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10 Key Traits of Post-Ice-Age Greenland to Upgrade Your Arctic Awareness

During the last ice age, most plants and animals vanished from Greenland as a thick sheath of ice coated the landscape. Once this ice started...

15 Stunning Photos for Those Curious About Antarctic Cruises

Though the following photos are all fantastic, they’re no substitute for the real thing.

Remembrance of Expeditions Past

Today I sit in the sun, thinking back on the years I spent with my Oceanwide family since my retirement in 1997. My first trips were on a little...

The islands that call Svalbard home

Svalbard is located between the North Pole and the Norwegian mainland and is home to some of the most dramatic and isolated landscapes in the...

An igneous paradise: Franklin Island

In the most desolate reach of seas on Earth all those adventurous enough to journey on the Ortelius to the Ross Sea excitedly hopped onto zodiacs...

Ortelius on my mind

Imagine having an alarm clock that didn’t wake you with the usual BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! but instead purred gently into your ear, “Good morning. This...

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,...

Polar Diving – Taking the Cold Plunge Into Real Discovery

If you’ve ever gone diving in warm, tropical waters you know how exciting that can be. In the ocean’s depths you’ll be met with an array of colors...

10 Common Misconceptions about the Arctic

The Arctic is a big place. Like, really big – the Arctic spreads out over 14.5 million km2, and makes up part of eight countries – Canada, Finland,...

Polar Snowshoeing – Walk Your Way to Fun & Adventure

What’s the fastest growing winter sport in the world? Skiing? Snowboarding? Would you believe snowshoeing? Yes, snowshoeing, one of the oldest...

10 Profound Polar Bear Facts

They’re cute, they’re cuddly, they’ll eat your face off – polar bears are the undisputed kings and queens of the north. As one of the major draws...

The Most Epic Journey In The World: Ross Sea Antarctica

This expedition had everything – jaw dropping landscapes, whales galore, volcanoes, ice, ice and more ice of all kinds, berg, fast, sea, pancake,...

PLA08-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

Our first stop of the trip was in Yoldiabukta where we saw the beautiful Wahlenberg glacier coming down from the mountains all the way to the...

PLA07-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

For those of us who had never been on a cruise before, any fears of moving water and moved stomachs were totally unfounded – the Arctic sea had...

OTL07-17, trip log, Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Special

Our overnight journey was so smooth that it seemed as if our ship was alongside the dock! Follow-ing a leisurely breakfast we attended two more...

PLA06-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

As we were reaching the Western end of the fjord and finishing dinner, Michael cleared the dining room by announcing "Blue whale!" We all rushed...

OTL06-17, trip log, Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Special

Snow buntings sang their lovely musical songs on the high ground, Rock Ptarmigan, still in white winter plumage circled around and Arctic skuas...

PLA05-17, trip log, North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

After a nice, calm night cruising southwards, we had not counted on being woken up before the scheduled wake-up call, but we were, and with a...

OTL05-17, logbuch, Nord-Spitzbergen Eisbär Spezial

Allmählich kamen wir in Expeditionsstimmung! Unterdessen hatte sich die Ortelius der Nordwest-ecke Spitzbergens genähert, und der Kapitän steuerte...

OTL04-17, trip log, Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Special

Back on the ship we cruised between some islands before the captain turned the ship north. After dinner the ship’s horn was suddenly blown: we...

OTL03-17, trip log, North Atlantic Odyssey

We were approaching Fair Isle well before breakfast time, in a fairly settled sea, with slightly over-cast conditions. However, what little...

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