Category archives: From the Field

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 [...]

Quark Doctor Puts her Stamp on Nature Photography

For British doctor, Dr. Samantha Crimmin, one of Quark’s onboard doctors, work and play have dovetailed in the most remarkable of ways. The emergency medicine doctor, and amateur photographer, spent a year in South Georgia working as a medical officer for the British Antarctic Survey and given the scant population on the island, found she had lots of time on her hands. “To make up for the lack of patients, [...]

A year on South Georgia: Sam Crimmin, Quark Expeditions Doctor

“If you were to take a giant caring knife, slice along beneath on of the highest mountain ridges of Switzerland, just where the huge glaciers tumble into the valley below, and then drop your slice of mountain, dripping with sugar-icing, into the sea, I think you would get a fair idea of the place. For it is long and narrow and everywhere the snow covered mountains rise straight from the water, reaching near the centre [...]