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The bio-richness of the Ross Sea

The Ross Sea is one of the most beautiful and pristine marine regions in the world. The sea – which is frozen solid for much of the year – covers...

Spitsbergen: A true Polar Bear Special

On the third day of our Polar Bear Special we had been cruising the sea ice north of Spitsbergen. It was an incredible day in the ice, calm and...

A year in the life of an Oceanwide Expedition Guide

When I was growing up, I’m sure the idea of becoming a guide and travelling around the world didn’t even cross my mind. It’s not the most common...

Walrus: The Tooth Walking Sea Horses in Svalbard

Walrus have been a protected species in Svalbard since 1952. For a very simple reason: They were hunted so extensively and intensively during...

In Polar Travel, choice of clothing can mean life or death

With temperatures like this, it is vital to be prepared. In fact, it is life threatening if you aren’t. My first impulse, when planning my journey...

12 Photo tips to make better pictures on your Antarctica cruise

In this article you get 12 photo tips from Oceanwide Expeditions to make better pictures on your trip.

Ski mountaineering: a new activity onboard m/v Ortelius in Antarctica

07.09.2015. Ski mountaineers climb high snow-covered and glaciated peaks and viewpoints, mostly roped up in small groups. It’s a thrilling experienced for...

Oceanwide Expeditions Cleans Shores of Svalbard

07.09.2015. Oceanwide Expeditions completed the first “Cleaning the Shores of Svalbard” trip of the Svalbard cruise industry.

Polar Bear encounter in Spitsbergen

A mother and two cubs move closer to the ship. The ice a bit thin and rotten around her with many holes and leads visible, yet, she seems to...

Menageries of Small Mammals Exist in Antarctica and the Arctic

There may not be any naturally occurring land mammals living in Antarctica right now, but this does not mean that the icy area was always like...

11 Seals You May See in Antarctica or the Arctic

There are 18 species in the family of True Seals (Phocidae) currently alive throughout the world, and a total of 10 of them can be found between...

Wandering in Fields of Ice – Around Svalbard

To see a healthy and strong polar bear in its natural habitat is a delight. The power of this bear was perceivable from our vantage point on...

Six Facts About the Crabeater Seals of Antarctica

As many as 75 million individual crabeater seals live in Antarctica, making them the most abundant seal in the world.

Whales are Abundant in the Jan Mayen Area

On most trips, people will spot Minke whales, Fin whales and sometimes Killer whales, and there is also a good chance that a Blue whale or two...

Visiting Scott’s Terra Nova Hut - Cape Evans

I have read just about every account ever written on Scott’s Antarctic expeditions. Some hail him as a great hero; some claim he was an autocratic...

Polar Bear Sets Impressive New Diving Record

Polar bears are known to dive underwater for short periods of time in order to hunt seals and other food sources, but one of these creatures...

The Seabirds of Fair Isle: a Birder’s Dream Come True

Fair Isle is located between Shetland and Orkney, and it has become a prime destination for birders who are willing to travel to far away areas...

Deep Sea Dwellers: 10 Facts about The Antarctic Giant Isopod

Two thousand feet below the surface of the Southern Ocean, in the benthic zone, dwells an ancient-looking creature with four antennae, two pairs...

The Plants of Antarctica

It seems an almost impossible feat for a plant to survive in Antarctica. Despite the odds, there are still plants that have evolved specifically...

A Ross Sea Odyssey

In 2013 I took part in a trip of a lifetime. Led by Australian mountaineer, Greg Mortimer, this expedition took in the Antarctic Peninsula, Bellingshausen...

Experience King Penguins, Seals and More in South Georgia

The British territory of South Georgia is most closely located to the Falkland Islands. This area is home to a diverse list of wildlife, and...

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