Who we are
Pioneers of ship-based expeditions, inventors of Basecamp Antarctica, and the first company to take travelers to the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen. With our own fleet of ice-strengthened vessels, we get you deep into the heart of this otherworldly environment – so it can get deep into yours.
An Expedition Apart
Getting you off the ship and into the action as often as possible, that’s our goal. Our sea routes are short and direct, allowing for maximum time on shore, and all our activities are designed to accommodate a wide range of experience and fitness levels.
Explore Another World – at the Edge of Our Own
We strive for close-contact, twice-daily outings on land and at sea – and sometimes below it – in one of Earth’s most surreally scenic ecosystems. Our expert crew and nimble ships allow for safe passage, speedy disembarkations, and supremely flexible itineraries.
Your Journey is Our Passion
You’re the reason we’re here. Our friendly international staff will ensure your voyage is as comfortable and informative as possible. Let us share our enthusiasm not only off the ship but on it, engaging you with talks that illuminate everything from polar science to local history.
Nature – Up Close and Personal
You want to experience something you can’t get out of a photograph, making memories that last a lifetime. With us you’ll get that chance. Our aim is helping you realize your own personal polar adventure, taking you closer to the landscape you traveled so far to see.
Meet a Different Social Network
But it isn’t just the landscape you’ll experience, it’s also the immense and indelible world of wildlife that calls this landscape home. Allow us to acquaint you with the real polar survivalists that make these far-flung regions truly come alive.
All You Can See, Hear – and Do
Kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, camping, scuba diving – our activities are as various as they are exciting. We provide much of the equipment you’ll need, and our fleet of Zodiacs will shuttle you to and from all outings with utmost speed and precision. Should you need more of a lift, we even bring our own helicopters on select Ortelius cruises.
High Impact for You, Low Impact for Nature
It’s our duty and pleasure to protect the environment we love so well. We are a responsible vessel operator and member of AECO and IAATO, organizations that promote environmentally friendly travel to the Arctic and Antarctic, and our ships comply with all the latest safety standards.
Take the First Step into Your Next Adventure
It all comes down to what you want your personal polar story to be. It’s your voyage, you decide the details: Simply check our itineraries or get in touch with any questions you might have. We’re always here, and we’re always happy to help.