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PLA16-18, trip log, Spitsbergen, Northern Greenland & Aurora Borealis

We sailed past the Northwest corner of Spitsbergen, and turned towards the East, coming across the top of the island and into Raudfjord. This...

PLA15-18, trip log, Northern Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen means ‘pointy mountains’ in Dutch. On our way north through Smeerenburgfjorden we spotted a group of about 20 Walrus hauled out on...

PLA14-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, Kvitoya

Overnight we had sailed from the glorious evening views of Bråsvellbreen and Austfonna, towards Kvitøya. A light gentle swell and clear skies...

PLA13-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

After having breakfast, we attended the mandatory briefing about zodiac operations and polar bear safety. Then, we were called to get our rubber...

OTL11-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

We woke to our first morning on Ortelius entering Kongsfjorden under blue skies and sunshine. The relatively calm waters overnight had made for...

OTL09-18, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

We woke to our first morning on Ortelius entering Kongsfjorden under blue skies and sunshine. Calm waters overnight had made for a restful sleep...

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...

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