“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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
Can you keep up? Hurry! These chinstrap penguins are strutting in fine form and will not wait for you to take their picture! Thanks to passenger “Dan O” for snapping this timely photo from one of our Antarctica Voyages in February 2009.
An Antarctic fur seal in South Georgia reclines, surveying his land. Thanks to Dr. Samantha Crimmin who submitted this photo from her South Georgia and Falklands voyage with us!
In this photo, an Antarctic local carefully navigates some rocks, sea kayakers and a Quark ship in the background. Looks like a perfect day in Antarctica! Feeling adventurous? Amp up your voyage with one of Quark’s adventure options. With seven activities to choose from, there’s something for every level of excitement. Have a look at our interactive Adventure opinions brochure today! Photo credit: Elsa Got an ice photo of your own [...]
Two Antarctic ambassadors on ice! Photo by passenger “BryantDuncan” from the Quark passenger slideshow on the November 30th 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage aboard the M/V Ocean Diamond. Fun Facts from this voyage: Distance travelled-3,344.9 km Or-1,794.5 nm (nautical miles) Eggs consumed- 450 dozen or 5,400 Guests-181 Crew-91 Expedition Staff-21+ 2 Penguin Dudes From Nationalities-37 Travel days-10 Sea days-4 Lectures, talks and other entertainments-35 Yoga sessions-10 Glasses of Wine Consumed-1,300 And one [...]
Today’s ice photo is from the iceberg graveyard in Pleneau Bay, Antarctica – a place where icebergs have run aground and are slowly melting. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo here! According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “Icebergs form when chunks of ice calve, or break off, from glaciers, ice shelves, or a larger iceberg. Icebergs travel with ocean currents, sometimes smashing up against the shore or getting [...]