Category archives: Travel News

Quark interviews Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

Feature photo by Göran Ehlmé, National Geographic Creative Can you introduce yourself? My name is Paul Nicklen and I’m a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine. I’m also a polar specialist in communicating the issues of climate change in the Polar Regions. What drives you to go to the Polar Regions? I continue to go to both the Arctic and Antarctica because they are the fastest climates changing in the [...]

Sochi 2014 Games: Olympic torch visits the North Pole

For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board Quark’s  nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  The icebreaker, which departed from Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest  trip ever –  50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north.   Once [...]

Hot Docs & Quark Expeditions: First-ever Polar Floating Film Festivial

Talk about a milestone here at Quark Expeditions! Eight documentaries have been selected by Hot Docs for the first-ever Polar Floating Film Festival.  Starting November 2, 2013 the films will be featured on the Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage.   “Quark is continually striving to provide its passengers with unique experiences when traveling to the Polar Regions,” said Hans [...]

OSC Cross: The Latest In Polar Fashion

While it’s important to keep warm while travelling to the polar regions, it’s also just as important to look cool!  Which is why Quark Expeditions are loving these supremely functional (and supremely stylish) layering vests from OSC Cross.  The Canadian brand is born out of the concept of having tailored fits, coupled with expert workmanship that result in three keystones: an appreciation for good design, decades of expertise in the industry, [...]

Quark Expeditions Announces 2014 - 2015 Antarctic Season

33 departures featuring two extended “Epic” voyages Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, today announced the company’s Antarctic 2014-2015 season. Highlights of the season include two extended voyages that will offer passengers Southern Ocean and Antarctica once-in-a-lifetime adventures in and around the 7th continent. With 33 departures starting November 5, 2014, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.   New Expedition Added Antarctica’s Scotia Arc: The [...]

Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory

Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole. [Waterbury, VT] – July 2, 2013 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, has just successfully reached the geographic North Pole for the 46th time as part of its first voyage of the 2013 Arctic season. It took only four days from Murmansk, Russia, to the North Pole. The 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel [...]

Great Scott! Falcon Scott is joining Quark Expeditions on several 2013.14 Antarctic voyages

This just in: Falcon Scott, grandson of famed Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, will be reuniting with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s cousin, Jonathan Shackleton, on four Quark voyages this Antarctic season. Join Falcon and Jonathan on the Ocean Diamond as they regale passengers with tales of their ancestors’ battle to the South Pole. The pair will be on the November 14, 2013 voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, [...]

 
 
 

Director of ‘Chasing Ice,’ Special Guest Aboard Quark Expeditions voyage

Passionate about the polar regions? You aren’t going to want to miss this  voyage!  Quark Expeditions is thrilled to announce that Jeff Orlowski, director of the Oscar-nominated climate change documentary, Chasing Ice, will join our 22-day Antarctic expedition featuring the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival. Wanderlust magazine has named this expedition one of its ‘”50 Best Trips for 2013.” Orlowski’s Chasing Ice, chronicles environmental photographer James Balog’s, attempts to capture the [...]

Stay Safe With Quark Expeditions

When you book your next voyage with Quark Expeditions, you can rest assured that you are traveling with one of the most responsible and safety-conscious companies in the Polar expeditions industry. In December 2012, Quark became the first (and only) expedition cruise company in the world to complete a third party health and safety assessment. Quark successfully demonstrated conformity to the highly respected British Standard BS 8848, in an evaluation [...]

All about the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

While researching travel to the Antarctic, you’ve probably come across the name “IAATO” (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) a number of times.  We asked Dr. Kim Crosbie, Operations Director for IAATO to answer a few questions for us about what exactly IAATO  is and why it’s so important. She also gave us a few words about her personal experiences in Antarctica!   (1)    What is IAATO? IAATO is a member organisation [...]