Category archives: Arctic

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 [...]

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