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Es war meine erste Expeditionsfahrt überhaupt und sie hinterliess tiefe Spuren in mir

Dies betraf nicht nur die perfekte Organisation an Bord, die abwechslungsreiche Verpflegung, das zwanglose Miteinander von Crew und Reisenden,...

Six Must-See Svalbard Sites

It is home to humanity’s last-ditch supply of crop seeds, the world’s northernmost settlement over 1,000 people, and it’s one of the best places...

Where the Polar Bears Roam: Areas that Will Up your Odds of Spotting these Elusive Arctic...

Going to the Arctic without clapping eyes on a real-life polar bear might reasonably be compared to visiting Africa without seeing a giraffe...

15 Falklands Bird Photos

Few places offer as unique and abundant a selection of birds, particularly seabirds, as the remote sub-Antarctic archipelago of the Falkland...

North Norway, Northern Lights, and All the Pretty Whales

At first glance, visiting Northern Norway at any other time but the middle of a record-breaking heatwave might seem like an undertaking unfit...

Right up with the Best: From Oxford to Arctic with Roly Pitts

Having returned to a rather hot Oxford after 12 days of exploring Arctic islands on a century-old historic schooner, I decided to pen a few thoughts.

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...

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...

PLA15-18, trip log, Northern Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen means ‘pointy mountains’ in Dutch. On our way north through Smeerenburgfjorden we spotted a group of about 20 Walrus hauled out on...

PLA14-18, logbuch, Rund um Spitzbergen & Kvitøya

Als Christians morgendlicher Weckruf ertönte, war unser heutiges Ziel noch gut eine Stunde ent-fernt. Noch während wir uns das Frühstück schmecken...

PLA13-18, logbuch, Rund um Spitzbergen

Unser erster Morgen an Bord begann mit einem imponierenden Gletscherpanorama. Während der frühen Morgenstunden hatte Kapitän Alexey Nazarov Plancius...

OTL11-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

We woke to our first morning on Ortelius entering Kongsfjorden under blue skies and sunshine. The relatively calm waters overnight had made for...

OTL09-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

We woke to our first morning on Ortelius entering Kongsfjorden under blue skies and sunshine. Calm waters overnight had made for a restful sleep...

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....

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