Greenland's World Cup Fever Lasts All Year Long: Get in the Game!

Quark passengers and crew join locals in a game of football in Nuuk, Greenland in 2013. A number of things come to mind when we think of Greenland: stunning vistas, spectacular Northern Lights and awe-inspiring fjords among them. But football [a.k.a. soccer in North America]? Visitors might be surprised to learn that football is a year-round sport here, with World Cup fever alive and well. Even in the coldest winter [...]

The South Sandwich Islands

Written by Dr. Tom Hart, Penguinologist, Oxford University, UK. Tom runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London, through which he monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. Tom’s PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia. He loves the world’s cold places and is passionate about protecting them. Tom loves all [...]

Win a Cover Feature, Cool Prizes & Bragging Rights in Quark's Cover Photo Contest

We’re working on our 2015.16 Quark Expeditions brochure and want YOU to help us create the perfect polar-themed cover! We’re accepting polar-region photo submissions and public votes until July 20, when 12 semi-finalist photos will be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges. Three winners will take home amazing prizes (and bragging rights) and have their work featured in our brochure, with the grand prize winner gracing the cover! If [...]

Voyage Update: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

Fresh From The Sea!  Expedition Leader Woody, currently leading Spitsbergen Circumnavigation, shares his exciting voyage update from the Sea Spirit: “What a morning!  Arrived early near Torellneset and spotted a polar bear and two cubs. As the breakfast was almost set on the table we ventured out in perfect blue sky conditions. The mother and cubs strolled to the waters edge where they slept and occasionally wandered about.  Later in [...]