Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

Ask Dr. Tom Hart, Penguinologist

Quark Expeditions is excited to announce the return of Dr. Tom Hart, Penguinologist, to the Quark offices this week! He’ll be dropping by to chat about all things penguin-related…with you! We’re setting up a live web chat with Dr. Hart this Thursday, June 13th at 12:00pm EST and you’re the special guest. Got a burning penguin-related question that demands answering? Wonder how one becomes an expert in the field of [...]

Penguin Highway

Make way for the penguin highway! Penguins create these little trails while moving up and down from the water to their colonies, carefully stepping around each other when necessary. It is very important to always give penguins the right of way in Antarctica – we are just there to visit and observe!  

Moody Deception Island

This shot of Whaler’s Bay, Deception Island in Antarctica in stark black and white really evokes a sense of Antarctic history.  Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on our November 2012 Explorers & Kings voyage. Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things [...]

Explore Greenland

From unique cultures and rare wildlife to majestic landscapes and towering icescapes, Greenland is beyond imagination. Describing Greenland as multicultural might seem a little unorthodox, however when you learn about its rich Viking history, the journey of the Dorset people, as well as the Greenlandic people and the Danish immigrants, you’ll agree that Greenland is a melting pot of old and new mores. Visiting communities big (up to 5000 residents) [...]

Reasons to visit East Greenland

If Greenland is known for one thing, it is probably its amazing views of the Aurora Borealis. Known to most as the “Northern Lights,” this majestic display of natural light in the northern sky is breathtaking to say the least. The Greenlandic people believe the dancing of the Northern Lights are their “ancestors’ spirits playing football [soccer] in the sky.” Some of the best displays in August and September can [...]

Giveaway: Signed "Chasing Ice" poster

It’s #IcePhoto Wednesday so to celebrate, we’re giving away 4 copies of  the official “Chasing Ice” movie poster, signed by director Jeff Orlowski! Jeff Orlowski is a special guest aboard our Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires voyage in 2014, which features the first ever Floating Polar Film Festival!  You can read more about this exciting 22 day voyage and the film festival right here.   To be entered to [...]

King penguin chicks

Today’s photo comes from passenger Judith Conning who says  ”I thought you might like one of my favourite images from South Georgia/Antarctica 2008.  About time I did another trip.” We’d love to have you join us again Judith! Thanks for sending in your photo! If you’d like to see the incredible king penguin colonies of South Georgia, we recommend our Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica voyage – a photographer’s dream!

Glacier Calving

A dramatic moment captured as  a glacier calves during a Three Arctic Islands expedition in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Frede Hansen. Glacier or ice calving is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier and is often preceded by a loud cracking sound similar to thunder! You can read one passenger’s firsthand experience on this voyage right here. Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post [...]

To the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

We sat down with Quark’s Polar Travel Manager Terri Chalmers and asked her to tell us a little bit about her Three Arctic Islands voyage with us last fall. She also shared a few of her favourite photos from the voyage – thanks Terri!  Thinking of taking this expedition? Read all about it from the eyes of a Quark passenger below!     Name: Terri Chalmers Job title: Polar Travel [...]

Antarctica's fiercest predator

A perfect portrait of an Antarctic ambassador, captured by a Quark passenger on our Antarctic Explorer voyage in Feb 2013. Leopard seals (named as such for their characteristic spotted coats), are one of the primary predators in Antarctica. In the wild they can survive up to 15 years, and are considered the most fearsome of all seal species. In this video  from National Geographic Live, Photographer Paul Nicklen describes how he [...]