Category archives: Wow Moments

Stand-up Paddleboarding: A Unique New Perspective on Antarctic Adventure

Beginning in the 2015.16 Antarctic travel season, Quark Expeditions passengers can participate in a fun, exhilarating new adventure: Stand-up Paddleboarding (also known as SUP). Popular in warmer climes, we’re offering this combination of surfing and canoeing or kayaking in the Antarctic, to give visitors a unique perspective on the pristine, untouched land and waterscape. Even though the watersport started in Hawaii, it’s not limited to tropical areas.  one of the world’s [...]

Myths of Traveling to Antarctica by Marybeth Bond

Our friends and colleagues plagued us with questions before we left. Won’t you be cold, bored, unsafe and sea sick? I admit, I too had some concerns but none of them proved true. Cold? I was never cold and we were exposed to the ferocious winds and weather when we climbed a volcano in the snow, rode zodiacs around icebergs and kayaked through thin ice.  We also had sunny, calm [...]

Wow moment: Quark passengers encounter humpback whales

Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, and the passengers aboard Quark’s Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, shared a once in a life time experience; being surrounded by humpback and orca whales.    For close to three hours, a group of 50  whales were breaching, tail slapping and flaking around the zodiacs that were cruising in Wilhelmina Bay. Fun fact: Reaching between 40 and 50 feet in length, a humpback whale can weigh up [...]

Best Job In The World

Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, who is leading Quark’s Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, has experienced what most people can only dream of; a once in a life-time encounter with Humpback and Orca whales.   Below is Shane’s description of this phenomenal event: Well when I wrote you to tell you about having the best office ever…it got better. We started our cruise at 1430 in Wilhelmina and we had about ten [...]

Humpback whales bump into zodiac: rare moment captured on video

When passenger Walter B. Jenkins was on Quark’s 2013 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Voyage, he managed to capture a rare (and amazing!) moment: “We had several great encounters with whales and dolphins, and the highlight of the trip for me was when two humpback whales came so close to our Zodiac one of them bumped us. I managed to get that on video!”  

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 [...]

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 [...]

Polar Adventure: Camping in Antarctica

This post is featured on The Weather Channel website written by Matthew Neugeboren and Stephanie Valera.  It  highlights adventure couple Dave and Deb of ThePlantD as they embark on a memorable camping experience in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions: With its breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife, many consider Antarctica as one of the most fascinating places on Earth. But it’s also a land of extremes, the coldest and driest continent on Earth, [...]

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 [...]