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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...

The Plentiful Polar Research Stations of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic

Numerous research stations operate throughout the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, engaged in all manner of scientific inquiry. This article will...

The Birth of Hondius: A Story in Pictures

As of the summer of 2019, our new polar vessel, m/v Hondius, will be cruising the crystalline waters of the polar regions, delivering dozens...

Top 10 Polar Research Stories of 2017

Before the first month of the new year becomes a thing of distant memory, and with it everything that happened the year before, let’s take a...

Secrets of the Snowy Owl: Habitat, Adaptations, and Other Facts

The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus), also known as the great white owl or Arctic owl, is one of the most distinctive bird species on the planet....

Narwhals: the Aquatic Unicorns of the Arctic

The narwhal is an Arctic-based whale that spends most of its life in the waters off Greenland, Svalbard, Russia, and Canada. Some estimates put...

A Travel Pro’s Take on the Arctic Cruise Experience: Interview with Mariola Burejko

We’ve heard what it’s like to cruise the polar regions from the perspective of the passengers, the guides, the captains. But what about the professionals...

The Ways and Wildlife of the Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea is located off the coast of Antarctica, at the very south of the Atlantic. Its geographical location is 75 degrees south and...

Visiting the Nearly Unknown: New Zealand’s Campbell Island

New Zealand is a popular destination the world over, and for good reason: It’s absolutely amazing. Almost every corner is packed with unrivaled...

Speed, Habitat, and Other Rapid-Fire Facts about Earth’s Fastest Animal: the Peregrine...

Peregrine falcons, as their English name indicates, belong to the family Falconidae and are large raptors, or birds of prey. They are roughly...

A Brief History of Antarctica in Maps

Long before human eyes ever beheld Antarctica, the ancients were convinced it existed – or at least something like it. Ptolemy, a Greco-Roman...

The Wildlife of Antarctica’s Seas and Skies

Antarctica is one of the most pristine environments on Earth, home to whales, penguins, seals, and birds, providing nature lovers with a treasure...

8 Ultimate Antarctica Adventures

Antarctica has adventure in its bones. Long before most travelers even reach the continent, they have to cross the Drake Passage, an oft-tumultuous...

At Home in Antarctica: an Interview with Polar Scientist and Guide Katja Riedel

Most of us lucky enough to visit the polar regions seldom visit more than once, and we’re rarely experts. The most enthusiastic may have read...

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...

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