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OTL14-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

The excitement of the day began really early for three passengers who stayed up on the foredeck in excel-lent weather until 2.30am… they were...

OTL13-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

We split into four groups and set off in different directions in search of wildlife and wild flowers. We were not disappointed! Whilst on land...

PLA14-17, logbuch, Rund um Spitzbergen & Kvitøya

Um 10 Uhr traf sich die englischsprachige Gruppe an der Büste von Roald Amundsen, um von Gérard und Sebastián ein paar Informationen zum Ort...

PLA13-17, logbuch, Spitzbergen Umrundung

Nach dieser Stärkung ging es endlich das erste Mal ins Zodiac und an Land: Ny Ålesund war das Ziel. Vor über 100 Jahren wurde diese Siedlung...

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...

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...

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