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The Ultimate Diving Experience Awaits in Antarctica

If diving is something that you love, then you are probably constantly looking for new experiences that can take your hobby to the next level....

Spitsbergen: Alkefjellet magic

Alkefjellet may not be Spitsbergen’s biggest bird cliff, but it is certainly among the most spectacular ones.

Bouvet Island: The Most Remote Island in the World

On January 1, 1739, an amazing discovery was made by French Commander Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier: a volcanic island so remote that...

Going Green in Antarctica

Antarctica truly is the world’s last wild, untouched land. Aside from the international research stations that dot the continent, Antarctica...

“The polar bear will still be there”

The bear will still be there… it sounds like a poem. But it was not? Later that day a guest asked me if the Polar Bear would still be there because...

Large and in Charge: Antarctica’s Southern Elephant Seals

Southern elephant seals are the largest species of seal on the planet and a highlight among Antarctica cruise wildlife.

Going Green: Ascension Island Sea Turtles

Wildlife lovers are united by a common Ascension Island aspiration: See its world-famous green sea turtles.

Fierce and Feathered: the Skuas of Antarctica

At first glance, the skuas you encounter in Antarctica may appear to be merely darker-feathered seagulls. But looks can be deceiving.

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...

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