Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

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 [...]

Lunchtime in the Arctic

A polar bear looks up at a passing ship full of Quark passengers. This polar bear has just finished having himself what looks like quite the meal!   Photo by passenger Melissa on our September 4, 2012 “Three Arctic Islands” voyage, named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime” in 2011.   Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with [...]

The Antarctic – you absolutely have to go!!!

Photographer Christine Bernasconi traveled to Antarctica with Quark this past season and has put together an incredible summary of her experience. She’s agreed to let us share it here – thanks Christine! “The ship carried 114 passengers of which 49 of them were Australian. Being such a small group meant great friendships were formed early. We were all linked by the same thread – an adventurous nature and the desire to experience [...]

Baby gentoo penguin shows off a little sole

A juvenile gentoo penguin chick lays on he ground, cooling off. Looks like this guy has a lot of …sole! (sorry for that terrible pun!) Gentoo Penguins can grow up to 30 inches tall and weigh up to 13 pounds. They tend to gather in large colonies of breeding pairs, sometimes many thousands of pairs! They are clumsy on land but speedy and graceful once in the water and can swim up [...]

Kayaking in Antarctica, gliding through the ice

A really great perspective photo on what it’s like kayaking through ice in Antarctica! You can almost imagine yourself there right now if you look really close… Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on our Fly the Drake voyage, February 2013. 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 [...]

Camping in Antarctica

Camping with the incredible scenery of Antarctica as backdrop – one for everyone’s bucket list!  Stay cozy in camping equipment specially designed for cold temperatures, the soundtrack of seals and penguins lulling you to sleep (or perhaps keeping you awake!). Interested in this experience of a life time? Contact one of our polar travel advisers for more details!    Photo by Phil Wickens, Nov 2012.