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Hot Ice: Breeding Practices of Five Polar Animals

Last Valentine's Day we gave you 14 wildlife pictures highlighting the ins, outs, ups, and downs of polar romance. This year we're moving on...

Ancient Arctic Exploration

In terms of polar exploration, the Arctic has a far more extensive history of exploration than Antarctica.

Rembrandt van Rijn: 20 Facts about Our First Vessel

There’s a special place in the heart of most parents for their first child, and you could say we feel something similar for s/v Rembrandt van...

Penguin Wisdom: Life Lessons from Our Favorite Flightless Bird

As members of a polar travel company that focuses on wildlife, we believe every species has something important to teach us - from the largest...

10 Wise Ways to Kill Time in Tromsø

The town is more than worth a visit on its own merit, filled with enough exciting activities inside and out to justify arriving several days...

The Pack Ice and Polar Bears of North Spitsbergen

We’ve mentioned before that the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is one of the best places to spot polar bears. We’ve also mentioned that the area’s...

The Man Behind the Ship: Hondius the Cartographer

We at Oceanwide Expeditions are pretty fond of exploration, explorers, maps, and mapmakers. Maybe you’ve noticed.

2019 Highlights: 41 Photos from a Prime Polar Year

If you overhear someone say, "It's been a good year," they're probably a farmer or financier or maybe even a wine producer. But we think polar...

Seizing the Season: Spitsbergen’s Late Spring, Early Summer

Most Arctic expedition cruises fall into two camps: those that sail during the autumn and winter and focus primarily on the northern lights,...

Antarctica by Air: Two Highly Uplifting Helicopter Cruises

Taking a polar expedition cruise delivers no shortage of show-stopping highlights, but one of the most exhilarating is lifting off from the ship...

How St. Nick Became Santa Claus and Moved to the North Pole

In the Netherlands, where we’re based, Sinterklaas is technically a celebration of the St. Nicholas feast day on December 6, while Christmas,...

PLA28-20, trip log, Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

The hike continued along a small path around the bay where we discovered even more species of birds. And when we finally arrived at the settlement,...

HDS27a-20, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

After a delicious breakfast from our galley team, we gathered in the lounge to hear Mieke tell us about the different species of Penguin that...

PLA27-20, trip log, Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetlands Islands

In the afternoon we landed at Danco Island just like this morning a beautiful place again with many penguin and Skua looking to take advantage...

PLA26-20, trip log, Antarctic Basecamp

In preparation for Antarctica we filed into the lounge to learn about environmental awareness and correct behavior in Antarctica - no food ashore,...

HDS26-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

At lunch, we saw the Shetland Islands slowly approaching in the distance and by 2 pm we were deep in Nelson’s Straight en route to Robert Island....

OTL25-20, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula

After enjoying the buffet breakfast, many of us wrapped up warm and went outside to watch the seabirds – which are in their element. Specifically...

PLA25-19, trip log, Antarctic Basecamp

We spent days dreaming about our voyage to come, hours shopping, reading, preparing logistics, excitedly chatting with family, friends, colleagues...

HDS25-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

After a good breakfast, we all gathered in the lounge to attend our first day of lectures to prepare us for what we would see in the forthcoming...

HDS24-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

At Recap John used maps to tell us how human knowledge of the unknown lands of the south had unfolded, Vide reviewed the whales we had seen so...

OTL24-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

It was late afternoon on a sunny and beautiful day in Ushuaia. The first passengers to arrive to Ortelius at 4pm were and all the expedition...

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