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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...

El mejor viaje de nuestra vida

Estuvimos en Spitsbergen desde 1 al 10 de junio de este año 2.018, navegando en el precioso barco velero Rembrandt. Ha sido una experiencia inolvidable...

The First Float of m/v Hondius

09.07.2018. On the morning of Saturday, June 9, a newly constructed polar expedition cruise vessel slid down the timber-and-steel slipway of a sprawling...

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...

PLA09-18, logbuch, Spitzbergen Umrundung

Nach einer sanft durchgeschaukelten Nacht weckte uns Beaus raue Stimme am gefühlt frühen Morgen. Voller Vorfreude bereiteten wir uns auf unseren...

PLA08-18, logbuch, Spitzbergen Eisbären Spezial

Sah die Landschaft von Ferne noch ganz unwirtlich und vegetationslos aus, so erstaunten uns auf der Wanderung unzählige kleine Pflänzchen, vielfach...

Trip log, PLA07-18, Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special

At 3pm we had a lecture. Michael invited everyone to the lounge and organized a lecture and discussion about sea ice and how important it is....

OTL06-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

During lunch we moved a little deeper into the Smeerenburgfjord towards Smeerenburg on Amsterdamøya. Here we went ashore for several different...

PLA06-18, trip log, Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

This year is an unusual year for sea ice, the sea ice has been broken up and dispersed by the winds and melted away all around the island very...

OTL05-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

While the Expedition Staff handed us out the Rubberboots Ortelius sailed into the Raudfjord (Red fjord) for a planned landing in order to get...

PLA05-18, logbuch, Ice Age 3 x 60

Letztlich wurden wir auch in die rasante Welt des Zodiacfahrens eingeweiht. Die Schlauchboote bieten bis zu 12 Passagieren Platz und würden uns...

OTL04-18, logbuch, Nordspitzbergen: Eisbären-Special

Die Wanderung bot atemberaubende Ausblicke auf die umliegende Landschaft mit schneebedeckten Bergen, steilen Klippen, tief eingeschnittenen Fjorden...

PLA04-18, logbuch, Nord-Spitzbergen Eisbären-Spezial

Am Nachmittag vereitelt leider ungünstiger Wellengang unseren Plan, die Hamiltonbukta zu besuchen. Wir fahren nun erneut gen Süden in den Raudfjord,...

OTL03-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

Turning eastward and then southward into the Woodfjord we reached the Liefdefjord. Zodiacs were launched and we set off for a zodiac cruise around...

OTL02-18, trip log, Fair Isle, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen North Atlantic Odyssey – Whale...

Once the ship docked, we quickly went through passport control on the quayside then boarded the two coaches for a quick architectural tour guided...

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