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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...

A Guide’s Guide: Trekking the Tundra with Expedition Leader Michael Ginzburg

For adventure lovers, a common reaction to meeting polar expedition guides is that they have the coolest job on the planet. They spend much of...

Puffins: The Sea Clowns of the Circumpolar North

Puffins belong to a family of 22 species of seabirds called Auks, pigeon-sized birds that live on a diet of small fish and crustaceans. Puffins...

Portraits of a People: The Faces from the Scoresby Sund Exhibition

Greenland is 80% covered in ice, gets scarcely over 10°C (50°F) even at the height of summer, and is one of the least densely populated landmasses...

20 Resounding Reasons to Travel to the Falkland Islands

You’ve visited the colossal penguin colonies of South Georgia, sailed among the plunging seals of the Antarctic Peninsula, watched whales in...

10 Popular Bird Watching Binoculars

Binoculars are so common a companion of outdoor enthusiasts that many pack them with hardly a second thought. They’re tossed into a backpack...

10 Illuminating Facts about the Northern Lights

According to Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. The word “borealis,” however, is Greek for “wind.” The combined phrase “aurora...

Oceanwide Finalist in Adventure in Motion Film Contest

The new corporate commercial for Oceanwide Expeditions, “Walk into the Waking Dream,” has just been nominated as a finalist in the Adventure...

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....

Hope for the Future, Plan for the Fallout: Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Literature, cinema, even video games have given us no meager supply of global disaster scenarios, be they in the form of annihilating wars, pulverizing...

Behind the Scenes with Plancius Hotel Manager Sebastian Duma

A pleasant June evening, mild and warm – for the Arctic, that is. Outside the panoramic windows of the m/v Plancius observation lounge, peaks...

A Bug’s Life in Svalbard

When you think about Svalbard wildlife, you might imagine reindeer, Arctic foxes, polar bears – the primary animal attractions that draw passengers...

Polar Cruises: The Ultimate Icebreakers

Travel is one of life’s great eye openers. It brings you into contact with new people and perspectives, challenges old assumptions you haven’t...

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...

PLA15-17, trip log, Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland

While we approached our intended landing site in order to scout conditions there, we attended the mandatory briefings on zodiac operations and...

OTL14-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

The excitement of the day began really early for three passengers who stayed up on the foredeck in excel-lent weather until 2.30am… they were...

OTL13-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

We split into four groups and set off in different directions in search of wildlife and wild flowers. We were not disappointed! Whilst on land...

PLA14-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen & Kvitøya

As soon as we got off the ship we were welcomed by a juvenile arctic fox wearing its summer fur, it was a wonderful start. We walked around the...

PLA13-17, logbuch, Spitzbergen Umrundung

Nach dieser Stärkung ging es endlich das erste Mal ins Zodiac und an Land: Ny Ålesund war das Ziel. Vor über 100 Jahren wurde diese Siedlung...

OTL12-17, trip log, Around Spitsbergen

This morning the weather was moody and atmospheric, a true testament to arctic summer with low lying fog and mist. We were woken early with news...

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