Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

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 [...]

Chile Adventure Week: Punta Arenas

Clayton Anderson is Quark’s product manager and is responsible for developing all of Quark’s pre- and post-travel tours as well as our Arctic and Antarctic programs annually. I recently had the opportunity to join the Chile Adventure Week, organized by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). We visited some of the new up-and-coming regions in Chile, including the Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes Regions. It was a fun group of [...]

Quark Doctor Puts her Stamp on Nature Photography

For British doctor, Dr. Samantha Crimmin, one of Quark’s onboard doctors, work and play have dovetailed in the most remarkable of ways. The emergency medicine doctor, and amateur photographer, spent a year in South Georgia working as a medical officer for the British Antarctic Survey and given the scant population on the island, found she had lots of time on her hands. “To make up for the lack of patients, [...]

International Expeditions: Travelling to the Amazon with Hans Lagerweij

Hans Lagerweij is the president of Quark Expeditions and a passionate, avid adventure traveler. He will be travelling with International Expeditions, Quark’s sister company, and pioneers in ecotourism. We invite you to visit International Expeditions website for more information about the company and their voyages, or visit the Amazon with Hans in May 2014! Hans, why is Quark Expeditions® working together with International Expeditions? Quark Expeditions® and International Expeditions have [...]

Sochi 2014 Games: Olympic torch visits the North Pole

For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board Quark’s  nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  The icebreaker, which departed from Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest  trip ever –  50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north.   Once [...]

Packing for the Polar Regions

Watch as Jaymie MacAulay, Quark Expeditions Merchandise Coordinator, answers our most commonly asked question: what to pack when travelling to the Polar Regions.

Arctic Quest : Greenland to Churchill

Our most diverse Arctic expedition aboard our new ship, the Sea Explorer. 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 their heritage and culture. A wonderful expedition to a part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. Expedition Summary Day 1  Copenhagen, [...]

Quark 2014.15 New Brochure: Behind the Scenes

My name is Wendy Fowler and I’m a graphic designer at Scott Thornley + Company in Toronto, Canada. I’ve designed the brochure for Quark Expeditions for the last three seasons. Creating this lovely booklet though is really a group effort. The team here at STC includes a production manager, a proofreader, a photo editor/colour specialist, an account manager, and our creative director. Not to mention, of course, the team at [...]

In the Footsteps of Franklin: Greenland & Canada's High Arctic

Explore the best of Greenland’s west coast on this 13 day voyage, including one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Crossing into the Canadian waters en route to Resolute, you’ll encounter spectacular limestone bird cliffs and Beechey Island, landing site of the Franklin Expedition. Expedition in Brief: Unique Arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, , whales, and massive sea bird colonies West Greenland and Canada’s High [...]