Category archives: Arctic

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. [...]

Featured passenger photo: Spitsbergen Cruising

This photo was sent to us by passenger Lotte Furlong, who recently traveled with us on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Lotte was kind enough to send us a few fantastic photos from her expedition, and had this to say about her trip: “It was an amazing trip! The expedition staff was phenomenal. I would recommend it to anyone and I can’t wait to book Antarctica.” Thanks Lotte! We can’t wait [...]

Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory

Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole. [Waterbury, VT] – July 2, 2013 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, has just successfully reached the geographic North Pole for the 46th time as part of its first voyage of the 2013 Arctic season. It took only four days from Murmansk, Russia, to the North Pole. The 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel [...]

Polar bear snow bath

Although they are often placed together in cartoons and drawings, it is a common misconception that polar bears and penguins live in the same polar environments. Polar Bears can be found in five nations: U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. Luckily for penguins, polar bears do not live in Antarctica. Our #IcePhoto today is from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated [...]

Explore Greenland

From unique cultures and rare wildlife to majestic landscapes and towering icescapes, Greenland is beyond imagination. Describing Greenland as multicultural might seem a little unorthodox, however when you learn about its rich Viking history, the journey of the Dorset people, as well as the Greenlandic people and the Danish immigrants, you’ll agree that Greenland is a melting pot of old and new mores. Visiting communities big (up to 5000 residents) [...]

Reasons to visit East Greenland

If Greenland is known for one thing, it is probably its amazing views of the Aurora Borealis. Known to most as the “Northern Lights,” this majestic display of natural light in the northern sky is breathtaking to say the least. The Greenlandic people believe the dancing of the Northern Lights are their “ancestors’ spirits playing football [soccer] in the sky.” Some of the best displays in August and September can [...]

Giveaway: Signed "Chasing Ice" poster

It’s #IcePhoto Wednesday so to celebrate, we’re giving away 4 copies of  the official “Chasing Ice” movie poster, signed by director Jeff Orlowski! Jeff Orlowski is a special guest aboard our Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires voyage in 2014, which features the first ever Floating Polar Film Festival!  You can read more about this exciting 22 day voyage and the film festival right here.   To be entered to [...]

Glacier Calving

A dramatic moment captured as  a glacier calves during a Three Arctic Islands expedition in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Frede Hansen. Glacier or ice calving is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier and is often preceded by a loud cracking sound similar to thunder! You can read one passenger’s firsthand experience on this voyage right here. Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post [...]

To the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

We sat down with Quark’s Polar Travel Manager Terri Chalmers and asked her to tell us a little bit about her Three Arctic Islands voyage with us last fall. She also shared a few of her favourite photos from the voyage – thanks Terri!  Thinking of taking this expedition? Read all about it from the eyes of a Quark passenger below!     Name: Terri Chalmers Job title: Polar Travel [...]