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PLA04-19, trip log, North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

Shortly afterwards expedition leader Ali announced through the PA system, that a polar bear was spotted on land. Everybody rushed outside. Less...

PLA31-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula—Whale Watching

After a delightful buffet lunch, we began our afternoon program of mandatory briefings and activities to prepare us for our time in Antarctica....

OTL33-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale...

After two days at sea we finally got the chance to see the spectacular mountains covered in snow and some wild-life of Antarctica. The morning...

PLA30-19, trip log, Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer

The first close-up penguin experience of the trip did not disappoint. Many people chose to simply stay close to the beach and enjoy the comings...

OTL32-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

As an introduction to Antarctica goes, this does not disappoint. Penguins, seals, whales and ice, so much ice. Glaci-ers tumble chaotically downwards...

PLA29-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Voyage

After lunch, many of us headed out on deck to enjoy the ocean whilst other took the opportunity to have a little siesta. At 3pm Marijke gave...

OTL31-19, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

In the morning before arrival we spotted some Sei whales in a narrow passage Ortelius passed through close to Westpoint Island. It was a sunny...

PLA28-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

The Gerlache Strait is the strait that separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Antarctic Peninsula. The Belgica Expedition, under command of...

PLA27-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

After tea and cake Sara gave a lecture entitled ‘Seals of the Southern Ocean’ in the dining room, she explained the difference between true and...

OTL30-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

At 2 o’clock in the afternoon everybody on the ship was called deck by deck to the “vacuum party”, follow-ing the IAATO rules, to clean the outer...

PLA26-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

We were all super keen to see these giants of the ocean and were soon rewarded of some excellent sightings of humpback and fin whales, we also...

PLA25-18, logbuch, Falklandinseln, Südgeorgien & Antarktische Halbinsel

Am Morgen begrüßte uns strahlender Sonnenschein; Katja weckte uns ein bisschen früher als geplant, weil Plancius drauf und dran war, die landschaftlich...

PLA24-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Our first landing of the day, and indeed of the trip, was Carcass Island, owned and operated by Rob and Lorraine McGill. The island sits in the...

OTL27-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

Happy New Year! 2019 welcomed us with calm seas, blue skies, fantastic colours and stunning landscape wrapped all around the ship. In the early...

OTL26-19, trip log, Antarctica, Basecamp

We had a busy morning following breakfast, first as Expedition Leader Tobias presented the mandatory zodiac safety briefing and IAATO regulations...

PLA23-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to calm seas and sunshine today, and most of us headed on deck to take in the views of the approaching Falkland Islands! We sailed through...

OTL25-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

To prepare for the upcoming excursions we went through more briefings about zodiac safety and how to be a good tourist in Antarctica. Then we...

OTL24-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

After a successful zodiac cruise, we sailed to Cuverville Island aiming to land. However, this plan was de-stroyed by the ice; ice is nice but...

PLA22-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

Wow! Wow! that was the reaction of passengers when they awoke and viewed the incredible panorama in front of them. Sun shining brightly in the...

OTL23-18, trip log, Weddell Sea – in search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

The first full day onboard Ortelius welcomed passengers and crew with moderate winds – at least in terms of the Drake Passage after a rolling...

PLA21-18, trip log, Falklandinseln, Südgeorgien, Antarktische Halbinsel

Nach dem tollen Mittagsmenü von Chefkoch Ralf hielten manche ein kleines Nickerchen; warum auch nicht! Eine effektive Waffe gegen die Seekrankheit.

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