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Ortelius Staff Spot Type D Orca

Taking our guests to beautiful polar areas to see exotic polar animals is what we’re all about. Whether we’re spotting polar bears or pengui

HDS23-22, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage

On embarkation, our luck already began as it was clear and sunny while we are embarking our home for the next 10 days, the Dutch Expedition

Arctic Cruises Compared: Around Spitsbergen vs. North Spitsbergen

Around Spitsbergen or North Spitsbergen – which cruise is for you? The most distinguishing feature of these cruises is the areas they visit.

HDS22-22, trip log, Antarctica - 'Basecamp'- free camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking,

We spend the rest of the evening cruising down the Beagle Channel. As we prepare ourselves to go down for our first dinner the ship is surro

OTL23-22, trip log, Weddell Sea, In search of the Emperor penguin

We were warmly welcomed by all the crew and staff who assisted us in finding our cabins. We had a little time to explore the ship and get ou

OTL22-22, trip log, Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor penguin

On Snow Hill Island the morning turned out glorious. Being able to walk on this massive blanket of frozen sea water was special enough in it

HDS21-22, trip log, Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

The day started with a beautiful sunrise and we enjoyed a tasty breakfast before heading to the outer decks. Many birds such as Black-browed

OTL21-22, trip log, Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

When we arose from our sleep and headed outside, we saw beautiful, calm seas and sunshine; perfect conditions to begin looking out for wonde

Oceanwide wins World’s Best Expedition Cruise Line 2022

We are honored to announce that Oceanwide Expeditions has been named World’s Best Expedition Cruise Line 2022 in the second annual World Cru

Fourth consecutive Snow Hill landing

We’re thrilled to report we made our fourth consecutive landing at the emperor penguin colony on Snow Hill Island last Friday.

Around Spitsbergen, in the Realm of the Polar Bear & Ice

There are journeys and there are journeys. This trip is one that falls in the latter category. I look back on a fantastic experience, during

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