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Extreme Living: Antarctic Hydrothermal Vents

03.09.2015 by Caitlyn Bishop Blog

Hydrothermal vents occur around geologically active areas on the ocean’s floor, and are a result of magma seeping up out of the mantle of the...

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Polar Bear encounter in Spitsbergen

01.09.2015 by Rinie van Meurs Blog

A mother and two cubs move closer to the ship. The ice a bit thin and rotten around her with many holes and leads visible, yet, she seems to...

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Menageries of Small Mammals Exist in Antarctica and the Arctic

13.08.2015 by Holly Chavez Blog

There may not be any naturally occurring land mammals living in Antarctica right now, but this does not mean that the icy area was always like...

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11 Species of Seals You May Encounter On Your Antarctic/Arctic Cruises

13.08.2015 by Holly Chavez Blog

There are 18 species in the family of True Seals (Phocidae) currently alive throughout the world, and a total of 10 of them can be found between...

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Wandering in Fields of Ice – Around Svalbard

12.08.2015 by Erin McFadden Blog

To see a healthy and strong polar bear in its natural habitat is a delight. The power of this bear was perceivable from our vantage point on...

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The Crabeater Seals of Antarctica

12.08.2015 by Caitlyn Bishop Blog

As many as 75 million individual Crabeater seals live in Antarctica, making them the most abundant seal in the world!

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Whales are Abundant in the Jan Mayen Area

12.08.2015 by Holly Chavez Blog

On most trips, people will spot Minke whales, Fin whales and sometimes Killer whales, and there is also a good chance that a Blue whale or two...

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Visiting Scott’s Terra Nova Hut - Cape Evans

11.08.2015 by Dale Jacobsen Customer story

I have read just about every account ever written on Scott’s Antarctic expeditions. Some hail him as a great hero; some claim he was an autocratic...

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Polar Bear Sets Impressive New Diving Record

10.08.2015 by Holly Chavez Blog

Polar bears are known to dive underwater for short periods of time in order to hunt seals and other food sources, but one of these creatures...

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The Seabirds of Fair Isle: a Birder’s Dream Come True

05.08.2015 by Holly Chavez Blog

Fair Isle is located between Shetland and Orkney, and it has become a prime destination for birders who are willing to travel to far away areas...

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Deep Sea Dwellers: 10 Facts about The Antarctic Giant Isopod

04.08.2015 by Caitlyn Bishop Blog

Two thousand feet below the surface of the Southern Ocean, in the benthic zone, dwells an ancient-looking creature with four antennae, two pairs...

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The Plants of Antarctica

30.07.2015 by Caitlyn Bishop Blog

It seems an almost impossible feat for a plant to survive in Antarctica. Despite the odds, there are still plants that have evolved specifically...

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A Ross Sea Odyssey

29.07.2015 by Dale Jacobsen Customer story

In 2013 I took part in a trip of a lifetime. Led by Australian mountaineer, Greg Mortimer, this expedition took in the Antarctic Peninsula, Bellingshausen...

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Experience King Penguins, Seals and More in South Georgia

28.07.2015 by Holly Chavez Blog

The British territory of South Georgia is most closely located to the Falkland Islands. This area is home to a diverse list of wildlife, and...

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OTL14-15 Trip log | Arctic Academy

31.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Vandaag hebben we een fantastische dag gehad met schitterend weer, waardoor we heel veel hebben kunnen doen. We zijn aan land gegaan bij Kapp...

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PLA13-15 Trip log | Around Spitsbergen

28.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

After lunch we cruised past the magnificent glaciers of Kongsfjorden on our way to Blomstrandhalvøya. Hikes were taken around the abandoned marble...

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OTL13-15 Trip Log | Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya

20.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Our first night on board was a quiet one and many of us were up and about long before Jim’s wake-up call at 7:15. The sun that had been shining...

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OTL12-15 Trip log | Around Spitsbergen

11.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Our first night on board was a quiet one and many of us were up and about a long time before Jim’s wake-up call at 7:15. The sun that had been...

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PLA11-15 Trip log | Rund um Spitzbergen

10.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Nach einem gemütlichen Frühstück bei strahlendem Sonnenschein und der herrlichen Kulisse des Kongsfjorden lauschten wir den obligatorischen Einweisungen...

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PLA32-15 & PLA33-15 Trip Log | Atlantic Odyssey, Ushuaia - Ascension - Cape Verde

06.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

We were greeted in the warm sunshine by members of our expedition staff who sorted our luggage and sent us on board to meet our Hotel and Restaurant...

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OTL25-15 Trip log | To the Ross Sea and beyond

06.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Soon, our fearless expedition leader Don called us into the lecture hall on deck 3 for the usual, compulsory procedures of safety briefing, lifeboat...

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OTL26-15 Trip log | To the Ross Sea and beyond

06.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

We are heading south. The weather so far is excellent – the wind behind us and moderate swells. The Ortelius turns out to be a fairly stable...

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OTL27-15 Trip log | A voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula

06.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

With all the mandatory business concluded, we cast off from the quay at 1823, and watched Ushuaia slip away from us in the evening sunlight as...

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OTL11-15 Trip Log | Spitzbergen Rundfahrt

03.08.2015 by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Ausgestattet mit dem nötigen Handwerkszeug stand unserem Abenteuer nun nichts mehr im Wege! Wir liefen aus Longyearbyen aus, um zunächst den...

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