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PLA06-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

As we were reaching the Western end of the fjord and finishing dinner, Michael cleared the dining room by announcing "Blue whale!" We all rushed...

OTL06-17, trip log, Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Special

Meanwhile, Ortelius made her way through Isfjorden towards the open sea. After dinner, our Expe-dition Leader Rinie told us that there was a...

PLA05-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

After a nice, calm night cruising southwards, we had not counted on being woken up before the scheduled wake-up call, but we were, and with a...

OTL05-17, logbuch, Nord-Spitzbergen Eisbär Spezial

Allmählich kamen wir in Expeditionsstimmung! Unterdessen hatte sich die Ortelius der Nordwest-ecke Spitzbergens genähert, und der Kapitän steuerte...

OTL04-17, trip log, Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Special

Back on the ship we cruised between some islands before the captain turned the ship north. After dinner the ship’s horn was suddenly blown: we...

OTL03-17, trip log, North Atlantic Odyssey

We were approaching Fair Isle well before breakfast time, in a fairly settled sea, with slightly over-cast conditions. However, what little...

PLA32-17 + PLA33-17, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey

Chris gave a presentation on South Georgia whaling but during his second slide a call came through about approaching Humpback whales. The presentation...

OTL29-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - to the Polar Circle and back

This morning we woke up before 7 am to be ready to go through the scenic Lemaire Channel. The weather, however, was against us. It was foggy,...

OTL28-17, trip log, Ross Sea

We had arrived in the Cape Adare area by 5am and as a result enjoyed a restful few hours in the early morning. The grandson of Nikolai Hanson...

PLA31-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

Today we awoke in Antarctica proper surrounded by majestic mountains and small icebergs floating near shore as we sailed South in the Gerlache...

PLA30-17, trip log, Basecamp Antarctica

The visibility improved during the afternoon and we spotted a mountain between two clouds: LAND. It was Smith Island, with a mountain spine of...

PLA29-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Orkney Islands – Antarctic...

After lunch and a short cruise, we reached Saunders Island. One 4x4 vehicle driven by the welcoming party was parked on the edge of the gently...

PLA28-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

When we had finished our lunch, we came by reception where our hotel team had set up the ship shop for us, where we could be souvenirs for the...

OTL27-17 trip log, Ross Sea

Streams of meltwater from snow threaded their way across the pebbles. Bright red and yellow chunks of rock lay dispersed over the black volcanic...

PLA27-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula

The early morning saw Plancius cruising through a glittering, wind ruffled sea toward West Point Island, the most north-westerly point of the...

PLA26-17, trip log | Antarctic Peninsula

It was about the time when, on the horizon our first iceberg appeared. Antarctica is getting close! Nacho, then, gathered the brave candidates...

PLA25-16, trip log, Basecamp Antarctica

We made our first landing at Cuverville Island, where we were all greeted by Gentoo penguins. They seemed to be rather curious about us and wanted...

OTL25-17, trip log, Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to a wonderful Southern Ocean morning. Sunshine was streaming onto the upper decks, birds were circling and a moderate sea gently rolling...

PLA24-16, trip log | Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp Plancius

Already early this morning we were surrounded by the hills of the Antarctic Peninsula. Humpback whales were blowing around the vessel, arching...

PLA23-16, trip log, Falklands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Guides distributed themselves to supervise the various areas. King penguin colony, albatross nesting site, Rock-hopper nesting site, mixed species...

OTL24-16, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

We hadn’t finished breakfast before our next surprise: Humpback whales in front of the ship! They were very active with tail slaps, pectorial...

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