Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions offers unique, small-group expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic that allow you to enjoy the natural wildlife and scenery of some of the world’s most spectacular and pristine shorelines.

Oceanwide Expeditions

We are pioneers of ship-based exploratory voyages in the Arctic and Antarctica. With our expertise and own fleet of ships, we are able to guide passengers to amazing and authentic sights as deep as possible into the heart of the Polar regions.  

How we stand out

We operate our own modern fleet of small ice-strengthened expedition vessels and offer a wide portfolio of unique expedition cruise programs. We focus on wildlife and nature, with a wide array of outdoor activities for all levels in the Arctic and Antarctica, including unique offerings via our on-board helicopters on selected Ortelius trips. We follow short sea routes to afford as many landings as possible. Our goal is to get guests directly to the heart of the awe-inspiring destinations.  

Pioneers with professional expertise

We were the first company to take travellers to Spitsbergen, in 1983; we invented the “basecamp” concept in 2010 and our pioneering spirit and know-how remains strong today. We explore nature and wildlife along some of the world’s most stunning and pristine shorelines, above and below the oceans, at sea and on land. Our smaller expedition vessels, which comply with the highest international safety standards, allow our professional crew to navigate safely through pack ice and remote narrow waterways, give us great flexibility with itineraries and facilitate quick disembarkation. 

Personal approach

Our friendly international crew, expedition and hospitality staff share their enthusiasm and knowledge with their guests in a cozy, informal setting. Our expert and experienced international expedition guides illuminate guests’ experiences through educational talks on board and during active excursions on land. 

Fully equipped

For special activities we provide industry-leading equipment: tents, sleeping bags, snowshoes, kayaks, diving compressors, scuba tanks and weights, rubber boots with grip sole, sledges (pulkas), mountaineering hardware. Our fleet of inflatable Zodiacs operates passenger shuttles to shore and cruises among ice floes and the local wildlife. On certain trips, we bring helicopters.

The heart of the matter

With our expertise and own fleet of ships, we are able to guide passengers to amazing and authentic sights as deep as possible into the heart of the Arctic and Antarctica. From there, we give them the opportunity to discover their own passion and inspiration. In the end, the journey is theirs. 


Oceanwide Expeditions is a responsible vessel operator and a respected member of AECO and IAATO.

Get closer to the heart of the Polar regions

If you’re ready to experience the world’s most remote, idyllic and pristine locations then please check our itineraries or get in touch with us if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help.