Category archives: Antarctica

A year on South Georgia: Sam Crimmin, Quark Expeditions Doctor

“If you were to take a giant caring knife, slice along beneath on of the highest mountain ridges of Switzerland, just where the huge glaciers tumble into the valley below, and then drop your slice of mountain, dripping with sugar-icing, into the sea, I think you would get a fair idea of the place. For it is long and narrow and everywhere the snow covered mountains rise straight from the water, reaching near the centre [...]

Conversation with Shackleton and Scott

On Oct.10 2013 Quark  Expeditions hosted a webinar with descendants of famed Polar explorers, Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Captain Robert Falcon Scott).  Together they speak about about their ancestors’ Antarctic explorations, their successes and failures. Click on the link below and listen about the rich history between Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott through the eyes of their descendants! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT513UE498E     [...]

Ushuaia: Meet the Quark Ground Team!

The Quark Ground Team (stationed in Ushuaia, Argentina) is an invaluable extension of both the Quark onboard expeditions team as well as the head office team, and the only one of its kind with an office stationed at the jumping off point for Antarctica. I recently had a chance to speak with Marcelo Vanecek via phone during one of his regularly busy days in-and-out of the office. Marcelo is Quark’s Ushuaia [...]

Scott vs. Amundsen: Keep Calm and Eat your Veggies

By Rachel Hilton, VP Marketing & Product  In May of 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a preview of the Royal BC Museum’s current exhibit, Race to the End of the Earth, which recounts Scott and Amundsen’s separate journeys through Antarctica in the contest to reach the South Pole. Quark Expeditions was one of the sponsors of the exhibition. The exhibition details the challenges that both the Norwegian and [...]

Adventure Options highlight: Kayaking

Meet Quark’s kayaking expert: Solan Jensen.  Born and raised in coastal Alaska, Solan works as a kayak ranger and guide specializing in multi-day sea kayak trips.  A highlight of his career, Solan was the co-leader of one of the first commercially guided overnight sea kayak expeditions in Antarctica.  Below is an exclusive blog post from Solan: Kayaking in the Polar Regions is probably one of the most intimate and romantic ways to explore these [...]

Helly Hansen: The Captain of Polar Fashion

In cooler temperatures, warm becomes the new black.  No other brand has stood the test of time in polar fashion stronger than trailblazer, Helly Hansen. The brand started back in 1877 when Norwegian Captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Margarethe began producing jackets, trousers, sou’westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. Fast forward to the 20th century, Helly Hansen has continued to make several huge fabric [...]

Sea Spirit: The Ultimate in Comfort Expedition

Polar expeditions, by nature, are meant to be immersive, explorative adventures enabling passengers to truly get up close and personal with the wildlife and nature of these remote destinations.  Some say that the key difference with expedition travel is that it’s all about the destination – not the ship. However, all Polar exploration ships are not created equal. True expedition should not come at the cost of personal comfort; the [...]

Guest Post: Antarctica through the Eyes of an Arctic Aficionado by Andrew White

As someone who has truly been bitten by the Arctic bug, I was chomping at the bit to see Antarctica. And as the newest member of the Quark sales team, I was looking forward to seeing a Quark expedition in action. Like most salespeople it is easier to sell something you have experienced and even easier if you are genuinely passionate about it. Would it stack up to my experiences [...]

Hot Docs & Quark Expeditions: First-ever Polar Floating Film Festivial

Talk about a milestone here at Quark Expeditions! Eight documentaries have been selected by Hot Docs for the first-ever Polar Floating Film Festival.  Starting November 2, 2013 the films will be featured on the Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage.   “Quark is continually striving to provide its passengers with unique experiences when traveling to the Polar Regions,” said Hans [...]

Polar Adventure: Camping in Antarctica

This post is featured on The Weather Channel website written by Matthew Neugeboren and Stephanie Valera.  It  highlights adventure couple Dave and Deb of ThePlantD as they embark on a memorable camping experience in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions: With its breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife, many consider Antarctica as one of the most fascinating places on Earth. But it’s also a land of extremes, the coldest and driest continent on Earth, [...]