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Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions is a Dutch cruise company organizing unique, small-group expedition cruises for the last 26 years to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Their cruises make it possible for passengers to enjoy the scenery and nature above and underwater in unique areas which are almost only reachable by boat. On each expedition cruise, daily excursions in small groups are conducted where experienced tour leaders (most from a scientific background) explain the flora and fauna of the area, often illustrated by lectures on board the vessel. The size, capacity and capability of their ice-strengthened vessels are tailor made to these cruises and as the number of guests on board is limited from 20 to 116 passengers, Oceanwide offers a friendly, intimate atmosphere. 

Oceanwide Expeditions - Destinations

  • Antarctica Explore the magical scenery and remote and amazing places in Antarctica and the South & Mid Atlantic Islands. These are some of the last unspoiled regions of the world. Experience the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife and see magnificent icebergs in the white continent.
  • The Arctic The land of the midnight sun, of snow and ice and the land of the stunning Northern lights. The Arctic region is  blessed with stunning natural beauty including geysers and mud pools as well as magnificent glaciers and stunning waterfalls. Catch a glimpse of whales, or seals, or maybe glorious snow-covered mountains, or if you are lucky,  the elusive Northern Lights.
  • Greenland A cruise in Greenland is a fantastic experience of nature and an adventure for the senses. Visit the kingdom of icebergs with barren but beautiful wilderness and colossal icebergs calved into the sea. Explore stunning fjords, lush meadows and witness a variety of animal life under the Midnight Sun.
  • Spitsbergen Spitsbergen is the land of the polar bear. It is a Norwegian Arctic archipelago, and its  Norwegian name is Svalbard. Remote and mysterious, Spitsbergen is forged by ice, wind and sea.  It is the largest wilderness area  in Europe and has some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world. 

Our Ships

The ice-strengthened Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.


The 'Rembrandt van Rijn' is a 3 mast schooner and is well suited for expedition cruising among the fjords of Greenland. It is perfect for Sailing in the Greenland fjords and exploring remote locations.


m/v Hondius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions. A sizable observation lounge, fully provisioned bar, and separate library room guarantee that what time you spend on board will be spent comfortably entertained.


M/v “Plancius” was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy but was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea).


The S/V Nooderlicht is well suited for sailing among small islands and offer good open deck viewing areas. It Sails around Spitsbergen and the Lofoten island and is perfect for exploring remote locations and spotting wildlife.