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HDS14-22, trip log, East Greenland Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

While we sail out of the fjord, the scenery is stunning and how could it get any better… we have the first sightings of whales. Some humpbac

Secrets of the Stone: Restoration of Svalbard’s 1878 Memorial

Verheul's goal was refreshingly simple: make the 1878 stone legible again so that future visitors can continue to enjoy it.

OTL14-22, trip log, East Greenland Scoresby Sund - Basecamp

Before most of us retreat to our cabins to rest we hear Jan’s voice through the speakers. We have northern lights – while crossing the Arcti

PLA13-22, trip log, Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

Dinner was served and we got to meet some of our fellow travellers who would be sharing this voyage to Greenland. As we began our navigation

Falling into Place: Iris van Zalinge’s Arctic Expedition

Iris van Zalinge, a native of the Dutch province of Zeeland where our headquarters is based, took the nine-night voyage on Plancius in July.

OTL13-22, trip log, Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

Today is the day! Our long-awaited Arctic adventure is about to begin (a few years wait for some of us!). Our story begins in Longyearbyen,

Wahlbergøya beach cleanup results in 250 kg (600 pounds) of waste collected

“There was so much rubbish collected that we couldn’t fit it all in the white bags he had brought. Instead, we put the larger bits of rope,

South Georgia Whaling Stations

South Georgia is an animal lover’s dream. In fact, it’s one of the most wildlife-rich locations we visit in all of our polar voyages, whethe

HDS12-22, trip log, North Spitsbergen - Farthest North

As the day drew to a close there were dolphin and whale sightings, and eventually the sun got low enough in the sky to give dramatic “sunset

Svalbard’s Texas Bar

Texas Bar is one of the historic areas we visit on certain Svalbard trips, and it always proves to be a cherished landing site among both ou

PLA12-22, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

It was a beautiful evening as we sailed out into Isfjord and we hoped this weather would be with us for the next 9 days. As we began our nav

HDS11X22, trip log, North Spitsbergen - Farthest North

As we set sail, we received a warm welcome and orientation briefing from our Hotel Manager Michael and Expedition Leader (EL) Sara. They gav

PLA11-22, trip log, Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Once on board the passengers started to get acquainted with the ship and were soon invited to a general introduction. A safety briefing was

OTL11-22, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

When we were enjoying our lovely breakfast, we heard the voice of our expedition leader Claudio that there was a Polar Bear on the ice, clos

HDS10X22, trip log, Spitsbergen - Greenland - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen

Our Arctic adventure began on a grey drizzly afternoon – let’s be honest, it was raining. Happily, the weather cleared as the afternoon adva

In the evening, a hit: three minke whales

Until that day, we had seen very few whales from Plancius, the ship on which we spent a week near Svalbard.

OTL10-22, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Today was the day! Our long-awaited Arctic adventure was about to begin (a few years wait for some of us!) our story begins in Longyearbyen,

OTL09-22, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Our first full day of expedition cruising officially began with a wake-up call from Expedition Leader (EL) Pippa at 7:15am, but some excited

OTL08-22, trip log, East Spitsbergen - Arctic Academy

During this expedition scientists and tourists travelled together to one of the most remote places of the arctic region. The primary goal of

PLA09-22, trip log, Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

The black mines and muddy hangars of Longyearbyen are certainly not quite as charming as the colorful traditional houses of Oslo, but the ci

Insider’s Expedition: Interview with Toto van der Horst-Vermue

As part of our reservations department, one of Toto’s responsibilities is helping book our guests on the many Antarctic and Arctic cruises w

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