Ortelius

Oceanwide Expeditions
The Ortelius
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Dining area aboard the Ortelius.
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Ortelius' dining area.
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The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
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Theater aboard the Ortelius.
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Buffet aboard the Ortelius.
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Bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
A zodiac landing on remote shores
Around Spitsbergen
Embark on this voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, Walrus, Reindeer, various bird species and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the Ortelius, cruise the Arctic shores on this polar expedition cruise.
  • 10 days
  • $4900 - $9400 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Andoya, Phippsoya, Laagoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Freemansundet, …
A single home in the desolate arctic.
Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
A 10 night arctic cruise around Spitsbergen including Kvitøya, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, Walruss, Reindeer, various bird species and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the expedition vessel, the Ortelius, cruise the remote …
  • 11 days
  • $5500 - $10350 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Phippsoya, Freemansundet, Hornsund, Ytre Norskøya Island, Raudfjord, Kvitøya, …
Voyage to the remote Bouvet Island on your polar expedition cruise
Bouvet Island
Voyage to Bouvet Island - once believed to be completely inaccessible. In 2006 the Ortelius managed to land there successfully with some most adventurous passengers. Return to this remote outpost on an unforgettable opportunity in 2015. The first leg of …
  • 29 days
  • $10490 - $17200 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Antarctica, Africa, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ascension Island, St. Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, …
Hiking the arctic tundra.
East Greenland, Scoresby Sund & Basecamp Ortelius
A voyage to the Scoresby Sund and witness the Aurora Borealis while cruising the shores of East Greenland and more. This Basecamp Ortelius departure offers the opportunity to ski, hike, snowshoe and more the tundra of Greenland on an epic Arctic cruise.
  • 8 days
  • $3850 - $7400 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruising, Light Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Iceland, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Scoresby Land, Akureyri, Itoqqortoormitt, Danmarkso, Volquart Boons Coast, Sydkap, …
Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 20-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, pay your respects at Shackleton's grave, and embark on this voyage voted #1 to …
  • 20 days
  • $11850 - $19800 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, …
A mother bear and her two cubs
North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, this Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured …
  • 8 days
  • $3850 - $7400 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Andoya, Phippsoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Raudfjord, Prins Karls Forland
Colorful flora of Spitsbergen
Northeast Greenland
An arctic voyage starting in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland and ending in Akureyri (Iceland). Aboard the expedition vessel the Ortelius, cruise the polar waters of Greenland and Spitsbergen on this unforgettable …
  • 13 days
  • $6000 - $11850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Longyearbyen, Scoresbysund, Reykjavik, Raudfjord, Myggebugten, Blomster Bugt, …
Sea kayaking in Antarctica
Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula
On this exciting voyage sail further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. Aboard the ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius, cruise where few have gone past the Polar Circle, viewing the flora and fauna of Antarctic Peninsula and many more …
  • 12 days
  • $7800 - $12750 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Deception Island Antarctica, Lemaire Channel, …
Surfacing Humback Whales
Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Campbell Island …
  • 32 days
  • $24950 - $39750 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruising, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Pacific, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, New Zealand, Ross Sea, Peter I Island, Argentina, Patagonia, …
Beautiful King Penguins
Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
During this Antarctic voyage three days are reserved to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. If succeeded in the first two days, an alternative landing in the Weddell Sea on the third day may be offered. If successful, this will be a fascinating …
  • 11 days
  • $11300 - $17655 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruising, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Deception Island Antarctica
A humpback whale breaches the polar waters
Whale Safari - Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
The Scottish waters offer excellent possibilities to spot Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise. Several other cetaceans, including Orca (Killer Whale), are also native to these waters. Enjoy this polar whale safari from the Scottish …
  • 12 days
  • $2100 - $4100 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Jan Mayen, Norway, Scotland, Netherlands, Aberdeen, Longyearbyen, Shetland Islands, Raudfjord, …
Spot the Minke whale
Whale Safari - Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
The Scottish waters offer excellent possibilities to spot Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise. Several other cetaceans, including Orca (Killer Whale), are also native to these waters. Enjoy this polar whale safari from the Scottish …
  • 10 days
  • $1900 - $3750 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Jan Mayen, Norway, Scotland, Aberdeen, Longyearbyen, Shetland Islands, Raudfjord, Prins Karls Forland, …

The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.

“Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. “Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. Voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

The vessel offers basic but comfortable cabins and public spaces. The cabin lay-out is as follows: 5 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins); 23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths; 10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths; 6 superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room, and 1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. All cabins are spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.

Ortelius' Quadruple Twin Cabin
Quadruple Porthole
5 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Ortelius' Twin Porthole Cabin
Twin Porthole
23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Ortelius' Twin Window Cabin
Twin Window
10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Ortelius' Superior Day Room
Superior
6 superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Ortelius' Suite Living Room
Suite
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Deck plans of the Ortelius