Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

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 [...]

A Guide to the Arctic: Explore And Win A Trip!

We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of our new, interactive online polar north region discovery and exploration tool. A Guide to the Arctic allows you to simply click to explore Arctic regions, wildlife, climate, history, geography and fun facts. Clicking on various points within each category and information layer reveals pop-up boxes with fast facts, visuals, videos and more. Where more information is available, users can take a [...]

Getting to the Arctic: Travel Tips for In & Around Arctic Gateway Cities

Getting to the Arctic with Quark Expeditions® involves travel through a major gateway, such as Helsinki, Finland, or Toronto, Canada. Our embarkation and stopover cities are destinations in themselves; use these tips to get the most out of your time in your travel gateway city. Leave Plenty of Time for Travel Ideally, passengers should leave at least two days for travel to their embarkation point. Getting to the Arctic surely [...]

United Nations Court Ends Japan's Antarctic Whaling Program

Image credit: Australian Parliament The UN International Court of Justice (IJC) has ordered Japan to stop hunting minke, fin and humpback whales in the Antarctic, ruling that the practice was not for the benefit of science. The March 31, 2014, decision has already resulted in Japan’s issuing a statement that though they find the ruling disappointing, they will abide by the judgment of the court. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary added, [...]

Snowshoeing Spitsbergen: Old School Arctic Trekking Like a Champ

Early in the Arctic expedition season each year, passengers have a unique opportunity to participate in the age old, traditional activity of snowshoeing in Norway’s Arctic paradise, Spitsbergen. Whether you’re a first-timer or a snowshoeing aficionado, these tips will help you make the most of the experience. Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get an up close and personal look at the vast Arctic landscape around Spitsbergen, the largest island [...]

Franklin's Lost Expedition: Myths, Mystery & Modern Day Relics

The story of Franklin’s lost expedition is one that still fascinates today, so much so that international researchers are still investigating potential causes of the deaths of all 129 men and officers aboard the fateful ship. Just recently, scientists from the University of Glasgow re-examined forensic specimens gathered by Parks Canada in 2013 and concluded that lead poisoning was less a factor than previously thought. What, then, was responsible for [...]

Luxury Antarctic Expeditions: Adventure Cruising in Comfort

Not all that long ago, expeditions were undertaken by only the hardiest of travelers. If you were among the adventurous determined to travel to the farthest, most remote corners of the world, you could expect camp accommodations, little to no communication with the outside world, and months of planning in advance. For Antarctic travelers, it was a small price to pay for the experience of a lifetime; to view wildlife [...]

Filming The Mysterious 7th Continent

Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker, members of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers,  are a husband and wife film team. Rhonda is a Producer/Sound Recordist and Tony is a Cinematographer/Director. During the month of November 2013, the filmmakers were in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica working on a documentary about tourism and following in the footsteps of the great heroic Polar explorers, Capt. Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.  Below is a blog [...]

Farewell Sochi Olympics, Hello Arctic Winter Games!

Feature photo: athletes and volunteers get pumped up for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games at a recent volunteer ceremony. Photo credit: awg2014.org The 2014 Olympic Winter Olympics have come and gone, leaving in their wake a number of new records, both sporting-related and monetary. The Sochi Olympic Games will go down in history as the most expensive to date; with a $51 billion investment, Russia far exceeded the previous $40 [...]

Climate Change & Biodiversity Priorities for Arctic Council

Photo Credit: Quark passenger Al Gellin The preservation of Arctic heritage and the environment is incredibly important for us at Quark Expeditions and we’re incredibly grateful for the work done by organizations like the Arctic Council. As their second annual Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) Canadian Chairmanship meeting in Yellowknife approaches, we want to share with you some of the excellent work they’ve undertaken to ensure the Arctic can be enjoyed [...]