Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Shackleton’s Legacy: Antarctic Exploration a Century After Endurance

1914-2014: An historic anniversary for Antarctic exploration This year marks the 100th anniversary of an event celebrated by historians, explorers and Antarctic enthusiasts around the world. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 brave souls set out aboard The Endurance in hopes of becoming the first explorers to traverse the Antarctic continent. Their aptly named ship became frozen in ice before reaching shore, and although Shackleton and [...]

Antarctic Ice Sculptures: Mother Nature's Awe Inspiring Artwork

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular natural artwork on the planet. Here, you’ll find ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs, an ever-changing icescape of “growlers” to bergy bits and even ice islands.  Growlers are the smallest icebergs, less than 6.6 feet across, with less than 3.3 of their mass showing above water. Bergy bits – that’s their real, official name – are the [...]

Arctic Summit Examines Initiatives Opening Eyes and Doorways to the North

Blog post written by Quark’s VP of Marketing and Product, Rachel Hilton. No longer the gaping white space at the top of the world map, the Arctic has evolved rapidly over the past several decades into a growing region of destinations to be discovered. Technology, a wealth of natural resources and small ship accessibility have all contributed to the ever-increasing interest in – and access to – the far North. [...]

Pristine Antarctica: An Explorer’s Haven

Image credit: Harry’s South Pole Heroes trailer, IT When Prince Harry and his team arrived in Antarctica for a 200 kilometer trek to the South Pole this past spring, they observed the vast blue horizon and endless plains of ice and could hardly believe their eyes.  “Look how cool it is, it’s amazing,” Prince Harry said. “It’s ridiculous that a place like this should exist. One of the few places [...]

New Icelandic Culinary Products Available Onboard Sea Spirit

Feature photo courtesy of The Planet D All of Quark’s vessels have onboard Polar Boutiques, which are fully stocked with last minute expedition gear such as waterproof pants, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hats and other layers essential to a dry and successful voyage. You’ll also be able to find the perfect Polar souvenir onboard for your friends and family…or even a keepsake for yourself. Saltverk’s Lava Salt / Nr °02 [...]

Extraordinary Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire

In the recent blockbuster, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the title character, played by Ben Stiller, changes his timecard-punching life forever when he travels to hunt down a mysterious freelance photographer. It’s no coincidence that his adventure quickly lands him in none other than Iceland, where the otherworldly landscapes and volcanic activity set the backdrop for an experience that changes Walter forever. Although it was little known to tourists [...]

Easter Island Blog: Part 1

Hanga Roa  Eco Resort Easter Island, Rapa Nui, as it is known locally, is a place I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember. I grew up a bit of a nerd, watching the features of the huge stone heads on the Discovery Channel and I wanted to see them for myself.  The opportunity came as I was going to Antarctica. I thought, ‘I’m down in [...]

Dr. Dan Zak Shares Sea Sickness Prevention & Treatment Tips

Even the hardiest adventure travelers can experience sea sickness, as the waters we find ourselves in can be challenging for the strongest stomachs. The Drake Passage is well known amongst Antarctic travelers as a nausea-inducing hot spot, although any open water can get your insides rolling. In the Arctic, as we cross the Davis Strait between Monumental Island and Ilulissat, those prone to motion sickness will need to keep an [...]

Quark Expeditions Welcomes You to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Experience

Exciting news! For the upcoming 2015 expedition seasons, Quark is very pleased to offer our first-ever land-based adventure. It’s an Arctic experience like no other, 500 miles above the Arctic Circle at the family-owned and operated Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Somerset Island, Nunavut. A world class beluga whale observation site, Somerset Island lies between Prince of Wales Island and Baffin Island in the remote Canadian Arctic Archipelago. An Arctic [...]

Spotlight on Akpatok Island

Akpatok Island is a fascinating place that very few – even Canadians – know about or will ever have the pleasure of visiting, largely because it’s so remote and completely uninhabited. No one has lived here for more than 100 years.  Akpatok is located in Ungava Bay in Quebec’s far north. It’s the largest island in Ungava Bay, separated from Baffin Island by Hudson Strait. Although Quebec’s mainland is only [...]