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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....

Kayaking In Greenland

The kayak is a quick, agile boat, invented by the Inuit, the native people of Greenland. For centuries, perhaps thousands of years these skilled...

Oceanwide Expeditions presents new corporate identity

Since 1996, Oceanwide Expeditions has been taking passengers deep into the Arctic and Antarctica on voyages that focus on wildlife, nature and...

What does the Arctic fox say?

The Arctic fox is a small carnivore, around half the size of a red fox, with a small and compact body, covered with thick fur. The Arctic fox...

The first winter over in Antarctica

In 1899, Carsten Borchgrevink and his nine selected men became the first to winter-over in Antarctica. The 10 men were to spend the dark winter...

What to pack for your Atlantic Odyssey voyage?

When packing, don’t weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical clothing for your trip that can be...

Harp seals harping on in Greenland

Harp seals are moderately sized species, averaging 1.6 metres in length and weigh around 130 kilograms. Both the males and females are of similar...

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...

PLA28-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

When we had finished our lunch, we came by reception where our hotel team had set up the ship shop for us, where we could be souvenirs for the...

OTL27-17 trip log, Ross Sea

Streams of meltwater from snow threaded their way across the pebbles. Bright red and yellow chunks of rock lay dispersed over the black volcanic...

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