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Bouvet Island: The Most Remote Island in the World

On January 1, 1739, an amazing discovery was made by French Commander Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier: a volcanic island that is so r

Going Green in Antarctica

Antarctica truly is the world’s last wild, untouched land. Aside from the international research stations that dot the continent, Antarctica

“The polar bear will still be there”

The bear will still be there… it sounds like a poem. But it was not? Later that day a guest asked me if the Polar Bear would still be there

Large and in Charge: Antarctica’s Southern Elephant Seals

Southern elephant seals are the largest species of seal on the planet and a highlight among Antarctica cruise wildlife.

Going Green: Ascension Island Sea Turtles

Wildlife lovers are united by a common Ascension Island aspiration: see its world-famous green sea turtles.

Fierce and Feathered: the Skuas of Antarctica

At first glance, the skuas of Antarctica appear to be merely darker-feathered seagulls. But looks can be deceiving.

The Evolving Shipboard Eco-traveler

Bored with the common place, usual hum-drum of daily life? Shopping for another reality? Well, look no further! Most of us live and play on

Danger Beneath the Water: 10 Facts About Leopard Seals

If your sense of adventure takes you on an Antarctic cruise, you may be lucky enough to cross paths with a leopard seal. They’re amazing cre

The Giant Petrels of King George Island

With piercing grey eyes and a sharp tube-nosed beak, the giant petrel of King George Island is an impressive sight to behold.

Eight Engaging Reindeer Facts

When we think about reindeer, we might also think of Saami herders or the holidays or teams of these Arctic animals pulling a bell-covered s

Not Eskimos: 10 Enlightening Facts About the Inuit

If you are going to participate in a cruise through the Antarctic or Arctic regions, you probably have an interest in the Inuit culture. To

Polar bear feast

The bear had already started to strip off the seal skin, and began to eat the blubber: very rich in calories. A bearded seal can weigh up un

A day in the life: Plancius surrounded by Bowhead Whales

This was just the beginning; it soon became clear that we had stumbled onto something very special as blows, backs and tails flukes were sca

Navigating by touch through the sea ice

“Speed?” questions the Officer of the Watch, not taking his eyes off the random pattern of floes and leads ahead. “3.6 knots” replies the he

Greenland: Where the Kayak Was Invented

The Inuit began using kayaks thousands of years ago for hunting, but the exact timeframe that these miniature boats come from is unknown. Wh

Birding Opportunities Abound in Spitsbergen

Seabirds are by the most common type of bird in Spitsbergen. Experts have estimated that there are 164 bird species that have been found thr

Meet Will Gilbertson, one of Oceanwide Expeditions’ field experts

Meet some of our ‘experts’, qualified expedition leaders and guides. Our friendly expedition staff, most of whom have been with the company

Will Woolly Mammoths Once Again Roam the Arctic?

Imagine for a moment that you are on an arctic expedition and spot a woolly mammoth on land. This is something that has not been possible an

Life in a Penguin Colony

At a research station in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, scientists study how life is changing in local penguin colonies. Read this to

Arctic and Antarctic Basecamp Cruises – Choose Your Own Adventure

Each voyage uses one of our main ships (Plancius or Ortelius) as a main hub and from there passengers are able to launch into any one of a v

Living the Antarctic Dream

From October to March, during the Austral summer, thousands of breeding Gentoo, Adèlie, and Chinstrap penguins travel to the Western Antarct

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