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Polar Mountain High: Interview with a Ski and Mountaineering Guide

There are good jobs, and there are great jobs. And then there are jobs where you climb up mountains and ski back down them and get paid to do...

Five Reasons You Should Cruise the Ross Sea Immediately

In our quest for the little-known holiday destination (that’s still popular enough to have its own fully developed spa and gift shop), we travelers...

Why a Polar Diving Cruise Should be Your Next Great Decision

Not so very long ago, all you had to do to qualify as a thrill-seeker was hop a ship to the polar regions and make it back with all your fingers...

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: Raise your Odds of Spotting These Arctic Animals

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...

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...

Did You Know This About Svalbard?

Svalbard is a rugged cluster of Arctic islands located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. It is an area of untouched beauty, a unique...

The Art of the Arctic: Interview with Visual Artist Udo Prinsen

Most of us lucky enough to visit the Arctic recognize instantly how picturesque it is, far more so than even the most expert photograph can convey....

Bring out the Bowheads: Oceanwide Guides Make the Biggest Whale Count in Years

Researchers aboard Oceanwide Expeditions vessel m/v Plancius spotted between 104—114 bowhead whales during a June 1st cruise along the east Greenland...

A Diving Dream Fulfilled: Mark Hatter’s Antarctic Underwater Adventure

Last January, Mark Hatter accomplished a dream he’d been training two years to fulfill. Booking his berth aboard our m/v Ortelius and making...

A Closer Look at Four of Antarctica’s Most Popular Penguins

Penguins are one of the most common birds in the Antarctic, with colonies larger than some cities. On your Antarctica cruise, some of the main...

A Course in Polar Perfectionism: Interview with Captain Evgeny Levakov

Today we turned our attention to the control room, where we stole a few moments with one of our most seasoned polar captains, Evgeny Levakov....

Humpback Whales: the Stars of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

The marine ecosystem of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) extends from the Bellingshausen Sea to the northern tip of the peninsula. The WAP...

A New Flag for a Veteran Vessel, Ortelius

The quiet seaside town of Vlissingen, located in the far southwestern corner of the Netherlands, has been the home port and headquarters of Oceanwide...

How Arctic Wildlife Differs from Antarctic

While there are definite similarities between the north and south poles, at the same time, the two regions are vastly different. Though both...

Steel, Sweat, and Fire: the Forging of Hondius at Brodosplit Shipyard

In a mid-sized city on the rocky Croatian coast, not quite midway between the northern border of Montenegro and the southern shoreline of Slovenia,...

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