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 [...]
Watch as Jaymie MacAulay, Quark Expeditions Merchandise Coordinator, answers our most commonly asked question: what to pack when travelling to the Polar Regions.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
Quark passengers on a zodiac cruise came across a family of seal on an iceberg, enjoying the sunshine. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the iceberg.
We asked Polar Travel Adviser Naomi to give us a list of the most commonly asked questions that Quark passengers ask. She’s listed them here with her answers - thanks Naomi! Q. Is there an age restriction? A. Quark Expeditions welcomes passengers aged 8 years old or above on any Quark vessel. Children under the age of 16 at time of travel require a waiver signed by a parent or guardian prior [...]