Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

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.

Welcome to the North Pole!

A polar bear appears to wave lazily at passing Quark Expeditions passengers: “Welcome to the North Pole!” Photo from the passenger slideshow, “Voyage to the North Pole” 24 June to 6 July 2011. Be one of only 250 people to stand at the top of the world in 2013! Join us on Russian icebreaker 50 Years of Victory as we head to 90 degrees north. Got an ice photo of your own [...]

Future Sled Dog

A future sled dog ready for training, captured by a Quark passenger on one of our Greenland voyages!   Crazy for Greenland? Quark Expeditions offers a variety of Greenland voyages which you can read about right here! Don’t forget to follow our Quark Loves Greenland board on Pinterest, and enter for a chance to win a Greenland voyage for two in our Quark Loves Greenland contest!

What Photography Gear you should bring to Antarctica?

By Dave Bouskill , photographer and the male half of the travel couple The Planet D. So you have made the leap. Congratulations, you have bought your ticket to Antarctica. Now the hard part starts. What camera gear are you going to bring to capture this beautiful landscape and its wildlife? I faced the same question before my own trip with Quark Expeditions. After endless days of research, talking to [...]

Iceberg facts

A few interesting facts about icebergs today, courtesy of the National Snow & Ice Data Center! What exactly is an Iceberg? Icebergs are pieces of ice that formed on land and float in an ocean or lake.  Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, from ice-cube-sized chunks to ice islands the size of a small country.  The term “iceberg” refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) [...]