Category archives: From the Field

Filming The Mysterious 7th Continent

Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker, members of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers,  are a husband and wife film team. Rhonda is a Producer/Sound Recordist and Tony is a Cinematographer/Director. During the month of November 2013, the filmmakers were in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica working on a documentary about tourism and following in the footsteps of the great heroic Polar explorers, Capt. Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.  Below is a blog [...]

We Hope You Had The Time of Your Life

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: The leopard seal darts around our zodiac with finesse and curiosity. It twists, turns and tosses about, keeping us guessing where, after each dive, it might surface again. There it is, at our stern, its large triangular head and thick muscular neck perched well above the water’s surface as [...]

Life is a Penguin Highway

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: Looking out from the Sea Spirit towards landfall, the shorelines and slopes all around us look pristine and untouched. Everything is ice and snow-covered, the Transantarctic Mountains tower overhead, icebergs glisten in crystal clear water and silence hangs in the air. The Antarctic Peninsula appears spotless, deserted and empty. [...]

Stepping Back into Polar History

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: What would it be like to live in Antarctica for a year or more? Could you survive the isolation, dark and cold? What would you miss most from home? What might you learn about yourself in that time? These were some of the questions we asked ourselves and [...]

Crossing the Circle: voyage update

Below is an insightful update from Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood.  David is leading Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: 19 January 2014 We closed quickly in on the Antarctic Circle after crossing a kind Drake Passage. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the ship was woken to celebrate the crossing; everyone gathered to toast the Circle – some in pajamas supplemented with jackets others in full expedition garb. Watchers were rewarded with [...]

Antarctic Explorer Update from David "Woody" Wood

Feature photo: Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of Bei Maarten. Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, leading the Antarctic Explorer Voyage: 2nd December: Ushuaia  3-4 December The Drake passage flexed some muscle as we crossed it to begin our voyage south. Winds raged above 84 knots as we sailed south and it rocked and rolled us. The Ocean Diamond managed the conditions masterfully but it moved us [...]

Voyage update from David "Woody" Wood: Lemaire, Ice fields, Neko Harbour & Polar plunge

Feature photo courtesy of Marie & Dave Lincoln  Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, traveling on Quark’s Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Voyage: November 29 The sounds of ice grinding the hull was common overnight. We rose early to find that Captain Oleg  had gently sailed into a large field of ice which gave us views of the Lemaire channel. The sky was blue and the wind was still [...]

Voyage update from David “Woody” Wood

Feature photo courtesy of Rachel & Barry Chapman Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is currently aboard the Ocean Diamond, traveling on Quark’s Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Voyage: 20 November As we sailed toward South Georgia we were blessed with gentle seas. Our last day at sea was blessed with playful humpbacks and some good views of their massive pectoral fins slapping the water. We sailed toward and around Shagg [...]

A day in the Falklands aboard Ocean Diamond: voyage update from David "Woody" Wood

We had a great day today with our first day of excursions in the West Falkland area! First landing: Our morning started early at 06:30 when we enjoyed sailing between West Point island and West Falkland. The sky was alive with albatross. The Diamond glided through the narrow passage as currents disturbed the water surface. Captain brought us anchor near Carcass Island. The wind was fresh and the waves swept [...]

Chile Adventure Week: Punta Arenas

Clayton Anderson is Quark’s product manager and is responsible for developing all of Quark’s pre- and post-travel tours as well as our Arctic and Antarctic programs annually. I recently had the opportunity to join the Chile Adventure Week, organized by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). We visited some of the new up-and-coming regions in Chile, including the Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes Regions. It was a fun group of [...]