Category archives: Greenland

Greenland's World Cup Fever Lasts All Year Long: Get in the Game!

Quark passengers and crew join locals in a game of football in Nuuk, Greenland in 2013. A number of things come to mind when we think of Greenland: stunning vistas, spectacular Northern Lights and awe-inspiring fjords among them. But football [a.k.a. soccer in North America]? Visitors might be surprised to learn that football is a year-round sport here, with World Cup fever alive and well. Even in the coldest winter [...]

Spotlight on Thule - Beyond the World’s Edge

Known today as Qaanaaq, the Inuit town formerly known as Thule lies in Greenland amid the country’s ice sheets and midnight sun. One of the northernmost inhabited places on the planet, it was originally named after the mythical, unchartable northern islands in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Thule was first referenced by Greek explorer Pytheas in 330 BC as a region where land and sea and air all met together, [...]

Fluffy flowers

The Arctic cottongrass is the most widespread flowering plant found in the northern hemisphere and Arctic tundra regions.  Cotton grass is not actually a type of grass, but rather a plant that  flourishes in areas that are too cold for trees. Fun fact:  in Scotland they used them to dress wounds during First World War. Photo courtesy of our passenger slideshow, 2013 Greenland Explorer Voyage.

Climate as Culture: Artists near the Arctic Circle

Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, while geographically far removed from the galleries of New York and London, hold a solid place on the international arts scene. Each steeped in thousands of years of Inuit history, they are culturally significant destinations on our Arctic Quest voyage. The second-largest settlement in Greenland, Sisimiut has managed to maintain their small fishing village vibe with picturesque harbour walkways and a bustling arts community. Houses [...]

Arctic Quest: Cultural & Geographical Contrasts from Greenland to Churchill

Arctic Quest, our most diverse Arctic expedition, is popular among wildlife lovers, adventurers and historians alike. This is a journey of contrasts, where you may find yourself alternately immersed in Inuit culture, in awe of naturally magnificent icy fjords, and even enjoying close encounters with walrus or polar bears. Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Denmark, before boarding a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, home to Greenland’s largest commercial [...]

Visit Greenland: Interview with Malik Milfeldt

Malik Milfeldt, Senior Consultant, at Visit Greenland, stopped by Quark’s offices to chat about culture and travel in Greenland.  Below are  5 questions we asked Malik about this beautiful country: 1. What is the symbolism behind the Greenland flag? The flag of Greenland was designed by local artist (and Greenland native) Thue Christiansen.  The flag was adopted in 1985 and features the Danish colors. The white is symbolic of the ice and snow that [...]

Arctic Quest : Greenland to Churchill

Our most diverse Arctic expedition aboard our new ship, the Sea Explorer. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture. A wonderful expedition to a part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. Expedition Summary Day 1  Copenhagen, [...]

In the Footsteps of Franklin: Greenland & Canada's High Arctic

Explore the best of Greenland’s west coast on this 13 day voyage, including one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Crossing into the Canadian waters en route to Resolute, you’ll encounter spectacular limestone bird cliffs and Beechey Island, landing site of the Franklin Expedition. Expedition in Brief: Unique Arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, , whales, and massive sea bird colonies West Greenland and Canada’s High [...]

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 [...]