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 trips here, including the first Transpolar Bridge across the North Pole, and the first Northeast Passage.
10 daysfrom $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.
8 or 10 daysfrom $6,295
Spend a week exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada. Situated 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography thanks to 24 hours of daylight.
13 daysfrom $6,495
On this adventure, we’ll explore some of the most isolated regions in the world as our small
ship and Zodiacs take us to areas that are otherwise inaccessible. The unrivaled natural beauty
of these remote lands is simply breathtaking: you can’t help but marvel at the red heart-shaped mountain of Uummannaq, the soaring rock faces of the Sam Ford Fjord, the freshly calved
bergs in the Ilulissat Icefjord, and the sheer ruggedness of islands inhabited only by iconic arctic creatures such as walrus and polar bears. In one mystical expedition, you’ll experience the wonder of the wilderness of these two historic islands.
14 daysfrom $8,395
Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the best displays of the 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.
18 daysfrom $8,995
This 18-day arctic adventure is an in-depth exploration of historic, remote regions of Iceland, Greenland and Canada, venturing to some of the most picturesque places on the planet.
9 daysfrom $5,195
This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team on board the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land.
14 daysfrom $27,995
Your icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore—the North Pole. Crushing through multiyear pack ice, the journey can take as long as a week, which only helps heighten the level of excitement. Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival, and if conditions permit, soar above the Earth on an optional hot air balloon ride.
3 daysfrom $19,995
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.
For centuries, fortune-seekers risked their lives to find the Northwest Passage, the fabled sea route running between Europe and Asia.
11 daysfrom $6,295
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.
13 daysfrom $7,995
Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and on this voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations.
13 or 14 daysfrom $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.
All of Quark’s Arctic voyages (excluding the North Pole) include great daily outdoor activities such as Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing at the start of the season.
Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements and availability.
Click here to flip through Quark’s Adventure Options booklet online, with great videos of the activities.