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The Evolving Shipboard Eco-traveler

Bored with the common place, usual hum-drum of daily life? Shopping for another reality? Well, look no further! Most of us live and play on terra...

After dinner Walruses

It seems luck was with us when Ortelius arrived at Ardneset on the south west tip of Wahlbergøya! An announcement by expedition leader Rinie...

Captain Ernesto Barria Vargas rewarded

29.06.2015. On Friday June the 26th, Captain Ernesto Barria Vargas, long time captain with Oceanwide Expeditions has been rewarded with a honorary reward.

Danger Beneath the Water: 10 Facts About Leopard Seals

If your sense of adventure takes you on an Antarctic cruise, you may be lucky enough to cross paths with a leopard seal. They’re amazing creatures...

The Giant Petrels of King George Island

With piercing grey eyes and a sharp tube-nosed beak, the giant petrel of King George Island is an impressive sight to behold.

Eight Interesting Facts About Reindeer

When most people think of reindeer, their thoughts instantly turn to Christmas and visions of these thick-furred creatures pulling a sleigh across...

Not Eskimos: 10 Enlightening Facts About the Inuit

If you are going to participate in a cruise through the Antarctic or Arctic regions, you probably have an interest in the Inuit culture. To help...

Polar bear feast

The bear had already started to strip off the seal skin, and began to eat the blubber: very rich in calories. A bearded seal can weigh up until...

A day in the life: Plancius surrounded by Bowhead Whales

This was just the beginning; it soon became clear that we had stumbled onto something very special as blows, backs and tails flukes were scattered...

Exceptional sighting of 80+ Bowhead Whales

29.06.2015. On the North Atlantic Odyssey passengers on s/v Plancius counted 80 – 100 Bowhead Whales

Navigating by touch through the sea ice

“Speed?” questions the Officer of the Watch, not taking his eyes off the random pattern of floes and leads ahead. “3.6 knots” replies the helmsman....

Greenland: Where the Kayak Was Invented

The Inuit began using kayaks thousands of years ago for hunting, but the exact timeframe that these miniature boats come from is unknown. What...

Birding Opportunities Abound in Spitsbergen

Seabirds are by the most common type of bird in Spitsbergen. Experts have estimated that there are 164 bird species that have been found throughout...

Ortelius, why are we going in circles?

It seemed as if the ship was not completely certain in which direction to travel, her nose testing the wind. To a certain extent that was the...

Penguin Poop can Melt Ice for Nurseries

Although penguins are used to their environment, it is still necessary to take precautions to safeguard their breeding habits. Therefore, these...

Meet Will Gilbertson, one of Oceanwide Expeditions’ field experts

Meet some of our ‘experts’, qualified expedition leaders and guides. Our friendly expedition staff, most of whom have been with the company for...

Will Woolly Mammoths Once Again Roam the Arctic?

Imagine for a moment that you are on an arctic expedition and spot a woolly mammoth on land. This is something that has not been possible anywhere...

Oceanwide at the Long Beach Scuba Show

22.05.2015. Enjoy the seminars given by our Dive Master, Henrik Enckell. We will also discuss the special wildlife we encounters.

Life in a Penguin Colony: Part Two

After observing the penguins’ mating and chick-rearing behaviors for several weeks, it’s time to solve another crucial piece of the penguin puzzle:...

Life in a Penguin Colony: Part One

Establishing a mate is the top priority for breeding penguins. Male penguins arrive to shore before females, and are thus left with the tedious...

Arctic and Antarctic Basecamp Cruises – Choose Your Own Adventure

There’s such an astonishing variety of activities to choose from when planning an Arctic trip or Antarctic cruise that it might become a bit...

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