Polar

Exploring the Arctic by boot and snowshoe The emphasis of our voyages is always getting you off the ship and into the action as often as possible. Although we travel from site to site on ice-strengthened vessels, our expeditions...
Bring home your finest polar pictures and movies There’s no shortage of great things to say about a Hondius expedition cruise, but among the best are the free video and photography workshops offered during some of this ship’s voyages....
A very special day for Polar Bears International It should come as no surprise that we're crazy about polar bears. We've written extensively about where to find polar bears, we offer dozens of polar bear trips, we've even written a short...

Seven Sublime Antarctic Bays

Antarctica’s seven most scenic bays It’s pretty well known that Antarctica is very well known for its glaciers, icebergs, and panoramic colonies of penguins. But less obvious is the fact that the Great White Continent is positively peppered with...
20 facts about Oceanwide’s original expedition cruise vessel There’s a special place in the heart of most parents for their first child, and you could say we feel something similar for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn - minus all the sleepless...
Why we made a sixteenth-century cartographer our new ship’s namesake We at Oceanwide Expeditions are pretty fond of exploration, explorers, maps, and mapmakers. Maybe you’ve noticed. Combine this penchant with the fact that we’re a Netherlands-based company, and it’s not...
Why traveling alone in the Arctic or Antarctica might provide the purest polar experience Traveling to the polar regions, and indeed traveling in general, is often seen as something you do in the company of family, friends, and romantic...
On September 16th, I flew to Iceland and spent an evening in Reykjavik, then crossed to the town of Akureyri the next day. From Akureyri, I boarded Oceanwide Expeditions’ new Polar Class 6 expedition cruise ship, m/v Hondius,...
How a Catholic saint becomes an Arctic elf  Christmas is celebrated in numerous ways all over the world, and nearly all of these ways involve the historic figure of St. Nicholas. Who originally had nothing to do with Christmas. In the Netherlands,...
Our undying love for m/v Ortelius It’s natural for parents to be proud of their children, if not biased. And we think the same can be said of polar travel companies and their expedition cruise ships. Which is why we’re...