Category archives: Arctic

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 [...]

Part 2: Greenland Explorer update from Expedition Leader Alex McNeil

The second update installment from Alex McNeil, Quark  Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer.  Our time amongst the Viking spirits was over we headed north and prepared people for our first visit to an Inuit community. An extensive recap highlighted the cultural, social, and economical aspects of these communities. People were excited to visit this remote outpost and move into the next phase of our journey. Yes, I have broken this trip [...]

Part 1: Greenland Explorer update from Expedition Leader Alex McNeil

Below is an insightful update from Alex McNeil, who is  Quark’s  Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer.  Alex has a strong passion for the polar regions, and has traveled extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic, completing nearly 100 expeditions: Things have been going incredibly well. Everything we have been able to do has far exceeded even my own expectations for this voyage. We have been able to identify and take [...]

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 [...]