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Behind the Scenes with Plancius Hotel Manager Sebastian Duma

A pleasant June evening, mild and warm – for the Arctic. Outside the panoramic windows of the m/v Plancius observation lounge, peaks and glaciers...

A Bug’s Life in Svalbard

When you think about Svalbard wildlife, you might imagine reindeer, Arctic foxes, polar bears – the primary animal attractions that draw passengers...

Polar Cruises: The Ultimate Icebreakers

Travel is one of life’s great eye openers. It brings you into contact with new people and perspectives, challenges old assumptions you haven’t...

All About the Sami

Before the formation of Viking culture, another people populated the far north of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The Roman historian Tacitus described...

5 Life Lessons You'll Learn in Antarctica

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” - Mark Twain

7 Questions for the Captain

It takes a village to run a polar cruise: The guides boat us safely from ship to shore and lead us on the gamut of glacial hikes, the service...

10 Key Traits of Post-Ice-Age Greenland to Upgrade Your Arctic Awareness

During the last ice age, most plants and animals vanished from Greenland as a thick sheath of ice coated the landscape. Once this ice started...

15 Stunning Photos for Those Curious About Antarctic Cruises

Though the following photos are all fantastic, they’re no substitute for the real thing.

Remembrance of Expeditions Past

Today I sit in the sun, thinking back on the years I spent with my Oceanwide family since my retirement in 1997. My first trips were on a little...

The islands that call Svalbard home

Svalbard is located between the North Pole and the Norwegian mainland and is home to some of the most dramatic and isolated landscapes in the...

An igneous paradise: Franklin Island

In the most desolate reach of seas on Earth all those adventurous enough to journey on the Ortelius to the Ross Sea excitedly hopped onto zodiacs...

Ortelius on my mind

Imagine having an alarm clock that didn’t wake you with the usual BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! but instead purred gently into your ear, “Good morning. This...

OTL12-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

This morning the weather was moody and atmospheric, a true testament to arctic summer with low lying fog and mist. We were woken early with news...

PLA11-17, logbuch, Spitzbergen Umrundung

Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück erklärten uns Katja und Phillip die richtigen Verhaltensweisen bei Landungen im Eisbärgebiet, zusammen mit den...

PLA08-17, logbuch, Nordspitzbergen, Eisbär-Spezial

Am Morgen haben wir den Billefjord erreicht und genießen während des Frühstücks den wunderbaren Ausblick auf den Nordenskiöldbreen und auf die...

PLA07-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

For those of us who had never been on a cruise before, any fears of moving water and moved stomachs were totally unfounded – the Arctic sea had...

OTL07-17, trip log, Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Special

Our overnight journey was so smooth that it seemed as if our ship was alongside the dock! Follow-ing a leisurely breakfast we attended two more...

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

Snow buntings sang their lovely musical songs on the high ground, Rock Ptarmigan, still in white winter plumage circled around and Arctic skuas...

PLA05-17, logbuch, Nordspitzbergen, Eisbär-Spezial

Nach einer ersten, sehr ruhigen Nacht an Bord – die See war praktisch glatt – wurden wir VOR dem angekündigten Weckruf von Michael aus den Betten...

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...

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