Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

A year on South Georgia: Sam Crimmin, Quark Expeditions Doctor

“If you were to take a giant caring knife, slice along beneath on of the highest mountain ridges of Switzerland, just where the huge glaciers tumble into the valley below, and then drop your slice of mountain, dripping with sugar-icing, into the sea, I think you would get a fair idea of the place. For it is long and narrow and everywhere the snow covered mountains rise straight from the water, reaching near the centre [...]

Greenland Explorer Part 2: Guest blog from Lynsey Devon

Whilst on our outing, an exploration on land was in order, so we paddlers left our boats with Dave the zodiac driving guru and ventured on to land to check out the abandoned village. It was a great start to the voyage’s kayaking program with the vixen of a kayak leader, Val Lubrik.  Chatting with Val, it was easy to see that she was impassioned about why this is such [...]

Greenland Explorer Part 1: Guest blog from Lynsey Devon

More ice than I knew what to do with by Lynsey Devon As I rested on the shores of Reykjavik at Harpa, Reykjavik’s spectacular new music hall on the harbor, I immersed myself in contemporary Scandinavian architecture under the blazing August sun. My embarkation time was approaching and like a game of peekaboo, a large sign offering me a fishing trip was skewing my view of the ship; I was [...]

Conversation with Shackleton and Scott

On Oct.10 2013 Quark  Expeditions hosted a webinar with descendants of famed Polar explorers, Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Captain Robert Falcon Scott).  Together they speak about about their ancestors’ Antarctic explorations, their successes and failures. Click on the link below and listen about the rich history between Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott through the eyes of their descendants! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT513UE498E     [...]

Ushuaia: Meet the Quark Ground Team!

The Quark Ground Team (stationed in Ushuaia, Argentina) is an invaluable extension of both the Quark onboard expeditions team as well as the head office team, and the only one of its kind with an office stationed at the jumping off point for Antarctica. I recently had a chance to speak with Marcelo Vanecek via phone during one of his regularly busy days in-and-out of the office. Marcelo is Quark’s Ushuaia [...]

A day in the life: Spitsbergen, Arctic

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on an Arctic expedition?  This video gives you an intimate snapshot of a day in the life of one of our Spitsbergen voyages.  Time spent in Spitsbergen is always unique from one day to the next. Epic, awesome and majestic, the Arctic region of Svalbard region is full of wildlife and amazing scenery just waiting for you. Come explore the Arctic and Antarctica [...]

Scott vs. Amundsen: Keep Calm and Eat your Veggies

By Rachel Hilton, VP Marketing & Product  In May of 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a preview of the Royal BC Museum’s current exhibit, Race to the End of the Earth, which recounts Scott and Amundsen’s separate journeys through Antarctica in the contest to reach the South Pole. Quark Expeditions was one of the sponsors of the exhibition. The exhibition details the challenges that both the Norwegian and [...]

Adventure Options highlight: Kayaking

Meet Quark’s kayaking expert: Solan Jensen.  Born and raised in coastal Alaska, Solan works as a kayak ranger and guide specializing in multi-day sea kayak trips.  A highlight of his career, Solan was the co-leader of one of the first commercially guided overnight sea kayak expeditions in Antarctica.  Below is an exclusive blog post from Solan: Kayaking in the Polar Regions is probably one of the most intimate and romantic ways to explore these [...]

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 [...]