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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....

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...

PLA35-18, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey 2018

As the day wore on, weather conditions deteriorated. The wind piped up to about 35-40 knots, still from the north, and the sea assumed a more...

PLA31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage

This morning we woke to our first sunrise over Antarctic waters as we continued our journey across the Drake Passage. Having crossed the Antarctic...

OTL32-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula: Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery & Whale Watching

For those of us who made our way outside in the course of the morning, there were Wandering Albatrosses to be spotted soaring around the ship....

PLA30-18, trip log, Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula

Today we felt the exquisite new feeling of accomplishment, achievement, and long harboured dream for many of us as we stood upon the Antarctic...

OTL31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

As we had crossed the Antarctic Convergence, it was no wonder that the first big birds were spotted sailing around the ship. Is it an Albatross?...

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