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Ortelius on My Mind

Imagine having an alarm clock that didn’t wake you with the usual BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! but instead purred gently into your ear, “Good morning. This...

The Most Epic Journey In The World: Ross Sea Antarctica

This expedition had everything – jaw dropping landscapes, whales galore, volcanoes, ice, ice and more ice of all kinds, berg, fast, sea, pancake,...

A helicopter flight over Antarctica

Dutch journalist Gemma Venhuizen embarked on the m/v Ortelius during the Weddell Sea cruise ‘In search of the emperor penguins – including helicopters’....

The Antarctica State of Mind

The grandeur and wonder of Antarctica is beyond words. Staring at my screen and not knowing where to start, I took a glance at the dark grey...

Wild in Antarctica

Recently, one of my best friends told me about a trip she was taking to Antarctica, which would fulfill her goal of travelling to all seven continents.

Following the tracks of Viking Explorer Fridtjof Nansen

In late August of 2016, I went on a week-long tour of East Greenland on the Rembrandt Van Rijn. The ship was originally built in the 1920's but...

They don’t speak Gentoo on this island - Reflections from an Antarctic voyage

So what would you do with your last few hours at the end of the world? How would you spend your remaining time before sailing off into what...

A true Polar Bear Special

When I look out of the window I see only ice. Floes as far as the eye can see. It is Saturday, but not your typical Saturday. This morning I...

Once in a lifetime … or …?

“Goodmoooorning folks, goodmooorning”, the voice from our expedition leader Nathan echoed through our cosy triple porthole cabin on board of...

Mesmerised by the wild beauty of Svalbard

Myrtle Ryan found herself mesmerised by the wild beauty of the icy high Arctic, and the many fascinating creatures which call it home. A customer...

"Major Tom, I wish you’d known..."

Grey sky. I wake up with a cotton-padded head: all noises and thoughts come muffled up, both from the outside and the inside. Alas, today’s plan...

Kayaking the Waters of Antarctica

The weather changes so dramatically down here that you simply cannot say, "this looks like a great day" if it is one - rather you must live in...

A Rare Convergence of Possibilities - Crossing the Drake Passage

During an unusually calm crossing of the Drake Passage Andrew - the Expedition Leader - asked the Captain if it was possible to do a zodiac cruise....

Leonard Hussey’s Banjo: brain food

The Endurance had been trapped in pack ice for 10 months when Sir Ernest Shackleton gave the order to abandon ship on 27 October 1915. He allowed...

Ushuaia: The Little-Known History of Antarctica's Gateway

Ushuaia's official birth date is October 12, 1884. On that day, the Argentine Commodore Augusto Lasserre established the sub-division of Ushuaia...

Iceberg Encounters in Antarctica

When we told friends and family that we were going to Antarctica for Christmas and the New Year there were a couple of instant, if a little strange,...

Solargraphy & Pinhole photography in the Arctic

During the SEES NL expedition to Spitsbergen, Udo Prinsen has been ‘painting with sunlight’ and used analog methods of photography and film in...

8 Facts About the Greenland Shark

The Greenland Shark is one of many fish and marine mammals that live near Greenland, but this is not the only area where it dwells. In fact,...

In Polar Travel, choice of clothing can mean life or death

With temperatures like this, it is vital to be prepared. In fact, it is life threatening if you aren’t. My first impulse, when planning my journey...

Visiting Scott’s Terra Nova Hut - Cape Evans

I have read just about every account ever written on Scott’s Antarctic expeditions. Some hail him as a great hero; some claim he was an autocratic...

A Ross Sea Odyssey

In 2013 I took part in a trip of a lifetime. Led by Australian mountaineer, Greg Mortimer, this expedition took in the Antarctic Peninsula, Bellingshausen...

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