Category archives: From the Field

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 [...]

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 [...]

Conversation with Shackleton and Scott

On Oct.10 2013 Quark  Expeditions hosted a webinar with descendants of famed Polar explorers, Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Captain Robert Falcon Scott).  Together they speak about about their ancestors’ Antarctic explorations, their successes and failures. Click on the link below and listen about the rich history between Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott through the eyes of their descendants! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT513UE498E     [...]

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 [...]