Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

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 [...]

Voyage update from David "Woody" Wood: Lemaire, Ice fields, Neko Harbour & Polar plunge

Feature photo courtesy of Marie & Dave Lincoln  Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, traveling on Quark’s Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Voyage: November 29 The sounds of ice grinding the hull was common overnight. We rose early to find that Captain Oleg  had gently sailed into a large field of ice which gave us views of the Lemaire channel. The sky was blue and the wind was still [...]

Voyage update from David “Woody” Wood

Feature photo courtesy of Rachel & Barry Chapman Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is currently aboard the Ocean Diamond, traveling on Quark’s Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Voyage: 20 November As we sailed toward South Georgia we were blessed with gentle seas. Our last day at sea was blessed with playful humpbacks and some good views of their massive pectoral fins slapping the water. We sailed toward and around Shagg [...]

Quark interviews Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

Feature photo by Göran Ehlmé, National Geographic Creative Can you introduce yourself? My name is Paul Nicklen and I’m a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine. I’m also a polar specialist in communicating the issues of climate change in the Polar Regions. What drives you to go to the Polar Regions? I continue to go to both the Arctic and Antarctica because they are the fastest climates changing in the [...]

A day in the Falklands aboard Ocean Diamond: voyage update from David "Woody" Wood

We had a great day today with our first day of excursions in the West Falkland area! First landing: Our morning started early at 06:30 when we enjoyed sailing between West Point island and West Falkland. The sky was alive with albatross. The Diamond glided through the narrow passage as currents disturbed the water surface. Captain brought us anchor near Carcass Island. The wind was fresh and the waves swept [...]