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The disastrous expedition in the Arctic west

by Robert C. Brears Blog

In 1902, Otto Sverdrup, captain of the Fram on Nansen’s expedition, led his own expedition to the Arctic north of Canada. Over the period of...

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The polar bear: king of the Arctic food chain

by Robert C. Brears Blog

The polar bear is the world’s largest species of bear and the largest land predator. There is a large difference in size between male and female...

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Environmentally-Minded Tourists Cleaning Beaches in Northwest Spitsbergen

by Oceanwide Expeditions News

Tourists of the “Eco Volunteer, North Spitsbergen” trip organized by Oceanwide Expeditions have been cleaning the beaches of Northwest Spitsbergen....

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5 Misconceptions You Might Have About Greenland

by Daniel Fox Blog

Greenland isn’t dark the entire year round. It isn’t always bitterly cold either...

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8 Whales You Might See during Your Antarctica Cruise

by Daniel Fox Blog

They’re powerful. They’re beautiful. Some of them are really really big. Whales are a wonder of the natural world. Whale-watching is one of the...

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The mysteries of the beluga whale

by Robert C. Brears Blog

Beluga whales are distributed through the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, from the west coast of Greenland to Svalbard. Male adult...

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5 Birds You Might See on Your Greenland Cruise

by Daniel Fox Blog

A Greenland cruise gives birdwatchers the chance to add some beautiful entries into their collection books. Greenland is host to over 230 different...

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Flowers in Antarctica

by Robert C. Brears Blog

The Polar Regions are one of the most inhospitable environments for plants and animals to live in. In Antarctica life faces difficulties from...

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All things ice in the Antarctic

by Robert C. Brears Blog

The first recorded sighting on an iceberg in Antarctica was on 1 February 1700 when Edmond Halley was on an expedition to measure the Earth’s...

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Ortelius under repairs

by Oceanwide Expeditions News

The vessel Ortelius is currently under repairs in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen due to a problem with the propulsion system.

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A visit to the fascinating island of Jan Mayen

by Iain Rudkin Blog

After exploring the remote island of Fair Isle, our Atlantic Odyssey voyage once more turned its attentions northwards and left the outer extremities...

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The ozone layer in Antarctica

by Robert C. Brears Blog

Scientists have calculated that if the ozone layer was brought down to sea level it would be 3 mm thick, while in the Antarctic the ozone can...

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Graham Land: A landscape dominated by volcanoes

by Robert C. Brears Blog

At the upper tip of the Antarctic Peninsula lies Graham Land, a jagged, glaciated part of Antarctica with a landscape dominated by volcanoes....

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Oceanwide completely refurbished deck 4 aboard Ortelius

by Oceanwide Expeditions News

In 2011, Oceanwide Expeditions acquired the vessel Ortelius. A great expedition ship with the highest ice-class ranking as well as lots of deck...

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The first push for the North Pole

by Robert C. Brears Blog

The first to sail north with the specific intention of reaching the North Pole was the Englishman Constantine Phipps who in 1773 sailed the Racehorse...

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100 Bowhead Whales near Qeqertarsuaq, West Greenland

by Christian Engelke Blog

Today – May14, 2016 - we were sailing with the Rembrandt van Rijn towards Qeqertarsuaq; certainly in the hope of seeing a couple of whales. We...

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OTL07-16, trip log | North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Our overnight passage was a little bit choppy and we awoke to rain and low cloud. However, by mid morning the cloud began to clear and we soon...

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PLA07-16, Trip log | Polar Bear Special

by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

I think most of us were still at desert after a perfect diner when the Polar Bear was found. A big one, on a kill just at the ice edge. Again...

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PLA06-16, Trip log | Polar Bear Special

by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

Towards the end of dinner we heard an announcement saying there was a large whale breaching in front of the ship! We all dressed up and gathered...

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PLA05-16, Trip log | Polar Bear Special

by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

The first morning on the ship, the first seven O’clock wakeup call from Andrew. After breakfast we had in the lounge the mandatory AECO briefing....

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OTL04-16, Trip log, North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

by Mellany van der Hulst Triplog

After an uneventful overnight voyage from Woodfjorden and an excellent cruise around the Andøyanen (Duck Islands), Ortelius entered the 100km...

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