A curious little gentoo penguin chick stops to investigate visiting Quark Expeditions passengers. From our 11 day Antarctic Explorer voyage aboard the Ocean Diamond. Photo by Karine Bengualid.
On a recent Antarctic voyage, we spent a few hours one morning in Neko Harbour, which quickly became my favourite spot on our trip. Between the curious Gentoo penguin chicks, the occasional, thundering sound of glaciers calving, and the spectacular scenery, I could have happily sat there all day long. I was particularly struck by the formations in the snow and ice around the harbour and soon filled quite a [...]
While researching travel to the Antarctic, you’ve probably come across the name “IAATO” (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) a number of times. We asked Dr. Kim Crosbie, Operations Director for IAATO to answer a few questions for us about what exactly IAATO is and why it’s so important. She also gave us a few words about her personal experiences in Antarctica! (1) What is IAATO? IAATO is a member organisation [...]
On a recent trip to Antarctica through Quark Expeditions, passenger Neal Piper took a photo of “Breeding Penguins” that has been selected as a top 10 finalist in the Smithsonian Photo Competition. The judges looked through over 37,600 photo submissions from photographers in 112 countries to find their 50 finalists. – way to go Neal! Let’s help him win! Vote for Neal’s incredible Gentoo penguin shot right here. You can check [...]
February 11, 2013 – Quark passengers touch down at King George Island, ready to board their expedition ship and begin the adventure of a lifetime! During this 8 day Fly the Drake voyage, passengers who are short on time, or may be prone to sea sickness are able to skip the infamous Drake Passage by flying from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island. It was an incredible feeling watching [...]
An incredible view of the vast amount of king penguins and their chicks in South Georgia. Imagine how noisy this would be! See this for yourself on one of our South Georgia/Falkland Island voyages. Photo by P Levay .
Barry and Laura from the Worldly Nomads travelled with us to Antarctica in December 2012, and created this inspiring highlights video of their time on the continent! ’4 Minutes in Antarctica’ demonstrates the incredible white continent in all its glory, from gigantic icebergs and incredible landscapes, to cute penguins, whales, seals and birds! It sets the scene for what a trip to Antarctica can look like with Quark Expeditions! About Worldy Nomads: As [...]
Adventurous Quark Expeditions passengers take on a sloping hike at Deception Island in late February 2013. The Sea Adventurer is anchored below, shrouded in light mist from the water. The day was clear and warm and the view from the top was absolutely spectacular. Many people had to remove their parkas at the top - a great way to get some exercise and work up an appetite for another amazing meal aboard [...]
Molting gentoo penguin at Neko Harbour, Antarctica. When penguins molt it takes quite a bit of energy. They do not eat or move. We had to be very careful not to disturb this fellow and cause him to expend extra energy. A zoom lens was used so we did not have to get too close! Photo by Corina Hitchcock on Quark Expeditions 8 day “Fly the Drake” voyage, Feb [...]
Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes. It is hard describe the feeling you get when you see an iceberg up close for the first time and see the beautiful blue colors reflecting back at you. You will encounter many iceberg that have melted away to form uneven archways. The fragile archway allowing you to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife or a zodiac of Quark passengers cruising by [...]