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A Travel Pro’s Take on the Arctic Cruise Experience: Interview with Mariola Burejko

We’ve heard what it’s like to cruise the polar regions from the perspective of the passengers, the guides, the captains. But what about the professionals...

The Plancius Adventure

Our days sailing towards the Falkland Islands were full of activities and wildlife sightings, including a romping group of Peale’s dolphins off...

The Ways and Wildlife of the Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea is located off the coast of Antarctica, at the very south of the Atlantic. Its geographical location is 75 degrees south and...

Visiting the Nearly Unknown: New Zealand’s Campbell Island

New Zealand is a popular destination the world over, and for good reason: It’s absolutely amazing. Almost every corner is packed with unrivaled...

Speed, Habitat, and Other Rapid-Fire Facts about Earth’s Fastest Animal: the Peregrine...

Peregrine falcons, as their English name indicates, belong to the family Falconidae and are large raptors, or birds of prey. They are roughly...

A Brief History of Antarctica in Maps

Long before human eyes ever beheld Antarctica, the ancients were convinced it existed – or at least something like it. Ptolemy, a Greco-Roman...

Antarctic Resolution

I looked at my husband and decided to tell him, “I always dreamed of going to Antarctica and seeing penguins. Lots of penguins.” It was finally...

The Wildlife of Antarctica’s Seas and Skies

Antarctica is one of the most pristine environments on Earth, home to whales, penguins, seals, and birds, providing nature lovers with a treasure...

8 Ultimate Antarctica Adventures

Antarctica has adventure in its bones. Long before most travelers even reach the continent, they have to cross the Drake Passage, an oft-tumultuous...

Eissturmvögel im Kongsfjord

Heute, am ersten Tag unserer Spitzbergen-Umrundung, standen mein Bruder und ich bereits um halb sieben auf, denn schließlich wollten wir die...

At Home in Antarctica: an Interview with Polar Scientist and Guide Katja Riedel

Most of us lucky enough to visit the polar regions seldom visit more than once, and we’re rarely experts. The most enthusiastic may have read...

The Secret Life of Glaciers: How They Form, Move, and Melt

One of the greatest natural sights you’ll ever see on an Arctic or Antarctic adventure is glaciers. These gigantic bodies of ice have been slowly...

A New App for a New Antarctica

The first of December marked Antarctica Day, the celebration of the 1959 signing of the Antarctic Treaty. What better occasion, then, to launch...

PLA26-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

All around us we could see the jagged peaks and islands which looked like something from a fantasy film. We were also lucky to see a group of...

OTL26-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

The day began in Antarctica! Suddenly we were in the ice; icebergs, sea ice, and the snow-covered mountains rising out of the sea like the Himalayas....

PLA25-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp

During the day we could watch numerous Cape petrels, some Black-browed albatrosses and even a Light mantled sooty albatross. Just before the...

OTL25-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

Our first day of landings dawned – many of us got up early in order to enjoy the seabirds and Ortelius’ approach to the stunning landscapes of...

PLA24-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula-Basecamp

At 17:00 we convened in the lounge on deck five to meet expedition leader Lynn Woodworth, who welcomed us on board the ship. Chief Officer Jaanus...

PLA23-17, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Many were up bright and early to witness the captain’s navigation of Woolly Gut, a narrow passage through the small islands en-route to our morning’s...

OTL24-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands

Early morning during windy and overcast conditions Ortelius motored towards the planned landing site at Cuverville. Unfortunately an inspection...

OTL23a-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

After a rough Drake Passage experience, the second night on board the Ortelius was less bumpy than ex-pected. Lynn’s lovely voice announced the...

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