Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Nick Bertozzi – Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

Image credit: Shackleton, Nick Bertozzi Written by Miranda Miller Nick Bertozzi pored over his Adventures of Tintin comics as a child, living vicariously through the travels of the young Belgian reporter. It lit a spark, he says – one that inspired him to get off the couch and do some traveling of his own.  Bertozzi hopes his new graphic novel, Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey, will do the same for children and [...]

Meet 5 Fascinating Antarctic Penguins

Long before they captured the hearts of audiences in movies like “March of the Penguins” and “Happy Feet”, penguins turned Antarctica’s most barren landscapes into teeming cities. They number as many as 30 million and are scattered across Antarctica, its surrounding islands and as far north as the equator. Antarctica and its many surrounding islands are home to both common and increasingly scarce penguin populations – each with its own [...]

Tips & Tricks for Amazing Polar Photography with Your Smartphone

Over the last few years, built-in cameras have become standard in smartphones, and those built-in cameras have been getting better and better. Today, many smartphone cameras offer high definition, spot metering, adjustable exposure and endless photo editing apps which rival most point-and-shoot cameras on the market.  When you’re planning an expedition into polar landscapes, that may mean a separate point-and-shoot camera is one less piece of equipment you need to [...]

Spitsbergen Explorer: Voyage update from the Sea Spirit

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, Spitsbergen Explorer is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus.  Located above the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen welcomes travelers from around the world to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, [...]

Arctic Kayaking a Timeless Adventure in the Far North

Imagine embarking on an Arctic odyssey where you have the opportunity to meet Greenland’s Inuit people, witness traditional kayaking, and venture into that rarified wilderness realm of beluga whales, polar bears, walrus, seals, and muskox.  Our 16-day Arctic Quest voyage promises just that – it’s designed to delight historians, adventurers, and wildlife lovers alike. As our most diversified expedition, it also features a unique option for kayaking aficionados to get [...]

Yellowknife

Photo courtesy of Tim Post,  Director, Sales and Client Service at Quark Expeditions. Travelers en route to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge are first treated to a stop in Yellowknife. This vibrant, scenic city in Canada’s Northwest Territories serves as the gateway to the Arctic and offers a fantastic variety of activities, both outdoor and urban.  Situated on the Canadian Shield and Great Slave Lake (the deepest lake in North [...]

Polar Photography: Protecting Your Equipment in Extreme Conditions

The icy landscapes and exotic wildlife found in polar expeditions simply beg to be photographed. Many of Quark’s passengers have flexed their photography skills in the polar landscape, capturing sweeping icebergs, intimate wildlife views and even underwater marine life. The extreme cold, snow, briny ocean water and condensation polar photographers face can seriously damage equipment if photographers aren’t careful. With the right knowledge, preparation and a few extra accessories, however, [...]

An Invitation to Meet the Arctic’s Wildlife Denizens

Feature image by Nansen Weber Photography  Landing ashore Somerset Island, Nunavut, some 500 miles above the Arctic Circle, is in itself a rare event only a handful of Arctic wilderness adventurists, photographers and researchers have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand.  Already known as the premier site for observing beluga whales, Somerset Island is also home to the most beautiful and exotic land-based occupants of the extreme north, from Arctic [...]

Polar Bucket List: 7 Must-See Arctic & Antarctic Destinations

To the adventure-addict, there are few areas in the world as alluring as those locked in ice. Polar destinations are as stunning and pristine as they are inhospitable, and the fact that these places are rarely seen by human eyes make them that much more enticing. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, there’s a world of discovery awaiting those who venture near the poles. 1. North Pole The treacherous, ice-filled [...]

Pro Tips for Amazing Antarctic Photography: Q&A with Dave Merron

Planning for your Antarctic adventure?  Be sure to pack your camera to capture the amazing wildlife and vistas found only on the seventh continent.  Depending on when you visit and how far south you travel, you may expect to see several different penguin species, possibly including their colonies and chicks. Antarctica is also home to a number of different kinds of whales, fur seals, sea lions and a dazzling variety [...]