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Tips & Tricks for Amazing Polar Photography with Your Smartphone

Over the last few years, built-in cameras have become standard in smartphones, and those built-in cameras have been getting better and better. Today, many smartphone cameras offer high definition, spot metering, adjustable exposure and endless photo editing apps which rival most point-and-shoot cameras on the market.  When you’re planning an expedition into polar landscapes, that may mean a separate point-and-shoot camera is one less piece of equipment you need to [...]

Polar Photography: Protecting Your Equipment in Extreme Conditions

The icy landscapes and exotic wildlife found in polar expeditions simply beg to be photographed. Many of Quark’s passengers have flexed their photography skills in the polar landscape, capturing sweeping icebergs, intimate wildlife views and even underwater marine life. The extreme cold, snow, briny ocean water and condensation polar photographers face can seriously damage equipment if photographers aren’t careful. With the right knowledge, preparation and a few extra accessories, however, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Packing for the Polar Regions

Watch as Jaymie MacAulay, Quark Expeditions Merchandise Coordinator, answers our most commonly asked question: what to pack when travelling to the Polar Regions.

Statement

Quark Expeditions is deeply saddened by a tragedy, which occurred on the Sea Spirit during an Arctic expedition on Monday morning, June 17.  Our thoughts are with the three passengers involved in this incident and with their families, all of whom have been contacted.   We thank you in advance for your support and patience during this difficult and sensitive time.   Our official statement on the incident follows below. Should you have [...]

Taking it all in

During my recent voyage with Quark there were moments where I was left speechless.  There were many opportunities  to explore the rugged landscape and get up close with the wildlife in their natural setting.  The surroundings were so spectacular that I would have to remind myself to pause and take it all in.   Antarctica is unlike any other place in the world that I have traveled to.   Quark Passenger, [...]

Shackleton & Scott voyage to Antarctica with Quark

Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Robert Falcon Scott) are currently on Quark’s 11-day Antarctic Explorer voyage, February 9, 2013,  Ocean Diamond Voyage to Antarctica. Their  first landing in Antarctica took place on Feb. 12th , 2013 and Scott and Shackleton were on the continent together for the first time.  A film crew from NBC’s Today Show caught them shaking hands and Scott said [...]

Best buddies

This is a pair of Gentoo penguins.  Their white cap, black & orange beak, long tail and pinkish toned feet stand out against the rocky shores of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Despite their awkward waddle on land, they are very quick in the water.  If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some swimming behind you during your Zodiac Cruise.  Photo taken in Dec. 2012, by a Quark Passenger.