Category archives: Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer: Voyage update from the Sea Spirit

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, Spitsbergen Explorer is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus.  Located above the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen welcomes travelers from around the world to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, [...]

Arctic Kayaking a Timeless Adventure in the Far North

Imagine embarking on an Arctic odyssey where you have the opportunity to meet Greenland’s Inuit people, witness traditional kayaking, and venture into that rarified wilderness realm of beluga whales, polar bears, walrus, seals, and muskox.  Our 16-day Arctic Quest voyage promises just that – it’s designed to delight historians, adventurers, and wildlife lovers alike. As our most diversified expedition, it also features a unique option for kayaking aficionados to get [...]

Yellowknife

Photo courtesy of Tim Post,  Director, Sales and Client Service at Quark Expeditions. Travelers en route to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge are first treated to a stop in Yellowknife. This vibrant, scenic city in Canada’s Northwest Territories serves as the gateway to the Arctic and offers a fantastic variety of activities, both outdoor and urban.  Situated on the Canadian Shield and Great Slave Lake (the deepest lake in North [...]

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 [...]