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8 Scientific Wonders of the Arctic

The Arctic’s frozen landscape not only contains scenic gems, it also prompts fascinating advances in research. Here are some of the eight best.

Tracking Greenland’s Wildlife from Space

Despite Greenland’s harsh environment, life has found a way to thrive there. If you’re lucky enough to embark on a Greenland cruise, you stand...

The Ice-Jewelled Geology of Spitsbergen

The Svalbard archipelago is found in the Arctic Ocean, approximately 660 km (410 miles) north of the northernmost tip of Norway. It is a geologist’s...

Saying Hello to Hondius: Two Former Passengers Visit our Future Polar Vessel

It’s hard not to be flattered when our former passengers speak highly of our voyages, vessels, and staff. But it’s altogether impossible when...

Did You Know This About Svalbard?

Svalbard is a rugged cluster of Arctic islands located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. It is an area of untouched beauty, a unique...

The Art of the Arctic: Interview with Visual Artist Udo Prinsen

Most of us lucky enough to visit the Arctic recognize instantly how picturesque it is, far more so than even the most expert photograph can convey....

Bring out the Bowheads: Oceanwide Guides Make the Biggest Whale Count in Years

Researchers aboard Oceanwide Expeditions vessel m/v Plancius spotted between 104—114 bowhead whales during a June 1st cruise along the east Greenland...

A Diving Dream Fulfilled: Mark Hatter’s Antarctic Underwater Adventure

Last January, Mark Hatter accomplished a dream he’d been training two years to fulfill. Booking his berth aboard our m/v Ortelius and making...

A Closer Look at Four of Antarctica’s Most Popular Penguins

Penguins are one of the most common birds in the Antarctic, with colonies larger than some cities. On your Antarctica cruise, some of the main...

A Course in Polar Perfectionism: Interview with Captain Evgeny Levakov

Turning our attention to the control room, we steal a few informative (and highly entertaining) moments with one of our most seasoned polar captains,...

Humpback Whales: the Stars of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

The marine ecosystem of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) extends from the Bellingshausen Sea to the northern tip of the peninsula. The WAP...

A New Flag for a Veteran Vessel, Ortelius

The quiet seaside town of Vlissingen, located in the far southwestern corner of the Netherlands, has been the home port and headquarters of Oceanwide...

How Arctic Wildlife Differs from Antarctic

While there are definite similarities between the north and south poles, at the same time, the two regions are vastly different. Though both...

Steel, Sweat, and Fire: the Forging of Hondius at Brodosplit Shipyard

In a mid-sized city on the rocky Croatian coast, not quite midway between the northern border of Montenegro and the southern shoreline of Slovenia,...

Amazing Greenland

If you ever get the chance to take a trip to Greenland, you will be amazed by its coastlines, fjords, ice-covered peaks, and great expanse of...

The Oceanwide Edge: Promoting the World's Leading Polar Cruise Ship at the World's Largest...

Every industry has its iconic, center-of-the-universe events. Film has its Sundance and Cannes, music its Summerfest, Glastonbury, and Austin...

Polar Marine Visitors: the Whales of Antarctica and the Arctic

Whales are the world’s largest mammals, found in the Arctic and Antarctica. This article covers some of the major species you may see on voyages...

Arctic Foxes: the Constant Gardeners of the Arctic

The Arctic fox is a circumpolar species found across the Arctic, extending from Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard across Eurasia to North America....

The Ancient Fossil Forests of Antarctica

Over a hundred years ago, Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to Antarctica discovered fossils of plants on the Beardmore Glacier, less than 500...

The Charmed Life of a Polar Cruise Pour Master: Interview with Rolando Garcia

Nobody goes to the polar regions for the drinks alone, at least that wouldn’t be our first recommendation. Still, that doesn’t mean you want...

Retracing the Steps of Antarctica’s Early Explorers

For a long time in human history, there was a belief that a large continent must lie at the southern end of the Earth to provide balance to the...

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