Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Crossing the Arctic Circle: Southern Expedition

Each January, the travel editors from the New York Times Magazine feature their top places to visit for the year ahead.  Not surprising,  the Arctic Circle was listed in the top 52 Places to Go in 2014.  Interested? Quark’s award-winning Three Arctic Islands expedition packs more wildlife and dramatic Arctic coastlines into 14 days than you can imagine. Visiting Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen, you’ll have great chances to see bearded seals as well [...]

Antarctic Explorer: the classic adventure

Introduce yourself to the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands with penguins, seals, and ice in all it’s myriad forms. Explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. For information on discovering the 7th continent, visit: Antarctic Explorer Photo courtesy of our passenger slideshow, 2012 Antarctic Explorer Voyage.

Humpback whales bump into zodiac: rare moment captured on video

When passenger Walter B. Jenkins was on Quark’s 2013 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Voyage, he managed to capture a rare (and amazing!) moment: “We had several great encounters with whales and dolphins, and the highlight of the trip for me was when two humpback whales came so close to our Zodiac one of them bumped us. I managed to get that on video!”  

Baffin Island

Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Quark’s Epic High Arctic Expedition is wonderful voyage to explore Baffin Island and experience where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years.  In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about [...]

Climate as Culture: Artists near the Arctic Circle

Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, while geographically far removed from the galleries of New York and London, hold a solid place on the international arts scene. Each steeped in thousands of years of Inuit history, they are culturally significant destinations on our Arctic Quest voyage. The second-largest settlement in Greenland, Sisimiut has managed to maintain their small fishing village vibe with picturesque harbour walkways and a bustling arts community. Houses [...]

Bergans of Norway: My Name is Roald Amundsen and I approve of this rucksack

Quark Expeditions® is very proud to sell Bergans of Norway in our onboard Polar Boutiques. Since 1908, Bergans of Norway has been a leading innovator of outdoor equipment and technical clothing. The story behind the brand goes that Ole F. Bergan, a bicycle manufacturer by trade, was suffering the ill-effects of less than ideal cycling equipment after a hunting trip. He was inspired to design a rucksack with the ‘Bergans [...]

South Georgian Grytviken Church Centenary: Remembering a Storied Past & Looking to the Future

This past Christmas Day marked the centenary of the church at the Grytviken (pronounced “grit-vick-in”) whaling station on the island of South Georgia. Celebrations marked an opportunity to reflect on a hundred years of nautical history, but also to look forward, to a future of conservation, culture and natural beauty on the South Atlantic island. Consecrated December 25, 1913, the church is one of a handful of historical buildings in [...]

Arctic Quest: Cultural & Geographical Contrasts from Greenland to Churchill

Arctic Quest, our most diverse Arctic expedition, is popular among wildlife lovers, adventurers and historians alike. This is a journey of contrasts, where you may find yourself alternately immersed in Inuit culture, in awe of naturally magnificent icy fjords, and even enjoying close encounters with walrus or polar bears. Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Denmark, before boarding a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, home to Greenland’s largest commercial [...]

Visit Greenland: Interview with Malik Milfeldt

Malik Milfeldt, Senior Consultant, at Visit Greenland, stopped by Quark’s offices to chat about culture and travel in Greenland.  Below are  5 questions we asked Malik about this beautiful country: 1. What is the symbolism behind the Greenland flag? The flag of Greenland was designed by local artist (and Greenland native) Thue Christiansen.  The flag was adopted in 1985 and features the Danish colors. The white is symbolic of the ice and snow that [...]

Antarctic Explorer Update from David "Woody" Wood

Feature photo: Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of Bei Maarten. Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, leading the Antarctic Explorer Voyage: 2nd December: Ushuaia  3-4 December The Drake passage flexed some muscle as we crossed it to begin our voyage south. Winds raged above 84 knots as we sailed south and it rocked and rolled us. The Ocean Diamond managed the conditions masterfully but it moved us [...]