Polar

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,...
A chat with a polar expedition cruise doctor When you’re taking a polar expedition cruise, you are usually far from a hospital. In fact, you’re often days away from even the most remote small-town medical facility. This is almost never...
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...
Beste poolliefhebber, Een nieuwe grote Nederlandse wetenschappelijke expeditie naar Spitsbergen staat weer in de steigers. Na het grote succes van SEES 2015 zullen in augustus 2020 vijftig wetenschappers en vijftig ‘anderen’ afvaren naar Edgeøya, Spitsbergen. Daar zullen ze samen...
Your best bets for Antarctic birdwatching If anyone tells you Antarctica is for the birds, they’re right. But only if they mean it literally, because birdwatchers and polar enthusiasts are well aware that Antarctica is one of the best birding...
Crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica Crossing the Drake Passage rewards thousands of tourists every year with one of the most incredible paradises on planet Earth! Why is the Drake Passage the most powerful sea convergence in the world? This stretch...
Visiting the Snow Hill emperor colony three years in a row For the third time in as many years, Oceanwide Expeditions has achieved helicopter landings at Snow Hill Island, hiking our passengers to the rarely visited emperor penguin colony...