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A Rare Glimpse of Imperial Antarctica: the Snow Hill Emperor Penguins

Oceanwide Expeditions recently achieved a rare feat, visiting Antarctica’s northernmost emperor penguin colony on Snow Hill Island. Typically...

Antarctica Cities (and 5 Other Things that Don’t Exist on Earth's Coldest Continent)

You might wonder why we’d bother writing about all the things you won’t see in Antarctica,. After all, most articles meant to talk up the virtues...

A Synergy of Science and Tourism: How Oceanwide and KNMI Are Cooperating to Study the...

Since 2012, KNMI (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut – Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) and Oceanwide Expeditions have...

Chosen by the Sea: An Interview with Captain Ernesto Barria

Ortelius sits drydocked in a cavernous basin of brick and steel, lost in scaffolding like a sidelong building undergoing renovation. Men in dark...

7 Facts about Antarctica’s Best-Dressed Bird: the Penguin

There are 17 species of penguin, some of which are found as far north as the equator. Of these 17 species, just six are found in Antarctica:...

3 Antarctica Cruise Deals: Realize a Dream without Ravaging Your Wallet

For many travelers, Antarctica epitomizes the polar regions. But while embarking on an Antarctica cruise can be a life-changing experience, it...

Light in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The midnight sun, also known as the polar day, is a natural phenomenon seen within the Arctic and Antarctic circles. During the polar summer,...

A Few Fun Animal Facts about the “Tooth-Walking Sea Horse” (Aka the Walrus)

The walrus is a marine animal with large flippers, whiskers, and of course, tusks. A circumpolar Arctic and sub-Arctic creature, it includes...

22 Enchanting Arctic Birds and their Most Fascinating Facts

Arctic wildlife exists in a category unto itself, and for good reason. Polar bears are one of the most awe-inspiring animals on Earth, Arctic...

The Doctor Is In: Interview with Polar Expedition Doctor Lauke Bisschops

Forget choosing between sprawling city hospitals and small boutique clinics, subways compared to streets, ambulances versus Uber versus your...

Under the Northern Lights of Greenland

Driving towards the port in Akureyri, I recognized Plancius from miles away. This was the ship that once took me to the end of the Earth, the...

Polar Bear Primer: 8 Defining Facts about the Arctic Wanderer

Polar bears are found throughout the Arctic region in 19 subpopulations, including Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. In these areas,...

10 Conversation-Starting Svalbard Facts

Being an iced-over, snow-heaped, bear-packed island at the edge of the world has its advantages: For one, you’re at least unusual enough to warrant...

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...

10 Weather-Fueled Facts about Antarctica

Most of us have at least a vague notion of what makes the North and South Poles so brutally, bone-chillingly cold: They receive less sunlight...

In Search of the Northwest Passage

In the first half of the 19th century, Napoleonic War veteran and British Second Secretary to the Admiralty, Sir John Barrow, envisioned what...

Taking Chances: A New Lesson from the Arctic

Some days just don’t get off to a good start. Today was one of them. Our vessel, m/v Plancius, had spent the night sailing toward Phippsøya,...

10 Bountiful Blue Whale Facts

“Whale” is the common name for a variety of marine mammals. The Latin word cetus gives the species its scientific title, Cetacea. Whales come...

Trip log, OTL21-17 Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

Excited passengers awoke to a bright sunny morning with hints of large ice on the far horizon and decaying white lumps of various sizes dotted...

PLA17-17, trip log, Scoresby Sund, Aurora borealis

Most of us were already awake when we heard Katja’s wake up call. We had been rolling and pitching during the whole night but luckily our floating...

PLA16-17, trip log, Scoresbysund – Aurora Borealis

Last night, some auroras lightened the sky until very early morning so some of us did not have a long sleep, especially those who got up before...

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