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Bart Vaganée


Hi there, My name is Bart, I am studying to become a biology and geography teacher in Belgium. I am also an aspirant mountaineering instructor. My goal is to explore the world and encourage others to do the same. Only trough travel and exploration, we can understand the world and make it a better place. In general I really like to travel, experience the outdoors and to share my experiences with others.

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Bart's motivation

For a long time, I've been intrigued by the white continent, I read a lot of stories about early expeditions like the stories about Scott and Amundsen, but also the stories from Adrien de Gerlache, a Belgian polar explorer who had to stay in Antarctica during the whole winter because his ship, the Belgica, got stuck in the Ice. Those stories make me wonder how it would be like to see this frozen land with my own eyes. Also the global warming concerns me, I really want to show the next generation of students and outdoor enthousiasts why it is important to care about the environment. How can I do this better than when I've seen and photographed a virgin place like the Antartic and I can tell them stories about the expedition.

“"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"”

Bart's favorite polar animal

Humpback Whale – Humpback Whales belong to the family of baleen wheels, which have a series of curtain-like filters in their mouths instead of teeth.


1st prize

A 30-day cruise ticket for Oceanwide Expeditions most spectacular expedition in Antarctica: Spectacular Ross Sea (with helicopters)!

15 Feb - 17 Mar, 2017
30 nights
m/v Ortelius
Crossing the Date Line

About Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions is one of the pioneers in ship-based exploratory voyages in the Arctic and Antarctica. We operate our cruises with small ice-strengthened vessels, ideal for exploration in these remote regions. While cruising in the Polar regions we are sure that you will become increasingly fascinated by these unique wildernesses, places of drama, wildlife, history and true emotion.