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Arctic Expeditions

The Arctic – still one of the last frontiers on earth. It is the place of Viking conquest and boasts a rich collection of wildlife, including the polar bear, walrus, musk ox and narwhal. Unlike Antarctica, the Arctic region is home to small communities of people who have developed some of the hardiest societies on the planet.

The region spans the Arctic Ocean and covers land areas in parts of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and the United States (Alaska) as well as Sweden and Finland.

Quark Expeditions has been the world leader in polar adventures for over two decades and successfully operated many first-ever trips here, including the first Transpolar Bridge across the North Pole, and the first Northeast Passage.

  • 13 days
    from 10300

    In the far north of Russia is the icy realm of Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote and raw archipelagos in the world. Discovered less than 150 years ago, it is comprised of about 192 islands and is home to the walrus, polar bear, seal, arctic fox and beluga whale, as well as rich birdlife. Now considered a nature reserve within the Russian Arctic National Park administration, it is visited by few people, and the landscapes of the islands are still dotted with relics from famous explorers of the past.

  • 13 days
    from 10800

    Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and its inhabitants offer you a rare connection to the past with their tradition of living off the land just as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

  • 13 days
    from 10800

    The world’s largest fjord system of Scoresbysund, majestic Greenland National Park, the vivid display of Northern Lights, and the Inuit settlement and people of Ittoqqortoormiit combine to make this a picture-perfect, comprehensive expedition

  • 10 days
    from 8100

    For those short on time, the benefits of this expedition are many. You’ll witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system of Scoresbysund, discover the fascinating Inuit settlements and people of Ittoqqortoormiit, and have the possibility of viewing some of the world’s most vivid displays of Northern Lights.

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    On this epic 75-day circumnavigation you will travel in true expedition style on the mighty Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker. Discover the fabled Northeast Passage, explore Northern Greenland where you will attempt to make polar history, travel through the best of the Canadian High Arctic and journey through the Northwest Passage, all while enjoying astounding aerial views afforded by Khlebnikov’s two on-board helicopters.

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    Two voyage make up this semi-circumnavigation of the High Arctic; from the calving glaciers of Ilulissat to the petrified forests of Ellesmere Island to whalebone arches on Ittygran, Russia, this voyage is ideal for those seeking an in-depth, authentic expedition that traverses the full Northwest Passage (Greenland to Russia).

  • 18 days
    from 19795

    From quiet coastal towns to authentic Inuit communities to awe-inspiring Ilulissat, this voyage is ideal for those seeking an in-depth, authentic expedition to the less discovered areas of the Arctic. Truly off the beaten path.

  • 26 days
    from 29995

    On the fabled Northeast Passage, travelers will encounter thick pack ice, unique geological formations and the fascinating cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. On-board helicopters and the Khlebnikov’s sheer icebreaking force combine to take you to some of the most magnificent regions of the world others dare not sail.

  • 21 days
    from 23495

    Northeast Greenland is one of the most isolated regions in the world. The lush tundra supports herds of musk oxen, and shore landings offer excellent hiking and photographic opportunities.

  • 18 days
    from 20695

    On this special icebreaker expedition of the Northwest Passage, you’ll witness first-hand the haunting beauty of the northern wilderness, wildlife and culture. Be prepared to encounter every type of Arctic wildlife, including whales, seals, polar bears, and sea birds as have a chance to immerse yourself in northern culture with visits to Canadian Inuit and Russian Yupik and Chuckchi communities.

  • 8 or 10 days
    from 8300

    Spend a week exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada. Situated 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography thanks to 24 hours of daylight.

  • 13 days
    from 8800

    On this adventure, we’ll explore some of the most isolated regions in the world as our small
    ship and Zodiacs take us to areas that are otherwise inaccessible. The unrivaled natural beauty
    of these remote lands is simply breathtaking: you can’t help but marvel at the red heart-shaped mountain of Uummannaq, the soaring rock faces of the Sam Ford Fjord, the freshly calved
    bergs in the Ilulissat Icefjord, and the sheer ruggedness of islands inhabited only by iconic arctic creatures such as walrus and polar bears. In one mystical expedition, you’ll experience the wonder of the wilderness of these two historic islands.

  • Northern Light
    14 days
    from 11400

    If your “bucket list” includes seeing the sky dance of the Northern Lights - this is the tour for you. The autumn and winter skies above Greenland’s eastern coast are renowned for putting on some of the best Aurora displays in the world and you’ll also explore the magnificent Scorsebysund fjord.

  • 13 days
    from 9000

    An exploration of historic Canadian and Greenlandic sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife and Inuit culture equals one amazing Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.

  • 18 days
    from 12200

    This 18-day arctic adventure is an in-depth exploration of historic, remote regions of Iceland, Greenland and Canada, venturing to some of the most picturesque places on the planet.

  • 9 days
    from 7000

    This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land.

  • Join the exclusive club
    14 days
    from 37300

    To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget.

  • 3 days
    from 27100

    A privileged few have ever stayed at Barneo Ice Camp, a private functioning science and logistics station established annually from scratch on a shifting ice floe. And for 2016, a select group of passengers can take part in this unique 3-day expedition which features an overnight stay at this extraordinary seasonal basecamp before heading to the top of the world.

    Guests at Barneo include international scientists and researchers, ice pilots, polar skiers and free divers. Stays at Barneo include Antonov AN-74 and Mi-8 helicopter flights, landing on a frozen runway and a celebration at the North Pole.

  • 20 days
    from 16600

    For centuries, fortune-seekers risked their lives to find the Northwest Passage, the fabled sea route running between Europe and Asia.

  • 20 days
    from 16600

    On this active expedition, we’ll visit some of the main highlights of the fabled Northwest Passage, a sea route long-known to sailors around the world for its formidable channels.

  • 15 days
    from 11400

    This mystical expedition cruise of the northern Atlantic offers a fascinating blend of Scottish and Norse history, and provides rich culture and wildlife experiences, including rare opportunities that will delight birders. We will explore the medieval art, architecture and archaeology of Britain’s northernmost archipelagos of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, and discover contemporary life and Viking history there, before continuing to picturesque Bergen.

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    13 days
    from 10100

    Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which we will attempt to circumnavigate on this voyage.

  • See iconic arctic Wildlife
    11 days
    from 8500

    If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and Walrus.

  • 13 days
    from 10800

    Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and on this voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations.

  • Frederik Valley
    13 or 14 days
    from 8700

    This award-winning expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway.

  • 12 days
    from 9700

    Venture from Tromsø deeper into the Arctic Circle past iconic fjords towards the usually ice-bound Svalbard Archipelago.