Polar-Passionate 'Citizen Scientists' Invited to Participate in Antarctic Penguin Watch Project

This coming December and January, Quark Expeditions passengers on select Antarctic voyages will have a unique opportunity to witness polar preservation research in action. Dr. Tom Hart, Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, will join Quark Expeditions on the Antarctic Explorer and Scotia Arc trips to continue his research for the Penguin Lifelines project. Founded by Hart, Penguin Lifelines is a collaborative effort between Oxford University, ZSL, Oceanites, [...]

5 Spectacular South Atlantic & Antarctic Bucket List Beaches

  Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands aren’t widely known as beach destinations. Yet for the adventurous traveler yearning for something a little different, these not-so-hot spots could be just the ticket! Here are five chilly beaches that need to be added to your bucket list:   Deception Island Black sand stretches as far as the eye can see on this popular cruise ship landing site. At one time, [...]

In the Footsteps of Franklin: Canadian Team Discovers Lost Franklin Expedition Ship

Feature photo:  Bettman/Corbis After more than 160 years of searching, the Government of Canada announced this week that a Canadian team has located one of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic exploration ships, just off King William Island. “I am delighted to announce that this year’s Victoria Strait Expedition has solved one of Canada’s greatest mysteries, with the discovery of one of the two ships belonging to the Franklin Expedition lost [...]

Low-Light Photography Tips for Epic Northern Lights & Starscape Pics in Polar Regions

  Imagine vast expanses of sky, free from air and light pollution, with even low magnitude stars are visible to the naked eye and a dizzying array of lights dance overhead. The polar regions are home to some of the most fantastic and original photography opportunities on the planet. However, conditions can make these areas among the most challenging for photographers, as well. We’ve discussed how to protect your photographic [...]