Category archives: Antarctica

 
 
 

Flying to Antarctica - not just for birds!

February 11, 2013 – Quark passengers touch down at King George Island, ready to board their expedition ship and begin the adventure of a lifetime! During this 8 day Fly the Drake voyage, passengers who are short on time, or may be prone to sea sickness are able to skip the infamous Drake Passage by flying from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island. It was an incredible feeling watching [...]

That's a lot of penguins!

An incredible view of the vast amount of king penguins and their chicks in South Georgia. Imagine how noisy this would be!  See this for yourself on one of our South Georgia/Falkland Island voyages. Photo by P Levay .

4 Minutes in Antarctica with Worldly Nomads

Barry and Laura from the Worldly Nomads travelled with us to Antarctica in December 2012, and created this inspiring highlights video of their time on the continent! ’4 Minutes in Antarctica’ demonstrates the incredible white continent in all its glory, from gigantic icebergs and incredible landscapes, to cute penguins, whales, seals and birds! It sets the scene for what a trip to Antarctica can look like with Quark Expeditions! About Worldy Nomads: As [...]

A hike at Deception Island

Adventurous Quark Expeditions passengers take on a sloping hike at Deception Island in late February 2013. The Sea Adventurer is anchored below, shrouded in light mist from the water. The day was clear and warm and the view from the top was absolutely spectacular. Many people had to remove their parkas at the top  - a great way to get some exercise and work up an appetite for another amazing meal aboard [...]

Molting penguin

Molting gentoo penguin at Neko Harbour, Antarctica. When penguins molt it takes quite a bit of energy. They do not eat or move. We had to be very careful not to disturb this fellow and cause him to expend extra energy. A zoom lens was used so we did not have to get too close!   Photo by Corina Hitchcock on Quark Expeditions 8 day “Fly the Drake” voyage, Feb [...]

Iceberg Archway

Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes.  It is hard describe the feeling you get when you see an iceberg up close for the first time and see the beautiful blue colors reflecting back at you.  You will encounter many iceberg that have melted away to form uneven archways.  The fragile archway allowing you to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife or a zodiac of Quark passengers cruising by [...]

Antarctica with Chris

Name: Chris McFarlane Job title: Expedition Coordinator on the ship, Assistant Manager of Expedition Operations in the office Trip Name: Explorers and Kings, Classic Antarctica and Antarctic Explorer Pre-post night city: Ushuaia Ship name: Sea Adventurer Date of Travel: 11/8/2012 – 1/4/2013 1. Describe your travel style? While I would also consider myself an adventurer, it is the search for knowledge and understanding of our planet, and the different cultures [...]

Best buddies

This is a pair of Gentoo penguins.  Their white cap, black & orange beak, long tail and pinkish toned feet stand out against the rocky shores of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Despite their awkward waddle on land, they are very quick in the water.  If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some swimming behind you during your Zodiac Cruise.  Photo taken in Dec. 2012, by a Quark Passenger.

Adventurous travelers explore Antarctica by paddle

Quark offers a wide variety of  Adventure Options for those travelers who want a bit more action during their expeditions.  Kayaking is a popular choice that offers an intimate way to explore the polar regions.  Paddle yourself through the clear waters and don’t be surprised if you are followed by curious wildlife along the way.    This photo is of Quark Passenger from the US  and our  Kayak Guide,  Scott [...]