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Under the Northern Lights of Greenland

Driving towards the port in Akureyri, I recognized Plancius from miles away. This was the ship that once took me to the end of the Earth, the...

Polar Bear Primer: 8 Defining Facts about the Arctic Wanderer

Polar bears are found throughout the Arctic region in 19 subpopulations, including Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. In these areas,...

10 Conversation-Starting Svalbard Facts

Being an iced-over, snow-heaped, bear-packed island at the edge of the world has its advantages: For one, you’re at least unusual enough to warrant...

10 Tried-and-True Bird Photography Tips

It’s easy to understand the human fascination with birds: They’re beautiful, graceful (usually), and physiologically equipped to take flight...

10 Weather-Fueled Facts about Antarctica

Most of us have at least a vague notion of what makes the North and South Poles so brutally, bone-chillingly cold: They receive less sunlight...

In Search of the Northwest Passage

In the first half of the 19th century, Napoleonic War veteran and British Second Secretary to the Admiralty, Sir John Barrow, envisioned what...

Taking Chances: A New Lesson from the Arctic

Some days just don’t get off to a good start. Today was one of them. Our vessel, m/v Plancius, had spent the night sailing toward Phippsøya,...

10 Bountiful Blue Whale Facts

“Whale” is the common name for a variety of marine mammals. The Latin word cetus gives the species its scientific title, Cetacea. Whales come...

A Guide’s Guide: Trekking the Tundra with Expedition Leader Michael Ginzburg

For adventure lovers, a common reaction to meeting polar expedition guides is that they have the coolest job on the planet. They spend much of...

Puffins: The Clown Birds of the Atlantic

Puffins belong to a family of 22 species of seabirds called Auks, pigeon-sized birds that live on a diet of small fish and crustaceans. Puffins...

Portraits of a People: The Faces from the Scoresby Sund Exhibition

Greenland is 80% covered in ice, gets scarcely over 10°C (50°F) even at the height of summer, and is one of the least densely populated landmasses...

20 Resounding Reasons to Travel to the Falkland Islands

You’ve visited the colossal penguin colonies of South Georgia, sailed among the plunging seals of the Antarctic Peninsula, watched whales in...

10 Popular Bird Watching Binoculars

Binoculars are so common a companion of outdoor enthusiasts that many pack them with hardly a second thought. They’re tossed into a backpack...

10 Illuminating Facts about the Northern Lights

According to Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. The word “borealis,” however, is Greek for “wind.” The combined phrase “aurora...

Oceanwide Finalist in Adventure in Motion Film Contest

The new corporate commercial for Oceanwide Expeditions, “Walk into the Waking Dream,” has just been nominated as a finalist in the Adventure...

PLA17-17, trip log, Scoresby Sund, Aurora borealis

Most of us were already awake when we heard Katja’s wake up call. We had been rolling and pitching during the whole night but luckily our floating...

PLA16-17, trip log, Scoresbysund – Aurora Borealis

Last night, some auroras lightened the sky until very early morning so some of us did not have a long sleep, especially those who got up before...

PLA15-17, trip log, Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland

While we approached our intended landing site in order to scout conditions there, we attended the mandatory briefings on zodiac operations and...

OTL14-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

The excitement of the day began really early for three passengers who stayed up on the foredeck in excel-lent weather until 2.30am… they were...

OTL13-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

We split into four groups and set off in different directions in search of wildlife and wild flowers. We were not disappointed! Whilst on land...

PLA14-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen & Kvitøya

As soon as we got off the ship we were welcomed by a juvenile arctic fox wearing its summer fur, it was a wonderful start. We walked around the...

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