Category archives: Antarctica

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    

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 [...]