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Arctic Expeditions

The Arctic – still one of the last frontiers on earth. It is the place of Viking conquest and boasts a rich collection of wildlife, including the polar bear, walrus, musk ox and narwhal. Unlike Antarctica, the Arctic region is home to small communities of people who have developed some of the hardiest societies on the planet.

The region spans the Arctic Ocean and covers land areas in parts of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and the United States (Alaska) as well as Sweden and Finland.

Quark Expeditions has been the world leader in polar adventures for over two decades and successfully operated many first-ever voyages here, including the first Transpolar Bridge across the North Pole, and the first Northeast Passage.

  • 13 days
    from $7,495

    In the far north of Russia is the icy realm of Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote and raw archipelagos in the world. Discovered less than 150 years ago, it is comprised of about 192 islands and is home to the walrus, polar bear, seal, arctic fox and beluga whale, as well as rich birdlife. Now considered a nature reserve within the Russian Arctic National Park administration, it is visited by few people, and the landscapes of the islands are still dotted with relics from famous explorers of the past.

  • 13 days
    from $7,995

    Cruise North, Fly South Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and its inhabitants offer you a rare connection to the past with their tradition of living off the land just as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

  • 13 days
    from $7,995

    The world’s largest fjord system of Scoresbysund, majestic Greenland National Park, the vivid display of Northern Lights, and the Inuit settlement and people of Ittoqqortoormiit combine to make this a picture-perfect, comprehensive expedition

  • 10 days
    from $5,995

    For those short on time, the benefits of this expedition are many. You’ll witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system of Scoresbysund, discover the fascinating Inuit settlements and people of Ittoqqortoormiit, and have the possibility of viewing some of the world’s most vivid displays of Northern Lights. As one of our more active adventures, you’ll have the chance to trek along the tundra and at Greenland National Park, climb mountains and watch grazing musk ox and other arctic wildlife on the horizon.

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    On this epic 75-day circumnavigation you will travel in true expedition style on the mighty Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker. Discover the fabled Northeast Passage, explore Northern Greenland where you will attempt to make polar history, travel through the best of the Canadian High Arctic and journey through the Northwest Passage, all while enjoying astounding aerial views afforded by Khlebnikov’s two on-board helicopters.

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    Two voyage make up this semi-circumnavigation of the High Arctic; from the calving glaciers of Ilulissat to the petrified forests of Ellesmere Island to whalebone arches on Ittygran, Russia, this voyage is ideal for those seeking an in-depth, authentic expedition that traverses the full Northwest Passage (Greenland to Russia).

  • 18 days
    from $19,795

    From quiet coastal towns to authentic Inuit communities to awe-inspiring Ilulissat, this voyage is ideal for those seeking an in-depth, authentic expedition to the less discovered areas of the Arctic. Truly off the beaten path.

  • 26 days
    from $29,995

    On the fabled Northeast Passage, travelers will encounter thick pack ice, unique geological formations and the fascinating cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. On-board helicopters and the Khlebnikov’s sheer icebreaking force combine to take you to some of the most magnificent regions of the world others dare not sail.

  • 21 days
    from $23,495

    Northeast Greenland is one of the most isolated regions in the world. The lush tundra supports herds of musk oxen, and shore landings offer excellent hiking and photographic opportunities.

  • Prince Leopold Island
    18 days
    from $20,695

    On this special icebreaker expedition of the Northwest Passage, you’ll witness first-hand the haunting beauty of the northern wilderness, wildlife and culture. Be prepared to encounter every type of Arctic wildlife, including whales, seals, polar bears, and sea birds as have a chance to immerse yourself in northern culture with visits to Canadian Inuit and Russian Yupik and Chuckchi communities.

  • 8 or 10 days
    from $5,995

    Spend a week at this unique Canadian Arctic Wilderness Lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site. Observe musk ox, polar bears and more wildlife in their natural habitat. Situated 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers fully-guided opportunities for hiking, kayaking and exploring the Arctic tundra in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

  • 13 days
    from $6,495

    An exploration of historic Canadian and Greenlandic sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife and Inuit culture equals one amazing Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.

  • 9 days
    from $5,195

    This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land.

  • Join the exclusive club
    14 days
    from $26,995

    To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget.

  • 3 days
    from $18,995

    A privileged few have ever stayed at Barneo Ice Camp, a private functioning science and logistics station established annually from scratch on a shifting ice floe. And for 2016, a select group of passengers can take part in this unique 3-day expedition which features an overnight stay at this extraordinary seasonal basecamp before heading to the top of the world.

    Guests at Barneo include international scientists and researchers, ice pilots, polar skiers and free divers. Stays at Barneo include Antonov AN-74 and Mi-8 helicopter flights, landing on a frozen runway and a celebration at the North Pole.

  • 20 days
    from $11,995

    For centuries, fortune-seekers risked their lives to find the Northwest Passage, the fabled sea route running between Europe and Asia.

  • 20 days
    from $11,995

    On this active expedition, we’ll visit some of the main highlights of the fabled Northwest Passage, a sea route long-known to sailors around the world for its formidable channels.

  • 15 days
    from $8,295

    This mystical expedition cruise of the northern Atlantic offers a fascinating blend of Scottish and Norse history, and provides rich culture and wildlife experiences, including rare opportunities that will delight birders. We will explore the medieval art, architecture and archaeology of Britain’s northernmost archipelagos of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, and discover contemporary life and Viking history there, before continuing to picturesque Bergen.

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    13 days
    from $7,295

    Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which we will attempt to circumnavigate on this voyage.

  • See iconic arctic Wildlife
    11 days
    from $6,495

    If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and Walrus.

  • Frederik Valley
    13 or 14 days
    from $7,295

    This award-winning expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway.

  • 12 days
    from $6,995

    Venture from Tromsø deeper into the Arctic Circle past iconic fjords towards the usually ice-bound Svalbard Archipelago.