Category archives: Antarctica

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, [...]

5 Fun Facts: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

The name of the Falkland Islands comes from Falkland Sound, which is the channel between the two main islands.  With an array of breaking taking sights, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) provide every traveller ample opportunity to experience  stunning scenery and wildlife.  Considered an outdoor paradise for nature lovers, the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) offers numerous opportunities to capture amazing wildlife photography and scenic shots, whilst hiking and bike riding. Here are 5 fun [...]

Pleneau Island: Iceberg Alley

Pleneau Island is located west of Booth Island at the southern end of the Lemaire Channel and features an array of iceberg scenery.  In fact, an astonishing ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs is found surrounding the Antarctic. The word “iceberg” actually comes from partial Dutch translation meaning “ice mountain.”  The term iceberg refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) and smaller chunks of ice are [...]

OSC Cross: The Latest In Polar Fashion

While it’s important to keep warm while travelling to the polar regions, it’s also just as important to look cool!  Which is why Quark Expeditions are loving these supremely functional (and supremely stylish) layering vests from OSC Cross.  The Canadian brand is born out of the concept of having tailored fits, coupled with expert workmanship that result in three keystones: an appreciation for good design, decades of expertise in the industry, [...]

A time to reflect...

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin