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Doing research in the Arctic

At Wageningen Marine Research we are working with our international partners to monitor ecological changes in the Arctic. Our research on the...

Es war meine erste Expeditionsfahrt überhaupt und sie hinterliess tiefe Spuren in mir

Dies betraf nicht nur die perfekte Organisation an Bord, die abwechslungsreiche Verpflegung, das zwanglose Miteinander von Crew und Reisenden,...

Six Must-See Svalbard Sites

It is home to humanity’s last-ditch supply of crop seeds, the world’s northernmost settlement over 1,000 people, and it’s one of the best places...

Where the Polar Bears Roam: Areas that Will Up your Odds of Spotting these Elusive Arctic...

Going to the Arctic without clapping eyes on a real-life polar bear might reasonably be compared to visiting Africa without seeing a giraffe...

15 Falklands Bird Photos

Few places offer as unique and abundant a selection of birds, particularly seabirds, as the remote sub-Antarctic archipelago of the Falkland...

North Norway, Northern Lights, and All the Pretty Whales

At first glance, visiting Northern Norway at any other time but the middle of a record-breaking heatwave might seem like an undertaking unfit...

Right up with the Best: From Oxford to Arctic with Roly Pitts

Having returned to a rather hot Oxford after 12 days of exploring Arctic islands on a century-old historic schooner, I decided to pen a few thoughts.

8 Scientific Wonders of the Arctic

The Arctic’s frozen landscape not only contains scenic gems, it also prompts fascinating advances in research. Here are some of the eight best.

Tracking Greenland’s Wildlife from Space

Despite Greenland’s harsh environment, life has found a way to thrive there. If you’re lucky enough to embark on a Greenland cruise, you stand...

The Ice-Jewelled Geology of Spitsbergen

The Svalbard archipelago is found in the Arctic Ocean, approximately 660 km (410 miles) north of the northernmost tip of Norway. It is a geologist’s...

Saying Hello to Hondius: Two Former Passengers Visit our Future Polar Vessel

It’s hard not to be flattered when our former passengers speak highly of our voyages, vessels, and staff. But it’s altogether impossible when...

El mejor viaje de nuestra vida

Estuvimos en Spitsbergen desde 1 al 10 de junio de este año 2.018, navegando en el precioso barco velero Rembrandt. Ha sido una experiencia inolvidable...

PLA17-18, trip log, Scoresby Sund, Aurora borealis

Later in the morning, we arrive at Vikingebugt. There, we anchor for a while to enjoy the scenery and even some wildlife: just after the mandatory...

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....

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