Polar

A painfully obvious ship assumption The generalization that larger ships impact the environment more than smaller ships seems like such a no-brainer that if someone said it to you, you’d be easily forgiven for thinking you were being tricked. Well,...
How the Happywhale network supports oceanic health According to Happywhale, conserving the oceans starts with the whales. Happywhale is an international conservation program composed of whale enthusiasts, researchers, and tour companies that contribute whale fluke photos in order to further...
Best islands of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic Whether it’s Greenland in the Arctic or Snow Hill Island in Antarctica, the bulk of our polar expeditions take place around, between, and upon islands. In fact, island beaches by far make up...
Talking shop with expedition leader Ali Liddle Being a great expedition leader isn’t just about making plans, giving briefings, and enduring the occasional sleepless night spent praying for polar bears. It’s also about being a skilled presenter and friendly host,...

Taking the Polar Plunge

Polar plunge, a bucket list burrrrr There are some human activities that for many people simply defy understanding: We juggle chainsaws, we breathe fire, we fling ourselves out of perfectly good airplanes. And some of us do the polar plunge. In...
North Norway according to our Arctic expedition guides Out of all the Arctic areas we explore, Northern Norway is probably the most underrated. Falling just inside the Arctic Circle, North Norway is a wildlife-rich span of majestic fjords, enchanting islands,...
Plancius, Antarctica’s moving basecamp It was New Year’s Eve, and I was dressed in a full-body penguin suit, making my way to the buffet. We were three days into our cruise aboard the Plancius, and everyone on the ship...
How to go on an Arctic or Antarctic cruise like a polar pro Polar cruises are easy to enjoy, but there’s an art to getting the most out of them. An expedition cruise you consider bland, poor, even disastrous, might...
Thirteen Oceanwide guides and 50 passengers removed roughly 1,000 kg (2,200 pounds) of plastic from the beaches of Svalbard last week, about half the weight of an average car. The efforts were part of the Clean Up Svalbard program,...
The “less is more” approach to photography packing The most common question I receive from passengers before they leave for an Arctic or Antarctic expedition cruise is, “What should I bring?” It’s a very broad question, and the answers will vary...