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First Snow Hill Island landing of the season

We’re excited to announce we’ve made the first Snow Hill Island landing of the 2023-24 Antarctic season, visiting one of Earth’s largest emp

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Our Around Spitsbergen voyage circumnavigates the principal island of the ruggedly beautiful Svalbard archipelago.

The Science of Sustainability: Interview with Nathalie Steins

Can polar travel be made more sustainable? This question was part of a research project by scientist Nathalie Steins, and we were eager to h

What’s so Special about East Spitsbergen?

Though eastern Svalbard does not differ dramatically from the rest of the island group, the itineraries we follow there give you a different

Expedition at its Greatest: Interview with Sara Jenner

We talked to Sara Jenner about how she got into this work, what she loves about polar travel, and why having a home base isn’t on her agenda

HDS13-23, trip log, East Greenland, Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

After a night of Northern lights galore, stretching across the skies all above us and dancing merrily, we awoke to perfect light conditions,

Oceanwide’s First Female Captain: Interview with Miia Holma

Miia Holma captained her first Oceanwide voyage to Svalbard in July. Nothing too exceptional about that until you consider she’s our first f

Wanny Woldstad: First Female Hunter on Svalbard

Wanny Woldstad was the first female trapper on Svalbard, but she preferred to think of herself as simply a trapper

PLA13-23, trip log, East Greenland, Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

On several occasions, there was a loud noise like rumbling thunder when a nearby iceberg would begin to partly collapse.

PLA12-23, trip log, Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis

Three massive fin whales had gracefully breached the surface and our attention was immediately drawn to this amazing natural spectacle.

HDSXX23, trip log, North Spitsbergen - Kvitoya - Farthest North

We were amazed by the sheer numbers of birds on the water, on the cliffs, and in the air. The vast majority of the birds were Brünnichs guil

HDS11x23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya, In the realm of polar bear & ice

We were just finishing breakfast when Marcel, our expedition leader, made the long-awaited announcement: "Friends, we have just spotted a po

PLA11-23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya, in the realm of polar bear & ice

Searching for polar bears feels a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, but we know that they are here and with yellowish colored fur.

Whales, South Georgia, and Bill Smith

Bill frequently raises money for SGHT through his drawings, which are focused on South Georgia and polar expedition travel.

HDS10x23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of polar bear & ice

The serene atmosphere and remnants of past whaling activities evoke contemplation about humanity's relationship with nature.

PLA09-23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - in the realm of polar bear & ice

Being in the pack ice, hearing it move, seeing the colors, and feeling the magical atmosphere at the top of the globe is a unique experience

HDS09-23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of polar bear & ice, Cleaning th

From the Zodiacs, the glacier front provided a dramatic and awe-inspiring view, a testament to the power and beauty of nature.

PLA08-23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - in the realm of polar bear & ice

Fin whales are the second largest animal in the world, only a few meters shorter than a blue whale, and we could clearly hear its blow as it

Svalbard vs. the Canadian Arctic

Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic vary in terms of what they offer expedition travelers. They offer similar scenery, but their remoteness and

PLA07-23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - in the realm of polar bear & ice

The beauty was all around us! The Arctic landscape was so stunning and diverse.

HDS06-23, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of polar bear & ice

Cubs were extremely curious and playful which led to a very exciting sighting.

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