Stand-up Paddleboarding: A Unique New Perspective on Antarctic Adventure

Beginning in the 2015.16 Antarctic travel season, Quark Expeditions passengers can participate in a fun, exhilarating new adventure: Stand-up Paddleboarding (also known as SUP). Popular in warmer climes, we’re offering this combination of surfing and canoeing or kayaking in the Antarctic, to give visitors a unique perspective on the pristine, untouched land and waterscape. Even though the watersport started in Hawaii, it’s not limited to tropical areas.  one of the world’s [...]

Arctic Quest: Colin Stump recounts his thrilling Arctic adventure

Written by Colin Stump. Social media has drowned us in superlatives. Amazing, OMG, fantastic, awesome, etc etc. So, how can I possibly recount a recent adventure in the Arctic without recourse to the same? Perhaps I should focus on the professionalism of our expedition team, the guys and gals from Quark Expeditions. These are the folks who variously hunt out the best wildlife viewing opportunities, lead hikes in polar bear [...]

Spotlight on Port Lockroy: A Living Museum & Haven for Gentoo Penguins

Tucked away in a natural harbour on Goudier Island, on the western shores of Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy is a popular stop on our Antarctic Explorer voyages as well as Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North and other Antarctic expeditions. Home to an abandoned British naval base-turned-museum, Port Lockroy is designated a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty, located off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Visitors [...]

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 [...]