Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Helly Hansen: The Captain of Polar Fashion

In cooler temperatures, warm becomes the new black.  No other brand has stood the test of time in polar fashion stronger than trailblazer, Helly Hansen. The brand started back in 1877 when Norwegian Captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Margarethe began producing jackets, trousers, sou’westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. Fast forward to the 20th century, Helly Hansen has continued to make several huge fabric [...]

Sea Spirit: The Ultimate in Comfort Expedition

Polar expeditions, by nature, are meant to be immersive, explorative adventures enabling passengers to truly get up close and personal with the wildlife and nature of these remote destinations.  Some say that the key difference with expedition travel is that it’s all about the destination – not the ship. However, all Polar exploration ships are not created equal. True expedition should not come at the cost of personal comfort; the [...]

Part 2: Greenland Explorer update from Expedition Leader Alex McNeil

The second update installment from Alex McNeil, Quark  Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer.  Our time amongst the Viking spirits was over we headed north and prepared people for our first visit to an Inuit community. An extensive recap highlighted the cultural, social, and economical aspects of these communities. People were excited to visit this remote outpost and move into the next phase of our journey. Yes, I have broken this trip [...]

Part 1: Greenland Explorer update from Expedition Leader Alex McNeil

Below is an insightful update from Alex McNeil, who is  Quark’s  Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer.  Alex has a strong passion for the polar regions, and has traveled extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic, completing nearly 100 expeditions: Things have been going incredibly well. Everything we have been able to do has far exceeded even my own expectations for this voyage. We have been able to identify and take [...]

Top 5 reasons to visit the North Pole!

1. Be one of 250 people each year to stand on top of the world 2.  Hear the sound multi-year ice breaking  aboard a Nuclear powered icebreaker ship 3. Sip champagne and toast at 90 degrees north 4. Encounter arctic wildlife and see polar bears in Franz Josef Land 5. Walk or take a helicopter ride at the North Pole   Traveling to the Arctic is without a doubt a life [...]

Guest Post: Antarctica through the Eyes of an Arctic Aficionado by Andrew White

As someone who has truly been bitten by the Arctic bug, I was chomping at the bit to see Antarctica. And as the newest member of the Quark sales team, I was looking forward to seeing a Quark expedition in action. Like most salespeople it is easier to sell something you have experienced and even easier if you are genuinely passionate about it. Would it stack up to my experiences [...]

10 things you didn't know about the walrus!

1. A walrus can hold it’s breathe under water for up to 30 minutes. 2. The adult male walrus can weigh from 900kg to 1400kg (2000 to 3000lbs) and can grow to 12ft in length. 3. Although the walruses body looks bald, it’s actually covered with a thin layer of fur. 4. The tusks of the male walrus can weight over 3 pounds each. 5. The walruses scientific name, ‘Odobenus rosmarus’, is [...]

Part 2: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John’s full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class.  While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had [...]

Hot Docs & Quark Expeditions: First-ever Polar Floating Film Festivial

Talk about a milestone here at Quark Expeditions! Eight documentaries have been selected by Hot Docs for the first-ever Polar Floating Film Festival.  Starting November 2, 2013 the films will be featured on the Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage.   “Quark is continually striving to provide its passengers with unique experiences when traveling to the Polar Regions,” said Hans [...]

Part 1: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John’s full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class.  While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had [...]