Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

Antarctica bound: Books for the passionate polar buff

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Quark Expeditions (aside from “What do I pack? and “Any tips for handling the Drake Passage?”) is what our recommended reading for Antarctica is. When preparing for their journey south, excited history-buffs often want to read all about past explorers and get into the polar mindset. Victoria Salem, Historian aboard the Sea Spirit during our Antarctic voyages has put [...]

Guest Post: To Antarctica with Jonathan Shackleton

A Guest post from Falcon Scott   Making a journey to Antarctica is a lifetime experience for anyone, but once you’ve been it actually draws you back. It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes you feel this way. Even after three adventures to the Antarctic, every trip has been like my first – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   For me, one could say it comes naturally as my [...]

King of South Georgia

An Antarctic fur seal in South Georgia reclines, surveying his land. Thanks to Dr. Samantha Crimmin who submitted this photo from her South Georgia and Falklands voyage with us!

Spitsbergen Circumnavigation - voyage update!

Great update sent to us today from our Spitsbergen Circumnavigation voyage, currently in progress:   “Last night we camped at Hornsund. All went well and for the campers we enjoyed a bonus walk, a beluga visit at the landing beach where we gathered to enjoy views of adults and young and then mist and sunshine created a colourful rainbow over our campers.  Today while sailing into Brepolle, we spotted a [...]

Penguins and sea kayaks

In this photo,  an Antarctic local carefully navigates some rocks, sea kayakers and a Quark ship in the background. Looks like a perfect day in Antarctica!  Feeling adventurous? Amp up your voyage with one of Quark’s adventure options. With seven activities to choose from, there’s something for every level of excitement. Have a look at our  interactive Adventure opinions brochure today! Photo credit: Elsa Got an ice photo of your own [...]

Fun facts about an Antarctic voyage

Two Antarctic ambassadors on ice! Photo by passenger “BryantDuncan” from the Quark passenger slideshow on the November 30th 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage aboard the M/V Ocean Diamond. Fun Facts from this voyage: Distance travelled-3,344.9 km Or-1,794.5 nm (nautical miles) Eggs consumed- 450 dozen or 5,400 Guests-181 Crew-91 Expedition Staff-21+ 2 Penguin Dudes From Nationalities-37 Travel days-10 Sea days-4 Lectures, talks and other entertainments-35 Yoga sessions-10 Glasses of Wine Consumed-1,300 And one [...]

Guest Post: 24 Hours in Longyearbyen

 If you’re planning to take one of our wildlife-intense Spitsbergen voyages, you’ll find yourself in Longyearbyen, Svalbard before embarkation on your trip. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard, Norway, and is considered the world’s northernmost town.  Award-winning travel blogger Jennifer Dombrowski of  jdombstravels.com shares her tips on the best ways to spend 24 hours in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.   Svalbard’s only town with more than a handful of inhabitants, Longyearbyen, is a city of northernmosts. [...]

An Iceberg Graveyard

Today’s ice photo is from the iceberg graveyard in Pleneau Bay, Antarctica – a place where icebergs have run aground and are slowly melting. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo here! According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “Icebergs form when chunks of ice calve, or break off, from glaciers, ice shelves, or a larger iceberg. Icebergs travel with ocean currents, sometimes smashing up against the shore or getting [...]

1000 Places To See Before You Die Contest

Love travel and discovering new and exciting places? We are giving away FIVE copies of the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz.  Simply “like” Quark Expeditions on facebook and enter to win- and make sure you’re on track to see the best the world has to offer! We are excited to announce that Patricia Schultz, well known travel journalist and author of “1,000 Places to See Before You [...]

Featured passenger photo: Spitsbergen Cruising

This photo was sent to us by passenger Lotte Furlong, who recently traveled with us on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Lotte was kind enough to send us a few fantastic photos from her expedition, and had this to say about her trip: “It was an amazing trip! The expedition staff was phenomenal. I would recommend it to anyone and I can’t wait to book Antarctica.” Thanks Lotte! We can’t wait [...]