you ARE a photographer! Seriously, WOW! Some of the photos are just mesmerizing! And I know what you mean, how some moments and trips can change literally change your life and the way you see the world.

    1. Lesley says:

      Thank you, Valerie. You made my day. 🙂

  32. Valerie says:

    No honey, you ARE a photographer! Seriously, WOW! Some of the photos are just mesmerizing! And I know what you mean, how some moments and trips can change literally change your life and the way you see the world.

    1. Lesley says:

      Thank you, Valerie. You made my day. 🙂

  33. Oh, wow! These are just so beautiful- the ship makes it look like fairytale.

    1. Lesley says:

      It was like stepping back in time. I felt like a real explorer. Is Antarctica on your list, Katie?

  34. Oh, wow! These are just so beautiful- the ship makes it look like fairytale.

    1. Lesley says:

      It was like stepping back in time. I felt like a real explorer. Is Antarctica on your list, Katie?

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