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A Travel Pro’s Take on the Arctic Cruise Experience: Interview with Mariola Burejko

We’ve heard what it’s like to cruise the polar regions from the perspective of the passengers, the guides, the captains. But what about the professionals...

Eissturmvögel im Kongsfjord

Heute, am ersten Tag unserer Spitzbergen-Umrundung, standen mein Bruder und ich bereits um halb sieben auf, denn schließlich wollten wir die...

A Few Fun Animal Facts about the “Tooth-Walking Sea Horse” (Aka the Walrus)

The walrus is a marine animal with large flippers, whiskers, and of course, tusks. A circumpolar Arctic and sub-Arctic creature, it includes...

22 Enchanting Arctic Birds and their Most Fascinating Facts

Arctic wildlife exists in a category unto itself, and for good reason. Polar bears are one of the most awe-inspiring animals on Earth, Arctic...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Hope for the Future, Plan for the Fallout: Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Literature, cinema, even video games have given us no meager supply of global disaster scenarios, be they in the form of annihilating wars, pulverizing...

A Bug’s Life in Svalbard

When you think about Svalbard wildlife, you might imagine reindeer, Arctic foxes, polar bears – the primary animal attractions that draw passengers...

Remembrance of Expeditions Past

Today I sit in the sun, thinking back on the years I spent with my Oceanwide family since my retirement in 1997. My first trips were on a little...

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...

PLA13-17, logbuch, Spitzbergen Umrundung

Nach dieser Stärkung ging es endlich das erste Mal ins Zodiac und an Land: Ny Ålesund war das Ziel. Vor über 100 Jahren wurde diese Siedlung...

OTL12-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

This morning the weather was moody and atmospheric, a true testament to arctic summer with low lying fog and mist. We were woken early with news...

PLA11-17, logbuch, Spitzbergen Umrundung

Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück erklärten uns Katja und Phillip die richtigen Verhaltensweisen bei Landungen im Eisbärgebiet, zusammen mit den...

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