Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

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 [...]

10 things you might not have known about penguins

Our Ice Photo today is from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on the December 9, 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage. Who doesn’t love penguins?! 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About… PENGUINS They can jump straight out of the water onto the land. Baby Adelie penguins grow the fastest of all penguins. Leopard seals are their biggest enemy. King Penguins can weigh up to 30 pounds. Penguins lie on their belly and [...]

Quark Expeditions Announces 2014 - 2015 Antarctic Season

33 departures featuring two extended “Epic” voyages Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, today announced the company’s Antarctic 2014-2015 season. Highlights of the season include two extended voyages that will offer passengers Southern Ocean and Antarctica once-in-a-lifetime adventures in and around the 7th continent. With 33 departures starting November 5, 2014, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.   New Expedition Added Antarctica’s Scotia Arc: The [...]

Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory

Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole. [Waterbury, VT] – July 2, 2013 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, has just successfully reached the geographic North Pole for the 46th time as part of its first voyage of the 2013 Arctic season. It took only four days from Murmansk, Russia, to the North Pole. The 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel [...]

Polar bear snow bath

Although they are often placed together in cartoons and drawings, it is a common misconception that polar bears and penguins live in the same polar environments. Polar Bears can be found in five nations: U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. Luckily for penguins, polar bears do not live in Antarctica. Our #IcePhoto today is from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated [...]

Romantic Antarctica

Did you know that we’ve had lots of proposals, and even a few weddings on our polar voyages? Antarctica, the North Pole, or the Arctic are all perfect settings for that special moment in your life…talk about making it unforgettable!   Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow, Antarctic Explorer voyage, December 2012. Interested in making your voyage a little more special? Speak to one of our Polar Travel Advisers [...]

Chinstrap penguin ballet

We can’t help but smile at this photo of a rather elegant-looking chinstrap penguin taken at Half Moon Island, Antarctica.  Approximately 2000 pairs of chinstraps live at Half Moon Island, though whether or not they are all as graceful as this guy remains to be determined.   Photo credit:  Daniel and Femke, during our Antarctic Explorer voyage in January 2013.