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Join us for a quality discovery cruise in the Arctic and Antarctica

Experience true emotions in the polar regions, with Oceanwide Expeditions

Keeping days at sea short and implementing fast gangway operations allow us to give our guests maximum time ashore to explore. We offer two landings per day, morning and afternoon (weather permitting). Sailing schedules and land programs are flexible, and will always be adapted to local sea ice and weather conditions and wildlife opportunities. Our fleet of inflatable zodiacs are ready in no time for taxi shuttles to shore , and cruises among ice-floes and the local wildlife. While cruising and actively exploring the polar regions, we are sure that you will become increasingly fascinated by these unique wildernesses, places of drama, wildlife, history and true emotion. Welcome aboard!

Join us for a quality discovery cruise in the Arctic and Antarctica

Discover the pristine and mysterious polar planet with us! We are pioneers of ship-based exploratory tourism in the Arctic and Antarctica and awarded as ‘World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator’. We are organising unique expedition cruise programs to the polar regions for guests who want to actively enjoy the spectacular scenery, explore nature and wildlife of some of the world’s most stunning and pristine shorelines, above and below the oceans, at sea and on land.

Oceanwide Expeditions brings your polar experience to a higher level

The regions we visit during our wildlife expeditions contain hardly any infrastructure and are almost only reachable by boat. Oceanwide Expeditions operates, so to speak, on the borderline of land and water, where daily guided excursions guarantee intensive and individual nature and wildlife experience in small groups. Our carefully prepared and unique voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory and environmentally friendly travel program, which is flexible and guarantees much time for adventure packed activities, combined with educational lectures on board. For special activities we provide industry leading equipment: tents, sleeping bags, snowshoes, kayaks, diving compressors, scuba tanks and weights, rubber boots with grip sole, polar jackets, sledges (pulkas), mountaineering hard wear.

What makes us different

Oceanwide Expeditions own and operate a modern fleet of small ice-strengthened expedition vessels which comply with highest international safety standards and allow our professional crew to navigate safely through pack-ice and remote narrow waterways. The size, capacity and capability of our small ships have proven to be a successful formula for exploring the remote regions for many years. Our expedition vessels offer a comfortable, friendly, intimate and informal atmosphere. Oceanwide Expeditions is known for exceptional standard of service offered to all passengers on board the ships. Our ships provide cosy and comfortable accommodation and on-board life. Our chefs prepare excellent international and well balanced international cuisine. Our friendly international crew, expedition and hotel staff, most of whom have been with the company for many years, will be anxious to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with their guests. Qualified and experienced expedition guides share their knowledge in lectures on board during sea days and during field excursions; our guides come from all over the world and speak several languages.

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Discover the best of the Arctic and Antarctica

Together with Oceanwide, you can. Wether you want to spot that particular bird species from up close, climb that remote mountain or dive underneath the ice, Oceanwide has always something matching your interests, skills and expertise.

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We know the best spots

We know the best spots

Oceanwide Expeditions operates on the borderline of land and water, where daily excursions in small groups are organized. Our expertise in designing & managing the voyages allows us to offer quality tours in areas that will fascinate you time after time.
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We have our own fleet

We have our own fleet

Oceanwide Expeditions is a Dutch vessel operator, with it's own fleet. We own, manage and operate the following vessels: m/v Plancius (116 pax), m/v Ortelius (116 pax), s/v Rembrandt van Rijn (33 pax) and s/v Noorderlicht (20 pax).
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We have the experience

We have the experience

Oceanwide Expeditions looks back at 26 years of experience in expedition cruising, having built up a thorough knowledge of the areas visited. Our tours are constantly modified to guarantee the intended quality of our voyages.
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Advanced Antarctica: The Ross Sea

Being an arm’s length from the world’s largest penguin, the famous though elusive Emperor, is a life-changing experience!…

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The wild expanses of the Arctic and the Antarctic

The thought itself triggers the imagination of fantastic wildlife experiences, bold explorers and amazing scenery.

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Diving with the leopard

I found myself eyeball to huge, black eyeball with this mighty seal - it hung in the water,…

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Camping on Antarctica

It was almost the end of another magical day in the Antarctic Peninsula and all that remained was…

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m/v Plancius, the ship is not only beautiful but it is a very pleasant ship to sail on.

Since 2010 I have been working on Oceanwide Expeditions new expedition vessel Plancius.

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Zodiac cruising into Perlerfiup Kangalua, Greenland

It was an afternoon in July 2012 and the Rembrandt van Rijn slowly sailed into Perlerfiup Kangalua just…

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The last remaining wildernesses on our planet are my passion.

About 15 years ago Oceanwide Expeditions gave me the opportunity to return to the Polar regions on their…

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— Daniela & Alessandro, 54, Milan, Italy

Polar bears, pack-ice and first long amazing sunset in a beautiful sunny day. The greatest emotions.

Daniela & Alessandro, 54, Milan, Italy

— Morag, 40, United Kingdom

I just wish I had been able to do everything - without any sleep at all...

Morag, 40, United Kingdom

— Liz Gorrell, 76, Australian

We were the third ship ever to have a landing on Saunders Island in the Sandwiches.

Liz Gorrell, 76, Australian

— Mike & Katie, 58, American

We are now fascinated with all things polar and hope to make another trip (north or south) again soon.

Mike & Katie, 58, American

— Renata & Barbara, 41, Italian & American

Everyone on board the Ortelius was so friendly and helpful. The trip was really great.

Renata & Barbara, 41, Italian & American

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