Category archives: Antarctica

Life is a Penguin Highway

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: Looking out from the Sea Spirit towards landfall, the shorelines and slopes all around us look pristine and untouched. Everything is ice and snow-covered, the Transantarctic Mountains tower overhead, icebergs glisten in crystal clear water and silence hangs in the air. The Antarctic Peninsula appears spotless, deserted and empty. [...]

Myths of Traveling to Antarctica by Marybeth Bond

Our friends and colleagues plagued us with questions before we left. Won’t you be cold, bored, unsafe and sea sick? I admit, I too had some concerns but none of them proved true. Cold? I was never cold and we were exposed to the ferocious winds and weather when we climbed a volcano in the snow, rode zodiacs around icebergs and kayaked through thin ice.  We also had sunny, calm [...]

Stepping Back into Polar History

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: What would it be like to live in Antarctica for a year or more? Could you survive the isolation, dark and cold? What would you miss most from home? What might you learn about yourself in that time? These were some of the questions we asked ourselves and [...]

Antarctic Circle: a voyage fit for a king

Below is a voyage update from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is currently aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: “Those who come seeking permission to cross the Antarctic Circle and enter into Neptune’s waters come forward now and kneel before the King!” This is the brute and booming proclamation that confronts us as we anxiously await our initiation… It is February 20th and the Sea [...]

Voyage update: Throwing the Lines & Embarking on Adventure

Below is a voyage update from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is currently aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: At 5pm, the Oceanus Lounge hums with the collective energy and anticipation of 110 intrepid travelers embarking on their dream adventure – a voyage to the Antarctic Circle. Following warm words of welcome from Quark’s expedition team and the crew of the M/V Sea Spirit, Expedition [...]

Crossing the Circle: voyage update

Below is an insightful update from Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood.  David is leading Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: 19 January 2014 We closed quickly in on the Antarctic Circle after crossing a kind Drake Passage. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the ship was woken to celebrate the crossing; everyone gathered to toast the Circle – some in pajamas supplemented with jackets others in full expedition garb. Watchers were rewarded with [...]

Humpback whales bump into zodiac: rare moment captured on video

When passenger Walter B. Jenkins was on Quark’s 2013 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Voyage, he managed to capture a rare (and amazing!) moment: “We had several great encounters with whales and dolphins, and the highlight of the trip for me was when two humpback whales came so close to our Zodiac one of them bumped us. I managed to get that on video!”  

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]