Category archives: Antarctica

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    

The Top 5 Reasons to add Antarctica to your bucket list!

1. Be one of only a few people to Step foot on the 7th continent  2. Enjoy zodiac cruising and get up close to 400 year old icebergs 3. Visit historical landing sites, including the Scott Research Centre 4. Marvel at thousands of King Penguins and encounter up to 13 other penguin species 5. Cross the Arctic Circle and travel furthest south on the planet   Undoubtedly Antarctica is one [...]

Sally Ayotte's South Pole Chocolate Chip Cookies (Antarctica)

“This recipe is from week 10 of my food blog, “Travel by Stove.” I am attempting to cook one meal from every nation on Earth, and Antarctica is my 10th stop (yes I know Antarctica is technically not a country, but I do love a challenge). These cookies are so famous that Air National Guard pilots have been known to detour to the South Pole just to get some.” ~ [...]

Frost Flowers

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson So how do these pretty bouquets bloom ?  Frost Flowers are formed on new and thin ice sublimates.  Ice that changes directly from a solid to a gas,  bypassing the liquid stage. Photo credit: Chris Edwards, from our 2009/2010 Antarctic Voyage Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on [...]

An Antarctic Tea Tasting

Take a sip back in time! Jaymie our Merchandise Coordinator and Michael our IT Specialist taste Silk Road Tea’s limited edition Antarctic Expedition Tea.  In addition to the delightful flavour, Michael, our Quark IT Specialist,  remarks the tea’s aroma ” is divine.”  The tea is a re-creation of the tea enjoyed by the British Antarctic Expedition in the quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912.  Captain [...]

The Spectacular Lemaire Channel

7 miles of sheer beauty! Renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the Lemaire Channel runs between the mainland of the Antarctic peninsula and Booth Island, off the Graham Coast.   Photo courtesy of award-winning photographer Catalin Marin www.momentaryawe.com/blog

Spitsbergen Expedition - Voyage Update!

Wow!! What an amazing day for the expeditioners aboard the Sea Spirit. This morning we ventured out in the zodiacs to explore the ethereal basalt cliffs of Alkefjellet, in the Hinlopen Strait. As we drew close we were absorbed into the cacophony of sound and ceaseless movement of several hundred thousand birds, mostly Brunnich’s guillemots. The sky swarmed with birds, many with small fish in their beaks, and the cliffs [...]

Guest Post: To Antarctica with Jonathan Shackleton

A Guest post from Falcon Scott   Making a journey to Antarctica is a lifetime experience for anyone, but once you’ve been it actually draws you back. It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes you feel this way. Even after three adventures to the Antarctic, every trip has been like my first – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   For me, one could say it comes naturally as my [...]