Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Summer Solstice in Antarctica – Like Nowhere Else on Earth

Feature photo courtesy of Quark passenger Mitch.  In Northern Europe, they call it Midsummer, or St. John’s Day, after the early Christian martyr John the Baptist. The Japanese take to the streets to celebrate their much-loved solar goddess Amaterasu (Shinto) each July. In Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of the Summer Solstice; to the ancient Romans, goddess Juno was responsible for the one day each year with more daylight [...]

Quark Expeditions’ Guide to Explore Human Connection to the Arctic Landscape This Winter

Artist and photographer Acacia Johnson is all set to join Quark Expeditions as a guide and photography lecturer in the Arctic this season. Even before she joins us, Johnson is looking towards the winter, when she’ll stay on in the Arctic to work on Into Indigo, her exploration in images of the profound human connection to the mythic winter landscape of the Canadian Arctic. Johnson will stay a full season [...]

Greenland's World Cup Fever Lasts All Year Long: Get in the Game!

Quark passengers and crew join locals in a game of football in Nuuk, Greenland in 2013. A number of things come to mind when we think of Greenland: stunning vistas, spectacular Northern Lights and awe-inspiring fjords among them. But football [a.k.a. soccer in North America]? Visitors might be surprised to learn that football is a year-round sport here, with World Cup fever alive and well. Even in the coldest winter [...]

Voyage Update: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

Fresh From The Sea!  Expedition Leader Woody, currently leading Spitsbergen Circumnavigation, shares his exciting voyage update from the Sea Spirit: “What a morning!  Arrived early near Torellneset and spotted a polar bear and two cubs. As the breakfast was almost set on the table we ventured out in perfect blue sky conditions. The mother and cubs strolled to the waters edge where they slept and occasionally wandered about.  Later in [...]

The South Sandwich Islands

Written by Dr. Tom Hart, Penguinologist, Oxford University, UK. Tom runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London, through which he monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. Tom’s PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia. He loves the world’s cold places and is passionate about protecting them. Tom loves all [...]

Quark Expeditions Supports Vivienne Westwood's "Save the Arctic" Campaign

Celebrity  image credit: Andy Gotts and Quark images staff by Lisa McLean. This Arctic travel season, Quark Expeditions’ Arctic voyages passengers and staff will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and important campaign to save the Arctic. Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has enlisted the support of superstars George Clooney, Chris Martin and Paloma Faith for her “Save the Arctic” campaign, part of the larger Climate Revolution movement. In [...]

A study on climate change & declining penguin populations

At Quark Expeditions, we are proud to partner with scientists who are leading their fields in boots-on-the-ground research. In addition to some of the more famous explorers we’ve welcomed aboard as Resident Experts, year after year we have the pleasure of welcoming Oxford Biology Department researchers and penguinologists, Dr. Tom Hart and Gemma Clucas. Throughout their roughly 15 Antarctic expeditions with us, Hart and Clucas have gathered genetic samples, data [...]

Win a Cover Feature, Cool Prizes & Bragging Rights in Quark's Cover Photo Contest

We’re working on our 2015.16 Quark Expeditions brochure and want YOU to help us create the perfect polar-themed cover! We’re accepting polar-region photo submissions and public votes until July 20, when 12 semi-finalist photos will be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges. Three winners will take home amazing prizes (and bragging rights) and have their work featured in our brochure, with the grand prize winner gracing the cover! If [...]

5 Reasons to Visit Antarctica Early in the Summer Expedition Season

Each person has their own unique and personal reasons for visiting Antarctica. For some, it’s the culmination of a lifelong quest to visit one of the most remote, pristine destinations on the planet. Others have been before and fell in love with the rare wildlife viewing, the untouched icescapes or the spectacle of ever-changing glaciers dotting the rugged coastline. Whatever your motivation, there are definite benefits to visiting Antarctica early [...]

Meet the Muskox, Greenland's Gentle Giant

When we think of Greenland, a formidable, rocky and barren span inhospitable to life comes to mind. However, it is far from that! Greenland’s pristine Arctic wilderness is rich with wildlife, both land and water-borne. Passengers on our 14-day East Greenland expedition have a unique opportunity to view animals few will ever see outside of a zoo in their natural habitat, including Greenland’s largest land mammal, the muskox. Muskox stand [...]