Ortelius on my mind

Imagine having an alarm clock that didn’t wake you with the usual BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! but instead purred gently into your ear, “Good morning. This is your wake-up call. The weather is beautiful, the traffic light, and your breakfast is […]

An igneous paradise: Franklin Island

In the most desolate reach of seas on Earth all those adventurous enough to journey on the Ortelius to the Ross Sea excitedly hopped onto zodiacs in the southernmost corner of the Pacific Ocean.

Weddell Sea: the Original Antarctic Adventure

According to the historian Thomas R. Henry, you have to be brave to visit the Weddell Sea. In 1950 he wrote in his book, The White Continent, about sudden “flash freezes” that occur in the area. In fact it was […]

10 Common Misconceptions about the Arctic

The Arctic is a big place. Like, really big – the Arctic spreads out over 14.5 million km2, and makes up part of eight countries – Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S. Yet despite its […]

Polar Snowshoeing – Walk Your Way to Fun & Adventure

What’s the fastest growing winter sport in the world? Skiing? Snowboarding? Would you believe snowshoeing? Yes, snowshoeing, one of the oldest Arctic activities ever created, is more popular than ever. It’s easy to learn, a great calorie burner, a fun […]