Category archives: Antarctica

King of South Georgia

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!

Penguins and sea kayaks

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 [...]

Fun facts about an Antarctic voyage

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 [...]

An Iceberg Graveyard

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 [...]

1000 Places To See Before You Die Contest

Love travel and discovering new and exciting places? We are giving away FIVE copies of the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz.  Simply “like” Quark Expeditions on facebook and enter to win- and make sure you’re on track to see the best the world has to offer! We are excited to announce that Patricia Schultz, well known travel journalist and author of “1,000 Places to See Before You [...]

10 things you might not have known about penguins

Our Ice Photo today is from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on the December 9, 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage. Who doesn’t love penguins?! 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About… PENGUINS They can jump straight out of the water onto the land. Baby Adelie penguins grow the fastest of all penguins. Leopard seals are their biggest enemy. King Penguins can weigh up to 30 pounds. Penguins lie on their belly and [...]

Quark Expeditions Announces 2014 - 2015 Antarctic Season

33 departures featuring two extended “Epic” voyages Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, today announced the company’s Antarctic 2014-2015 season. Highlights of the season include two extended voyages that will offer passengers Southern Ocean and Antarctica once-in-a-lifetime adventures in and around the 7th continent. With 33 departures starting November 5, 2014, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.   New Expedition Added Antarctica’s Scotia Arc: The [...]

Romantic Antarctica

Did you know that we’ve had lots of proposals, and even a few weddings on our polar voyages? Antarctica, the North Pole, or the Arctic are all perfect settings for that special moment in your life…talk about making it unforgettable!   Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow, Antarctic Explorer voyage, December 2012. Interested in making your voyage a little more special? Speak to one of our Polar Travel Advisers [...]

Chinstrap penguin ballet

We can’t help but smile at this photo of a rather elegant-looking chinstrap penguin taken at Half Moon Island, Antarctica.  Approximately 2000 pairs of chinstraps live at Half Moon Island, though whether or not they are all as graceful as this guy remains to be determined.   Photo credit:  Daniel and Femke, during our Antarctic Explorer voyage in January 2013.

Creating new Antarctic Ambassadors

A few of us Quark Expeditions recently had the pleasure of attending our first Google+ hangout with some grade one students from Quaker Ridge School  in Scarsdale, NY. Polar Travel Adviser Naomi Box, and Marketing Coordinator Courtenay Oswin were first to jump on board for this project and did a fabulous job chatting with the kids. Below you can see our set up for the afternoon, complete with Antarctic backdrop for [...]