Category archives: Antarctica

Low-Light Photography Tips for Epic Northern Lights & Starscape Pics in Polar Regions

  Imagine vast expanses of sky, free from air and light pollution, with even low magnitude stars are visible to the naked eye and a dizzying array of lights dance overhead. The polar regions are home to some of the most fantastic and original photography opportunities on the planet. However, conditions can make these areas among the most challenging for photographers, as well. We’ve discussed how to protect your photographic [...]

Polar-Passionate 'Citizen Scientists' Invited to Participate in Antarctic Penguin Watch Project

This coming December and January, Quark Expeditions passengers on select Antarctic voyages will have a unique opportunity to witness polar preservation research in action. Dr. Tom Hart, Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, will join Quark Expeditions on the Antarctic Explorer and Scotia Arc trips to continue his research for the Penguin Lifelines project. Founded by Hart, Penguin Lifelines is a collaborative effort between Oxford University, ZSL, Oceanites, [...]

5 Spectacular South Atlantic & Antarctic Bucket List Beaches

  Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands aren’t widely known as beach destinations. Yet for the adventurous traveler yearning for something a little different, these not-so-hot spots could be just the ticket! Here are five chilly beaches that need to be added to your bucket list:   Deception Island Black sand stretches as far as the eye can see on this popular cruise ship landing site. At one time, [...]

Stand-up Paddleboarding: A Unique New Perspective on Antarctic Adventure

Beginning in the 2015.16 Antarctic travel season, Quark Expeditions passengers can participate in a fun, exhilarating new adventure: Stand-up Paddleboarding (also known as SUP). Popular in warmer climes, we’re offering this combination of surfing and canoeing or kayaking in the Antarctic, to give visitors a unique perspective on the pristine, untouched land and waterscape. Even though the watersport started in Hawaii, it’s not limited to tropical areas.  one of the world’s [...]

Spotlight on Port Lockroy: A Living Museum & Haven for Gentoo Penguins

Tucked away in a natural harbour on Goudier Island, on the western shores of Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy is a popular stop on our Antarctic Explorer voyages as well as Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North and other Antarctic expeditions. Home to an abandoned British naval base-turned-museum, Port Lockroy is designated a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty, located off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Visitors [...]

Antarctica bound: Books for the passionate polar buff

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Quark Expeditions (aside from “What do I pack? and “Any tips for handling the Drake Passage?”) is what our recommended reading for Antarctica is. When preparing for their journey south, excited history-buffs often want to read all about past explorers and get into the polar mindset. Victoria Salem, Historian aboard the Sea Spirit during our Antarctic voyages has put [...]

Spotlight on Falkland Islands and South Georgia: Explorers & Kings

Photo courtesy of Chris, Quark passenger. Early in the Antarctic travel season each year, passengers aboard the Quark Expeditions Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica expedition spend two days each in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas) and on beautiful, remote South Georgia. Teeming with wildlife, the Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic consisting of two main islands – East and West – and over 750 smaller islands. Travelers [...]

Antarctic Expeditions Yesterday and Today: 100 Years of Exploration

This November, famed polar explorer and expert Jonathan Shackleton will once again join Quark Expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond. This marks 100 years since his cousin Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary voyage on The Endurance, in which he and his crew had hoped to be the first explorers to traverse the seventh continent. Antarctic travel and tourism has certainly increased since Shackleton and his brave crew set out to conquer the [...]

Summer Solstice in Antarctica – Like Nowhere Else on Earth

Feature photo courtesy of Quark passenger Mitch.  In Northern Europe, they call it Midsummer, or St. John’s Day, after the early Christian martyr John the Baptist. The Japanese take to the streets to celebrate their much-loved solar goddess Amaterasu (Shinto) each July. In Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of the Summer Solstice; to the ancient Romans, goddess Juno was responsible for the one day each year with more daylight [...]

The South Sandwich Islands

Written by Dr. Tom Hart, Penguinologist, Oxford University, UK. Tom runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London, through which he monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. Tom’s PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia. He loves the world’s cold places and is passionate about protecting them. Tom loves all [...]