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The Secret Life of Glaciers: How They Form, Move, and Melt

One of the greatest natural sights you’ll ever see on an Arctic or Antarctic adventure is glaciers. These gigantic bodies of ice have been slowly...

A New App for a New Antarctica

The first of December marked Antarctica Day, the celebration of the 1959 signing of the Antarctic Treaty. What better occasion, then, to launch...

Orca Whales: the Killer Shockwave Hunters of the High Seas

The orca, or killer whale as it is commonly known, is the top marine predator and possibly the most widespread vertebrate on Earth. It is found...

Adélie Penguins: the Little People of the Antarctic

Described as “an object of endless pleasure and amusement” by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, survivor of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition...

A Rare Glimpse of Imperial Antarctica: the Snow Hill Emperor Penguins

Oceanwide Expeditions recently achieved a rare feat, visiting Antarctica’s northernmost emperor penguin colony on Snow Hill Island. Typically...

Antarctica Cities (and 5 Other Things that Don’t Exist on Earth's Coldest Continent)

You might wonder why we’d bother writing about all the things you won’t see in Antarctica,. After all, most articles meant to talk up the virtues...

A Synergy of Science and Tourism: How Oceanwide and KNMI Are Cooperating to Study the...

Since 2012, KNMI (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut – Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) and Oceanwide Expeditions have...

Chosen by the Sea: An Interview with Captain Ernesto Barria

Ortelius sits drydocked in a cavernous basin of brick and steel, lost in scaffolding like a sidelong building undergoing renovation. Men in dark...

7 Facts about Antarctica’s Best-Dressed Bird: the Penguin

There are 17 species of penguin, some of which are found as far north as the equator. Of these 17 species, just six are found in Antarctica:...

3 Antarctica Cruise Deals: Realize a Dream without Ravaging Your Wallet

For many travelers, Antarctica epitomizes the polar regions. But while embarking on an Antarctica cruise can be a life-changing experience, it...

Light in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The midnight sun, also known as the polar day, is a natural phenomenon seen within the Arctic and Antarctic circles. During the polar summer,...

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...

The Doctor Is In: Interview with Polar Expedition Doctor Lauke Bisschops

Forget choosing between sprawling city hospitals and small boutique clinics, subways compared to streets, ambulances versus Uber versus your...

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...

10 Weather-Fueled Facts about Antarctica

Most of us have at least a vague notion of what makes the North and South Poles so brutally, bone-chillingly cold: They receive less sunlight...

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...

10 Bountiful Blue Whale Facts

“Whale” is the common name for a variety of marine mammals. The Latin word cetus gives the species its scientific title, Cetacea. Whales come...

A Guide’s Guide: Trekking the Tundra with Expedition Leader Michael Ginzburg

For adventure lovers, a common reaction to meeting polar expedition guides is that they have the coolest job on the planet. They spend much of...

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