Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Dressing for the Polar Vortex 101

When it comes to gearing up for cold weather, look no further than Quark’s Merchandise team for all the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay warm.  Layering is essential. Synthetic fibres work well as a base layer, but natural fibers such as merino wool work even better. There are various weights to merino wool base layers, but for walking your dog, or trudging through the snow to your next destination, we [...]

It’s Getting Hot Up Here: Arctic Circle Destinations On Holiday Hotspots Lists

Written by Quark’s extraordinary president, Hans Lagerweij. Even as frigid temperatures grip typically mild areas this winter, travelers are gearing up for Arctic expeditions this summer. In fact, 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for travel in and around the Arctic Circle, as travelers and mainstream media alike are eager to explore and share their adventures at the top of the world. Recent “top destinations” lists from [...]

Ocean Diamond: Aerial view from the Drone

Wanna see something cool? Watch this 30 second video that features an aerial view from a GoPro and Drone of the Ocean Diamond in Antarctica! Filmed on a DJI Phantom Vision Drone , footage courtesy of Quark’s amazing Product Manager, Clayton Anderson.

Fluffy flowers

The Arctic cottongrass is the most widespread flowering plant found in the northern hemisphere and Arctic tundra regions.  Cotton grass is not actually a type of grass, but rather a plant that  flourishes in areas that are too cold for trees. Fun fact:  in Scotland they used them to dress wounds during First World War. Photo courtesy of our passenger slideshow, 2013 Greenland Explorer Voyage.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Quark looks forward to Sochi opening ceremonies and wishes all the Olympic athletes the best of luck! Photo courtesy of our passenger slideshow, 2012 North Pole Voyage.

Crossing the Circle: voyage update

Below is an insightful update from Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood.  David is leading Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: 19 January 2014 We closed quickly in on the Antarctic Circle after crossing a kind Drake Passage. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the ship was woken to celebrate the crossing; everyone gathered to toast the Circle – some in pajamas supplemented with jackets others in full expedition garb. Watchers were rewarded with [...]

Wow moment: Quark passengers encounter humpback whales

Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, and the passengers aboard Quark’s Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, shared a once in a life time experience; being surrounded by humpback and orca whales.    For close to three hours, a group of 50  whales were breaching, tail slapping and flaking around the zodiacs that were cruising in Wilhelmina Bay. Fun fact: Reaching between 40 and 50 feet in length, a humpback whale can weigh up [...]

Best Job In The World

Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, who is leading Quark’s Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, has experienced what most people can only dream of; a once in a life-time encounter with Humpback and Orca whales.   Below is Shane’s description of this phenomenal event: Well when I wrote you to tell you about having the best office ever…it got better. We started our cruise at 1430 in Wilhelmina and we had about ten [...]

Arctic flowers: the beautiful Purple Saxifrage

Former Canadian Museum of Nature botanist,  Nicholas Polunin,  wrote in 1940 that this plant “must be reckoned among the world’s greatest beauties, especially as it stands out in its unusually bleak and desolate surroundings.”   Purple saxifrage is an edible plant that is seen all over the high Arctic.  Purple saxifrage is the first plant to flower in the Arctic spring, and stays in bloom for 10 to 14 days.  Fun fact: Inuit [...]

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole.  This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic [...]