Category archives: From the Field

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 [...]

Guest Post: Antarctica through the Eyes of an Arctic Aficionado by Andrew White

As someone who has truly been bitten by the Arctic bug, I was chomping at the bit to see Antarctica. And as the newest member of the Quark sales team, I was looking forward to seeing a Quark expedition in action. Like most salespeople it is easier to sell something you have experienced and even easier if you are genuinely passionate about it. Would it stack up to my experiences [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Spitsbergen Expedition - Voyage Update!

Wow!! What an amazing day for the expeditioners aboard the Sea Spirit. This morning we ventured out in the zodiacs to explore the ethereal basalt cliffs of Alkefjellet, in the Hinlopen Strait. As we drew close we were absorbed into the cacophony of sound and ceaseless movement of several hundred thousand birds, mostly Brunnich’s guillemots. The sky swarmed with birds, many with small fish in their beaks, and the cliffs [...]

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 [...]

Guest Post: To Antarctica with Jonathan Shackleton

A Guest post from Falcon Scott   Making a journey to Antarctica is a lifetime experience for anyone, but once you’ve been it actually draws you back. It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes you feel this way. Even after three adventures to the Antarctic, every trip has been like my first – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   For me, one could say it comes naturally as my [...]