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Our Third Consecutive Landing at Snow Hill Island

20.11.2019. For the third time in as many years, Oceanwide Expeditions has achieved helicopter landings at Snow Hill Island, hiking our passengers to the...

Adding Antarctica to Your Seven-Continents Bucket List

It’s a common pursuit among serious travelers to visit all seven continents. And indeed, the term “bucket list,” which became popular (if not...

The Wonderful Weddell Sea: Places, Pics, and Impressions

When talking about Antarctica, it’s easy to slip into familiar verbiage: amazing, astounding, extraordinary, exceptional. And though most Antarctic...

Emperors Everywhere: Letter from Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

23.11.2018. Yesterday marks two years in a row that we’ve been able to take our guests to the spectacular but seldom-visited Snow Hill Island emperor penguin...

The Research Stations of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic

Numerous research stations operate throughout the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, engaged in all manner of scientific inquiry. This article will...

The Ways and Wildlife of the Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea is located off the coast of Antarctica, at the very south of the Atlantic. Its geographical location is 75 degrees south and...

Weddell Sea: the Original Antarctic Adventure

According to the historian Thomas R. Henry, you have to be brave to visit the Weddell Sea. In 1950 he wrote in his book, The White Continent,...

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’....

Encounter with the emperor penguin in Antarctica

Dutch journalist Gemma Venhuizen embarked on the MV Ortelius during the Weddell Sea cruise 'In search of the emperor penguins'. She had several...

Antarctic Icon: 44 Facts About the Emperor Penguin

Emperor penguins are truly the emperors of Antarctica as not only do they survive through the harsh Antarctic winters but they also are capable...

Six Facts About the Crabeater Seals of Antarctica

As many as 75 million individual crabeater seals live in Antarctica, making them the most abundant seal in the world.

Danger Beneath the Water: 10 Facts About Leopard Seals

If your sense of adventure takes you on an Antarctic cruise, you may be lucky enough to cross paths with a leopard seal. They’re amazing creatures...

Penguin Poop can Melt Ice for Nurseries

Although penguins are used to their environment, it is still necessary to take precautions to safeguard their breeding habits. Therefore, these...

The Eight Great Penguin Species of Antarctica

There are 17 penguin species on the planet, but the eight most iconic reside in Antarctica, its nearby islands, and the sub-Antarctic archipelagos...

What to Pack on Your Antarctic Cruise

The bag you use to pack all your items, should be appropriate for your travels ahead. Although many want to pack everything they own, this is...

Humpback Whales Sing for Food, Not Entertainment

The normal call of a humpback whale can be heard from miles away, and they often make noises that sound similar to crying, howling and moaning....

Can Emperor Penguins Taste Fish?

Emperor penguins are a delight to encounter, and they are definitely a favorite among people who enjoy taking expeditions. However, this beloved...

OTL22-19, trip log, Weddell Sea

It was late afternoon on a windy but sunny and beautiful day in Ushuaia. The first passengers to arrive to Ortelius at 2pm were a group of young...

PLA30-19, trip log, Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer

The first close-up penguin experience of the trip did not disappoint. Many people chose to simply stay close to the beach and enjoy the comings...

OTL23-18, trip log, Weddell Sea – in search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

The first full day onboard Ortelius welcomed passengers and crew with moderate winds – at least in terms of the Drake Passage after a rolling...

OTL22A-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Emperor penguins

During the exercise guides led each group of five suitably ear-muffed passengers to their allocated heli-copter and assisted them to correctly...

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