Category archives: Arctic

An Invitation to Meet the Arctic’s Wildlife Denizens

Feature image by Nansen Weber Photography  Landing ashore Somerset Island, Nunavut, some 500 miles above the Arctic Circle, is in itself a rare event only a handful of Arctic wilderness adventurists, photographers and researchers have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand.  Already known as the premier site for observing beluga whales, Somerset Island is also home to the most beautiful and exotic land-based occupants of the extreme north, from Arctic [...]

Polar Bucket List: 7 Must-See Arctic & Antarctic Destinations

To the adventure-addict, there are few areas in the world as alluring as those locked in ice. Polar destinations are as stunning and pristine as they are inhospitable, and the fact that these places are rarely seen by human eyes make them that much more enticing. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, there’s a world of discovery awaiting those who venture near the poles. 1. North Pole The treacherous, ice-filled [...]

Spotlight on Thule - Beyond the World’s Edge

Known today as Qaanaaq, the Inuit town formerly known as Thule lies in Greenland amid the country’s ice sheets and midnight sun. One of the northernmost inhabited places on the planet, it was originally named after the mythical, unchartable northern islands in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Thule was first referenced by Greek explorer Pytheas in 330 BC as a region where land and sea and air all met together, [...]

Arctic Summit Examines Initiatives Opening Eyes and Doorways to the North

Blog post written by Quark’s VP of Marketing and Product, Rachel Hilton. No longer the gaping white space at the top of the world map, the Arctic has evolved rapidly over the past several decades into a growing region of destinations to be discovered. Technology, a wealth of natural resources and small ship accessibility have all contributed to the ever-increasing interest in – and access to – the far North. [...]

New Icelandic Culinary Products Available Onboard Sea Spirit

Feature photo courtesy of The Planet D All of Quark’s vessels have onboard Polar Boutiques, which are fully stocked with last minute expedition gear such as waterproof pants, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hats and other layers essential to a dry and successful voyage. You’ll also be able to find the perfect Polar souvenir onboard for your friends and family…or even a keepsake for yourself. Saltverk’s Lava Salt / Nr °02 [...]

Extraordinary Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire

In the recent blockbuster, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the title character, played by Ben Stiller, changes his timecard-punching life forever when he travels to hunt down a mysterious freelance photographer. It’s no coincidence that his adventure quickly lands him in none other than Iceland, where the otherworldly landscapes and volcanic activity set the backdrop for an experience that changes Walter forever. Although it was little known to tourists [...]

Quark Expeditions Welcomes You to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Experience

Exciting news! For the upcoming 2015 expedition seasons, Quark is very pleased to offer our first-ever land-based adventure. It’s an Arctic experience like no other, 500 miles above the Arctic Circle at the family-owned and operated Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Somerset Island, Nunavut. A world class beluga whale observation site, Somerset Island lies between Prince of Wales Island and Baffin Island in the remote Canadian Arctic Archipelago. An Arctic [...]

Spotlight on Akpatok Island

Akpatok Island is a fascinating place that very few – even Canadians – know about or will ever have the pleasure of visiting, largely because it’s so remote and completely uninhabited. No one has lived here for more than 100 years.  Akpatok is located in Ungava Bay in Quebec’s far north. It’s the largest island in Ungava Bay, separated from Baffin Island by Hudson Strait. Although Quebec’s mainland is only [...]

A Guide to the Arctic: Explore And Win A Trip!

We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of our new, interactive online polar north region discovery and exploration tool. A Guide to the Arctic allows you to simply click to explore Arctic regions, wildlife, climate, history, geography and fun facts. Clicking on various points within each category and information layer reveals pop-up boxes with fast facts, visuals, videos and more. Where more information is available, users can take a [...]

Getting to the Arctic: Travel Tips for In & Around Arctic Gateway Cities

Getting to the Arctic with Quark Expeditions® involves travel through a major gateway, such as Helsinki, Finland, or Toronto, Canada. Our embarkation and stopover cities are destinations in themselves; use these tips to get the most out of your time in your travel gateway city. Leave Plenty of Time for Travel Ideally, passengers should leave at least two days for travel to their embarkation point. Getting to the Arctic surely [...]