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PLA09-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

The day began with a wake up call from our Expedition Leader, Beau on this beautiful sunday morning as we passed the Rentierflya (reindeer plain)...

PLA08-18, trip log, Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special

Next to this was the much larger calving front of Smithbreen, and a few of us witnessed small calving events as chunks of ice fell from the glacier....

Trip log, PLA07-18, Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special

At 3pm we had a lecture. Michael invited everyone to the lounge and organized a lecture and discussion about sea ice and how important it is....

OTL06-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

During lunch we moved a little deeper into the Smeerenburgfjord towards Smeerenburg on Amsterdamøya. Here we went ashore for several different...

PLA06-18, trip log, Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

This year is an unusual year for sea ice, the sea ice has been broken up and dispersed by the winds and melted away all around the island very...

OTL05-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

While the Expedition Staff handed us out the Rubberboots Ortelius sailed into the Raudfjord (Red fjord) for a planned landing in order to get...

PLA05-18, trip log, Ice Age 3 x 60

Lunch was calling us! Back up the gangway, we quickly stripped out of our heavy gear and headed for the lounge or dining room. After a short...

OTL04-18, logbuch, Nordspitzbergen: Eisbären-Special

Die Wanderung bot atemberaubende Ausblicke auf die umliegende Landschaft mit schneebedeckten Bergen, steilen Klippen, tief eingeschnittenen Fjorden...

PLA04-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special

All of us went past the Trapper's hut used by Stockholm Sven (now used by the Sysselman), admiring the creativity involved in building from driftwood....

OTL03-18, trip log, North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

Turning eastward and then southward into the Woodfjord we reached the Liefdefjord. Zodiacs were launched and we set off for a zodiac cruise around...

OTL02-18, trip log, Fair Isle, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen North Atlantic Odyssey – Whale...

Once the ship docked, we quickly went through passport control on the quayside then boarded the two coaches for a quick architectural tour guided...

PLA35-18, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey 2018

As the day wore on, weather conditions deteriorated. The wind piped up to about 35-40 knots, still from the north, and the sea assumed a more...

PLA31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage

This morning we woke to our first sunrise over Antarctic waters as we continued our journey across the Drake Passage. Having crossed the Antarctic...

OTL32-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula: Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery & Whale Watching

For those of us who made our way outside in the course of the morning, there were Wandering Albatrosses to be spotted soaring around the ship....

PLA30-18, trip log, Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula

Today we felt the exquisite new feeling of accomplishment, achievement, and long harboured dream for many of us as we stood upon the Antarctic...

OTL31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

As we had crossed the Antarctic Convergence, it was no wonder that the first big birds were spotted sailing around the ship. Is it an Albatross?...

PLA29-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

We returned to the ship for a quick lunch while Plancius sailed to our next landing site at Grave Cove. Commersons dolphins came alongside...

OTL30-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to calm seas under an overcast sky. The Drake and it’s swell borne maladies are a thing of memory as the voyage to Antarctica ends and...

PLA28-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

A day of true expedition cruising, where Plan A becomes Plan B becomes Plan C. And on Plancius, it turns out Plan C is A-OK. We woke up to...

OTL29-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Almost immediately, we encountered a few curious Cobb´s Wren along with Striated Caracaras, two bird species only found on a handful of islands...

PLA27-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Plancius anchored off the western end of the bay and almost immediately an expeditionary zodiac went ashore to assess the situation; however...

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