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The Doctor Is In: Interview with Polar Expedition Doctor Lauke Bisschops

Forget choosing between sprawling city hospitals and small boutique clinics, subways compared to streets, ambulances versus Uber versus your...

Polar Bear Primer: 8 Defining Facts about the Arctic Wanderer

Polar bears are found throughout the Arctic region in 19 subpopulations, including Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. In these areas,...

10 Conversation-Starting Svalbard Facts

Being an iced-over, snow-heaped, bear-packed island at the edge of the world has its advantages: For one, you’re at least unusual enough to warrant...

10 Tried-and-True Bird Photography Tips

It’s easy to understand the human fascination with birds: They’re beautiful, graceful (usually), and physiologically equipped to take flight...

10 Weather-Fueled Facts about Antarctica

Most of us have at least a vague notion of what makes the North and South Poles so brutally, bone-chillingly cold: They receive less sunlight...

In Search of the Northwest Passage

In the first half of the 19th century, Napoleonic War veteran and British Second Secretary to the Admiralty, Sir John Barrow, envisioned what...

10 Bountiful Blue Whale Facts

“Whale” is the common name for a variety of marine mammals. The Latin word cetus gives the species its scientific title, Cetacea. Whales come...

A Guide’s Guide: Trekking the Tundra with Expedition Leader Michael Ginzburg

For adventure lovers, a common reaction to meeting polar expedition guides is that they have the coolest job on the planet. They spend much of...

Puffins: The Clown Birds of the Atlantic

Puffins belong to a family of 22 species of seabirds called Auks, pigeon-sized birds that live on a diet of small fish and crustaceans. Puffins...

Portraits of a People: The Faces from the Scoresby Sund Exhibition

Greenland is 80% covered in ice, gets scarcely over 10°C (50°F) even at the height of summer, and is one of the least densely populated landmasses...

20 Resounding Reasons to Travel to the Falkland Islands

You’ve visited the colossal penguin colonies of South Georgia, sailed among the plunging seals of the Antarctic Peninsula, watched whales in...

10 Popular Bird Watching Binoculars

Binoculars are so common a companion of outdoor enthusiasts that many pack them with hardly a second thought. They’re tossed into a backpack...

10 Illuminating Facts about the Northern Lights

According to Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. The word “borealis,” however, is Greek for “wind.” The combined phrase “aurora...

Oceanwide Finalist in Adventure in Motion Film Contest

The new corporate commercial for Oceanwide Expeditions, “Walk into the Waking Dream,” has just been nominated as a finalist in the Adventure...

Penguins, Albatrosses, Petrels: The Winged Wildlife of South Georgia

South Georgia’s location south of the Antarctic Convergence gives the island more of an Antarctic climate than other terrain of the same latitude....

Hope for the Future, Plan for the Fallout: Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Literature, cinema, even video games have given us no meager supply of global disaster scenarios, be they in the form of annihilating wars, pulverizing...

Behind the Scenes with Plancius Hotel Manager Sebastian Duma

A pleasant June evening, mild and warm – for the Arctic, that is. Outside the panoramic windows of the m/v Plancius observation lounge, peaks...

A Bug’s Life in Svalbard

When you think about Svalbard wildlife, you might imagine reindeer, Arctic foxes, polar bears – the primary animal attractions that draw passengers...

Polar Cruises: The Ultimate Icebreakers

Travel is one of life’s great eye openers. It brings you into contact with new people and perspectives, challenges old assumptions you haven’t...

All About the Sami

Before the formation of Viking culture, another people populated the far north of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The Roman historian Tacitus described...

5 Life Lessons You'll Learn in Antarctica

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” - Mark Twain

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