Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

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 [...]

Polar Adventure: Camping in Antarctica

This post is featured on The Weather Channel website written by Matthew Neugeboren and Stephanie Valera.  It  highlights adventure couple Dave and Deb of ThePlantD as they embark on a memorable camping experience in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions: With its breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife, many consider Antarctica as one of the most fascinating places on Earth. But it’s also a land of extremes, the coldest and driest continent on Earth, [...]

5 Fun Facts: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

The name of the Falkland Islands comes from Falkland Sound, which is the channel between the two main islands.  With an array of breaking taking sights, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) provide every traveller ample opportunity to experience  stunning scenery and wildlife.  Considered an outdoor paradise for nature lovers, the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) offers numerous opportunities to capture amazing wildlife photography and scenic shots, whilst hiking and bike riding. Here are 5 fun [...]

Pleneau Island: Iceberg Alley

Pleneau Island is located west of Booth Island at the southern end of the Lemaire Channel and features an array of iceberg scenery.  In fact, an astonishing ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs is found surrounding the Antarctic. The word “iceberg” actually comes from partial Dutch translation meaning “ice mountain.”  The term iceberg refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) and smaller chunks of ice are [...]

OSC Cross: The Latest In Polar Fashion

While it’s important to keep warm while travelling to the polar regions, it’s also just as important to look cool!  Which is why Quark Expeditions are loving these supremely functional (and supremely stylish) layering vests from OSC Cross.  The Canadian brand is born out of the concept of having tailored fits, coupled with expert workmanship that result in three keystones: an appreciation for good design, decades of expertise in the industry, [...]

A time to reflect...

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin    

The Top 5 Reasons to add Antarctica to your bucket list!

1. Be one of only a few people to Step foot on the 7th continent  2. Enjoy zodiac cruising and get up close to 400 year old icebergs 3. Visit historical landing sites, including the Scott Research Centre 4. Marvel at thousands of King Penguins and encounter up to 13 other penguin species 5. Cross the Arctic Circle and travel furthest south on the planet   Undoubtedly Antarctica is one [...]

Sally Ayotte's South Pole Chocolate Chip Cookies (Antarctica)

“This recipe is from week 10 of my food blog, “Travel by Stove.” I am attempting to cook one meal from every nation on Earth, and Antarctica is my 10th stop (yes I know Antarctica is technically not a country, but I do love a challenge). These cookies are so famous that Air National Guard pilots have been known to detour to the South Pole just to get some.” ~ [...]

Frost Flowers

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson So how do these pretty bouquets bloom ?  Frost Flowers are formed on new and thin ice sublimates.  Ice that changes directly from a solid to a gas,  bypassing the liquid stage. Photo credit: Chris Edwards, from our 2009/2010 Antarctic Voyage Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on [...]

An Antarctic Tea Tasting

Take a sip back in time! Jaymie our Merchandise Coordinator and Michael our IT Specialist taste Silk Road Tea’s limited edition Antarctic Expedition Tea.  In addition to the delightful flavour, Michael, our Quark IT Specialist,  remarks the tea’s aroma ” is divine.”  The tea is a re-creation of the tea enjoyed by the British Antarctic Expedition in the quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912.  Captain [...]