Quark First

Quark has set many firsts in expedition travel by passenger vessels.


August 1991

  • First-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage, the historic route across the Russian arctic

November 1992

  • Quark offers first non-scientific visits to emperor penguin rookeries

November 1997

  • First circumnavigation of Antarctica for commercial passengers completed

July 1999

  • First circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean


  • Quark first to confirm most northerly emperor penguin rookery near Snow Hill in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica

June 2008

  • Quark offers maiden voyage on nuclear icebreaker 50 Years of Victory to the North Pole

April 2011

  • Three arctic islands trip voted one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime

November 2012

  • Quark launches first-ever CarbonNeutral® voyages to Antarctica aboard Ocean Diamond

February 2013

  • Quark hosts Jonathan Shackleton (Ernest Shackleton’s cousin) and Falcon Scott (Robert Falcon Scott’s Grandson) as they walk (and camp) on 7th Continent together

November 2013

  • Quark teams with Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival to offer the first-ever floating polar film festival onboard the Sea Spirit

In the Field BBC

The Frozen Planet When the BBC & Discovery Channel decided to explore Antarctica for their popular Frozen Planet series, they turned to Quark Expeditions. No other travel company does only polar travel and features more polar scientists, historians and biologists on its trips. Watch the Video.

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