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10 Profound Polar Bear Facts

They’re cute, they’re cuddly, they’ll eat your face off – polar bears are the undisputed kings and queens of the north. As one of the major draws...

The Most Epic Journey In The World: Ross Sea Antarctica

This expedition had everything – jaw dropping landscapes, whales galore, volcanoes, ice, ice and more ice of all kinds, berg, fast, sea, pancake,...

Preparing For Your Antarctica Adventure: Antarctica Packing Tips

Packing for adventures is a personal game. Everyone has their own thing of what works for them, and it constantly evolves as you learn on each...

Oceanwide Expeditions Birding Contest

Our 2017 Antarctic Birding Competition has come to a close with over 150 feather-oriented entries. We’re delighted with the entries we received...

Life migrating through the Polar Front

Since James Cook’s second voyage in 1772-1775 to Antarctica, which saw the first descriptions of Antarctic animals, scientists have progressively...

5 of history’s greatest Polar explorers

Today’s visitors to the Polar regions follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous explorers in history. Here’s a list of 5 great explorers...

An Unforgettable Wreck Diving Adventure in Antarctica

Scuba diving in Antarctica is a unique experience, close encounters with seals and diving around ice bergs. But there is much more. Like the...

Baleen Whales – The Gentle Giants of the Ocean

They are the largest animals on Earth, yet they live off some of the smallest. They can grow to lengths of 30 meters (90 feet), but it is the...

A mishmash of penguins

Not all penguins we see during our cruises are found on the snow-covered landscapes of Antarctica. In fact, numerous penguin species are distributed...

A helicopter flight over Antarctica

Dutch journalist Gemma Venhuizen embarked on the m/v Ortelius during the Weddell Sea cruise ‘In search of the emperor penguins – including helicopters’....

The secrets of Antarctic seals revealed

There live only six species of seals in the Antarctic: Southern Elephant Seals, Antarctic fur seals, crabeater seals, leopard seals, ross seals...

Say hello to Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

Kongsfjorden is a glacial fjord in Svalbard that harbours a mixture of Arctic flora and fauna. It is an open fjord with no sill at its entrance,...

Encounter with the emperor penguin in Antarctica

Dutch journalist Gemma Venhuizen embarked on the MV Ortelius during the Weddell Sea cruise 'In search of the emperor penguins'. She had several...

Scoresby Sund: a Greenland adventure of immense proportions

Would you like to discover a world of towering ice spires, magnificent glaciers and breathtaking fjords? There is such an adventure for you in...

The World Is Changing for the Native Inuit People

You may know them as ‘Eskimos’, but the people of the Arctic are officially called the Inuit. Historically, they were hunters in the truest sense....

PLA32-17 + PLA33-17, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey

Chris gave a presentation on South Georgia whaling but during his second slide a call came through about approaching Humpback whales. The presentation...

OTL29-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - to the Polar Circle and back

This morning we woke up before 7 am to be ready to go through the scenic Lemaire Channel. The weather, however, was against us. It was foggy,...

OTL28-17, trip log, Ross Sea

We had arrived in the Cape Adare area by 5am and as a result enjoyed a restful few hours in the early morning. The grandson of Nikolai Hanson...

PLA31-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

Today we awoke in Antarctica proper surrounded by majestic mountains and small icebergs floating near shore as we sailed South in the Gerlache...

PLA30-17, trip log, Basecamp Antarctica

The visibility improved during the afternoon and we spotted a mountain between two clouds: LAND. It was Smith Island, with a mountain spine of...

PLA29-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Orkney Islands – Antarctic...

After lunch and a short cruise, we reached Saunders Island. One 4x4 vehicle driven by the welcoming party was parked on the edge of the gently...

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