Category archives: Arctic

In the Footsteps of Franklin: Canadian Team Discovers Lost Franklin Expedition Ship

Feature photo:  Bettman/Corbis After more than 160 years of searching, the Government of Canada announced this week that a Canadian team has located one of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic exploration ships, just off King William Island. “I am delighted to announce that this year’s Victoria Strait Expedition has solved one of Canada’s greatest mysteries, with the discovery of one of the two ships belonging to the Franklin Expedition lost [...]

Arctic Quest: Colin Stump recounts his thrilling Arctic adventure

Written by Colin Stump. Social media has drowned us in superlatives. Amazing, OMG, fantastic, awesome, etc etc. So, how can I possibly recount a recent adventure in the Arctic without recourse to the same? Perhaps I should focus on the professionalism of our expedition team, the guys and gals from Quark Expeditions. These are the folks who variously hunt out the best wildlife viewing opportunities, lead hikes in polar bear [...]

I left my heart in Uummannaq: Greenland with Acacia Johnson

By: Acacia Johnson   I first watched Uummannaq appear from the sea. In the golden haze of morning light, a single spire loomed silhouetted on the horizon; icebergs filling the ocean ahead. Mountains lined both side of the ship, purple in the glow of dawn, glaciers zigzagging their way towards the sea. As the sun’s rays began to pour over the land, the colorful houses of Uummannaq came into view, [...]

A Leap of Faith: The Murres of Cape Walstenholme

Written by Acacia Johnson After sailing east from Churchill, the Sea Explorer was promptly met with a gale warning. High winds, swell, and poor visibility kept us on the ship for a day and a half, and with white caps ripping across the sea’s surface outside the window, we instead turned our attention to lectures and presentations. Fortunately, clear skies soon appeared on the weather forecast, and when opportunity struck, [...]

White Whale Wonderland: Cruising with Belugas in Churchill

Written by Acacia Johnson On a beautifully warm day in Churchill, Manitoba, the Sea Explorer welcomed a new group of passengers aboard. After a long day of travel and sightseeing for our guests, we had initially planned a restful evening for their first hours aboard the ship – but nature had other plans. In the true spirit of an expedition, we decided to seize the opportunities that presented themselves, because outside, [...]

Beluga Whales, Kayaking & Other Adventures at 74° North

Written by Quark President, Hans Lagerweij I’m writing this blog from the unique surroundings of the Arctic Watch Lodge at 74˚ Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada. Quark Expeditions® has launched this lodge as our first land-based polar product, diversifying our product and re-asserting our position as experts that take you safely and comfortably to extreme locations on land and at sea. I can proudly say that our experience at Arctic Watch [...]

A Monumental Experience: Bears, Bergs, and Brilliant Weather

By Acacia Johnson Having spent a day crossing Davis Strait from the foggy, ice-filled wonderland that was Greenland, it was with much anticipation that we approached the Canadian Arctic. Our first stop would be Monumental Island, an uninhabited island where we hoped to spot some Arctic wildlife. Almost magically, the sea stood perfectly still, flat and calm far into the open ocean towards Greenland. With bright sun gleaming through a hazy [...]

Quark Expeditions’ Guide to Explore Human Connection to the Arctic Landscape This Winter

Artist and photographer Acacia Johnson is all set to join Quark Expeditions as a guide and photography lecturer in the Arctic this season. Even before she joins us, Johnson is looking towards the winter, when she’ll stay on in the Arctic to work on Into Indigo, her exploration in images of the profound human connection to the mythic winter landscape of the Canadian Arctic. Johnson will stay a full season [...]

Quark Expeditions Supports Vivienne Westwood's "Save the Arctic" Campaign

Celebrity  image credit: Andy Gotts and Quark images staff by Lisa McLean. This Arctic travel season, Quark Expeditions’ Arctic voyages passengers and staff will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and important campaign to save the Arctic. Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has enlisted the support of superstars George Clooney, Chris Martin and Paloma Faith for her “Save the Arctic” campaign, part of the larger Climate Revolution movement. In [...]

Meet the Muskox, Greenland's Gentle Giant

When we think of Greenland, a formidable, rocky and barren span inhospitable to life comes to mind. However, it is far from that! Greenland’s pristine Arctic wilderness is rich with wildlife, both land and water-borne. Passengers on our 14-day East Greenland expedition have a unique opportunity to view animals few will ever see outside of a zoo in their natural habitat, including Greenland’s largest land mammal, the muskox. Muskox stand [...]