Category archives: Wow Moments

Polar bear snow bath

Although they are often placed together in cartoons and drawings, it is a common misconception that polar bears and penguins live in the same polar environments. Polar Bears can be found in five nations: U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. Luckily for penguins, polar bears do not live in Antarctica. Our #IcePhoto today is from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated [...]

South Georgia in the sunshine

Pristine ice and snow from the Sea Spirit in Fortuna Bay, South Georgia – a perfect view for our ice photo today! Photo credit: Kyle Marquardt, taken during a South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula voyage, aboard our ship the Sea Spirit.   Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and [...]

King penguin chicks

Today’s photo comes from passenger Judith Conning who says  ”I thought you might like one of my favourite images from South Georgia/Antarctica 2008.  About time I did another trip.” We’d love to have you join us again Judith! Thanks for sending in your photo! If you’d like to see the incredible king penguin colonies of South Georgia, we recommend our Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica voyage – a photographer’s dream!

Glacier Calving

A dramatic moment captured as  a glacier calves during a Three Arctic Islands expedition in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Frede Hansen. Glacier or ice calving is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier and is often preceded by a loud cracking sound similar to thunder! You can read one passenger’s firsthand experience on this voyage right here. Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post [...]

To the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

We sat down with Quark’s Polar Travel Manager Terri Chalmers and asked her to tell us a little bit about her Three Arctic Islands voyage with us last fall. She also shared a few of her favourite photos from the voyage – thanks Terri!  Thinking of taking this expedition? Read all about it from the eyes of a Quark passenger below!     Name: Terri Chalmers Job title: Polar Travel [...]

Lunchtime in the Arctic

A polar bear looks up at a passing ship full of Quark passengers. This polar bear has just finished having himself what looks like quite the meal!   Photo by passenger Melissa on our September 4, 2012 “Three Arctic Islands” voyage, named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime” in 2011.   Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with [...]

Camping in Antarctica

Camping with the incredible scenery of Antarctica as backdrop – one for everyone’s bucket list!  Stay cozy in camping equipment specially designed for cold temperatures, the soundtrack of seals and penguins lulling you to sleep (or perhaps keeping you awake!). Interested in this experience of a life time? Contact one of our polar travel advisers for more details!    Photo by Phil Wickens, Nov 2012.

Welcome to the North Pole!

A polar bear appears to wave lazily at passing Quark Expeditions passengers: “Welcome to the North Pole!” Photo from the passenger slideshow, “Voyage to the North Pole” 24 June to 6 July 2011. Be one of only 250 people to stand at the top of the world in 2013! Join us on Russian icebreaker 50 Years of Victory as we head to 90 degrees north. Got an ice photo of your own [...]

Iceberg facts

A few interesting facts about icebergs today, courtesy of the National Snow & Ice Data Center! What exactly is an Iceberg? Icebergs are pieces of ice that formed on land and float in an ocean or lake.  Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, from ice-cube-sized chunks to ice islands the size of a small country.  The term “iceberg” refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) [...]

Who is that handsome devil?

A polar bear admires his reflection in icy arctic waters – the perfect submission for #IcePhoto Wednesday! Photo from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage, July 2010.   Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things polar!