Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

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, [...]

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 [...]

I left my heart in Uummannaq: Greenland with Acacia Johnson

By: Acacia Johnson   I first watched Uummannaq appear from the sea. In the golden haze of morning light, a single spire loomed silhouetted on the horizon; icebergs filling the ocean ahead. Mountains lined both side of the ship, purple in the glow of dawn, glaciers zigzagging their way towards the sea. As the sun’s rays began to pour over the land, the colorful houses of Uummannaq came into view, [...]

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 [...]