Category archives: Arctic

Top 5 reasons to visit the North Pole!

1. Be one of 250 people each year to stand on top of the world 2.  Hear the sound multi-year ice breaking  aboard a Nuclear powered icebreaker ship 3. Sip champagne and toast at 90 degrees north 4. Encounter arctic wildlife and see polar bears in Franz Josef Land 5. Walk or take a helicopter ride at the North Pole   Traveling to the Arctic is without a doubt a life [...]

10 things you didn't know about the walrus!

1. A walrus can hold it’s breathe under water for up to 30 minutes. 2. The adult male walrus can weigh from 900kg to 1400kg (2000 to 3000lbs) and can grow to 12ft in length. 3. Although the walruses body looks bald, it’s actually covered with a thin layer of fur. 4. The tusks of the male walrus can weight over 3 pounds each. 5. The walruses scientific name, ‘Odobenus rosmarus’, is [...]

Part 2: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John’s full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class.  While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had [...]

Part 1: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John’s full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class.  While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had [...]

OSC Cross: The Latest In Polar Fashion

While it’s important to keep warm while travelling to the polar regions, it’s also just as important to look cool!  Which is why Quark Expeditions are loving these supremely functional (and supremely stylish) layering vests from OSC Cross.  The Canadian brand is born out of the concept of having tailored fits, coupled with expert workmanship that result in three keystones: an appreciation for good design, decades of expertise in the industry, [...]

Life Aboard the Sea Spirit

Photo courtesy of passenger slideshow Spitsbergen voyage June 24th 2013 Currently aboard the Spitsbergen Voyage, we have a special program with the Chinese Arctic Youth Group, that is incorporated by Quark’s GSA Amazing Cruises and Travel. Annie Inglis, Expedition Co-ordinator, has sent us an update from the Sea Spirit: Spitsbergen Explorer – 28th July to 4th August, 2013   Our very excited students boarded the Sea Spirit in Longyearbyen on [...]

North Pole Adventure with Chris

Name: Chris McFarlane Job title: Assistant Manager, Operations Trip Name: North Pole  Pre-post night city: Helsinki Ship name: 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) Date of Travel: July 1, 2013 to July 12, 2013 What word best describes your travel style & why? (Adventurer ,Check-lister, Learner , Escapist) Adventurer. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a list of places that I’m interested in travelling to, and [...]

Scenic Waters

If only we could walk on water!  This stunning photo was captured in July 2011 on one of our amazing Spitsbergen Expeditions. Photo credit: Passenger Al Gellin Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things polar! Follow us: @QuarkExpedition on Twitter | QuarkExpeditions on Facebook

Spitsbergen Circumnavigation - voyage update!

Great update sent to us today from our Spitsbergen Circumnavigation voyage, currently in progress:   “Last night we camped at Hornsund. All went well and for the campers we enjoyed a bonus walk, a beluga visit at the landing beach where we gathered to enjoy views of adults and young and then mist and sunshine created a colourful rainbow over our campers.  Today while sailing into Brepolle, we spotted a [...]

Guest Post: 24 Hours in Longyearbyen

 If you’re planning to take one of our wildlife-intense Spitsbergen voyages, you’ll find yourself in Longyearbyen, Svalbard before embarkation on your trip. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard, Norway, and is considered the world’s northernmost town.  Award-winning travel blogger Jennifer Dombrowski of  jdombstravels.com shares her tips on the best ways to spend 24 hours in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.   Svalbard’s only town with more than a handful of inhabitants, Longyearbyen, is a city of northernmosts. [...]