Category archives: Arctic

Sochi 2014 Games: Olympic torch visits the North Pole

For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board Quark’s  nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  The icebreaker, which departed from Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest  trip ever –  50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north.   Once [...]

Arctic Quest : Greenland to Churchill

Our most diverse Arctic expedition aboard our new ship, the Sea Explorer. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture. A wonderful expedition to a part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. Expedition Summary Day 1  Copenhagen, [...]

In the Footsteps of Franklin: Greenland & Canada's High Arctic

Explore the best of Greenland’s west coast on this 13 day voyage, including one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Crossing into the Canadian waters en route to Resolute, you’ll encounter spectacular limestone bird cliffs and Beechey Island, landing site of the Franklin Expedition. Expedition in Brief: Unique Arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, , whales, and massive sea bird colonies West Greenland and Canada’s High [...]

Epic High Arctic: Baffin Island Explorer via Fury and Hecla 2014

Photo taken at the historic Hudson Bay Company trading post on Day 4 at Fort Ross.   An exploration of historic Canadian sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife equals one special Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears. Expedition in Brief: Arctic wildlife – polar bears, whales, and massive sea bird colonies Experience the sites of the [...]

Greenland Explorer Part 2: Guest blog from Lynsey Devon

Whilst on our outing, an exploration on land was in order, so we paddlers left our boats with Dave the zodiac driving guru and ventured on to land to check out the abandoned village. It was a great start to the voyage’s kayaking program with the vixen of a kayak leader, Val Lubrik.  Chatting with Val, it was easy to see that she was impassioned about why this is such [...]

Greenland Explorer Part 1: Guest blog from Lynsey Devon

More ice than I knew what to do with by Lynsey Devon As I rested on the shores of Reykjavik at Harpa, Reykjavik’s spectacular new music hall on the harbor, I immersed myself in contemporary Scandinavian architecture under the blazing August sun. My embarkation time was approaching and like a game of peekaboo, a large sign offering me a fishing trip was skewing my view of the ship; I was [...]

A day in the life: Spitsbergen, Arctic

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on an Arctic expedition?  This video gives you an intimate snapshot of a day in the life of one of our Spitsbergen voyages.  Time spent in Spitsbergen is always unique from one day to the next. Epic, awesome and majestic, the Arctic region of Svalbard region is full of wildlife and amazing scenery just waiting for you. Come explore the Arctic and Antarctica [...]

Adventure Options highlight: Kayaking

Meet Quark’s kayaking expert: Solan Jensen.  Born and raised in coastal Alaska, Solan works as a kayak ranger and guide specializing in multi-day sea kayak trips.  A highlight of his career, Solan was the co-leader of one of the first commercially guided overnight sea kayak expeditions in Antarctica.  Below is an exclusive blog post from Solan: Kayaking in the Polar Regions is probably one of the most intimate and romantic ways to explore these [...]

Helly Hansen: The Captain of Polar Fashion

In cooler temperatures, warm becomes the new black.  No other brand has stood the test of time in polar fashion stronger than trailblazer, Helly Hansen. The brand started back in 1877 when Norwegian Captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Margarethe began producing jackets, trousers, sou’westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. Fast forward to the 20th century, Helly Hansen has continued to make several huge fabric [...]

Sea Spirit: The Ultimate in Comfort Expedition

Polar expeditions, by nature, are meant to be immersive, explorative adventures enabling passengers to truly get up close and personal with the wildlife and nature of these remote destinations.  Some say that the key difference with expedition travel is that it’s all about the destination – not the ship. However, all Polar exploration ships are not created equal. True expedition should not come at the cost of personal comfort; the [...]