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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 Plancius Adventure

Our days sailing towards the Falkland Islands were full of activities and wildlife sightings, including a romping group of Peale’s dolphins off...

10 Tried-and-True Bird Photography Tips

It’s easy to understand the human fascination with birds: They’re beautiful, graceful (usually), and physiologically equipped to take flight...

Penguins, Albatrosses, Petrels: The Winged Wildlife of South Georgia

South Georgia’s location south of the Antarctic Convergence gives the island more of an Antarctic climate than other terrain of the same latitude....

15 Fantastic Photos of Antarctica

It's often said that it is impossible to take a bad photo in Antarctica. We'll say it again.

What to pack for your Atlantic Odyssey voyage?

When packing, don’t weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical clothing for your trip that can be...

8 Whales You Might See during Your Antarctica Cruise

They’re powerful. They’re beautiful. Some of them are really really big. Whales are a wonder of the natural world. Whale-watching is one of the...

A Photo-Tour of our Cruise Ship the m/v Plancius

Welcome aboard the Plancius! She was originally named the Hr. Ms. Tydeman and was built as an oceanographic research vessel for the royal Dutch...

Albatross, penguin and krill research in Antarctica

In the Antarctic region, a great deal of research is being conducted by national Antarctic programmes including the UK’s, Australia’s and Japan’s...

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...

Of Treacherous Rocks & Audacious Fin Whales

The morning dawned beautiful and calm, the Plancius weaving her way through the seas ever nearing Antarctic Sound. The waters were fantastically...

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,...

Coming Back from the Brink: The Fur Seals of Antarctica

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, the Antarctic fur seal is one of the most populous and charismatic species of seal found in Antarctica....

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...

OTL25-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

Our first day of landings dawned – many of us got up early in order to enjoy the seabirds and Ortelius’ approach to the stunning landscapes of...

PLA23-17, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Many were up bright and early to witness the captain’s navigation of Woolly Gut, a narrow passage through the small islands en-route to our morning’s...

PLA22-17, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Our plan was to land at Steeple Jason this morning. However, during the early watch this morning it soon became apparent that the swell was simply...

PLA32-17 + PLA33-17, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey

Chris gave a presentation on South Georgia whaling but during his second slide a call came through about approaching Humpback whales. The presentation...

PLA29-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Orkney Islands – Antarctic...

After lunch and a short cruise, we reached Saunders Island. One 4x4 vehicle driven by the welcoming party was parked on the edge of the gently...

PLA27-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula

The early morning saw Plancius cruising through a glittering, wind ruffled sea toward West Point Island, the most north-westerly point of the...

OTL25-17, trip log, Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to a wonderful Southern Ocean morning. Sunshine was streaming onto the upper decks, birds were circling and a moderate sea gently rolling...

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