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The Nature Conservancy

Quark Expeditions is proud to partner with The Nature Conservancy- to offer unparalleled access to some of the most ecologically important places on Earth.

To help promote climate-change awareness and conservation of these wild and delicate regions, this partnership brings three unique polar expeditions featuring special guests from the world of science, exploration, conservation and education. Together we will dive into the heart of these unique ecosystems and deepen the conservation conversation.

As part of this partnership, a portion* of your expedition fare will support the Conservancy and its mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.




West Greenland: Disko Bay

Description: The wonders of West Greenland are the highlights of this 10-day coastal exploration of Disko Bay.  With massive glaciers such as the breathtaking Equip Sermia, the dramatic Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the incredible volcanic rock formations of Uummannaq, this region serves as a premium place for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. Visit traditional villages, marked by brightly colored houses dotting the coastline.  Vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness await modern-day adventurers here, home to some of the most spectacular whale watching in the country.

Joining you on this expedition is Seth Blitch, Coastal Program Director for The Nature Conservancy who will share his expertise on environmental policy and how it relates to the surrounding Arctic environment, as well as its effect at home.

10 days, departing August 19, 2018

Learn more about this expedition here.

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

This spectacular expedition is perfect for first time visitors! Begin your trip by crossing the famous Drake Passage to witness the wonders of Antarctica in all their profound glory.  Experience the crash of calving ice and the silence of snow-capped mountaintops. Twice-daily Zodiac excursions whisk you through iceberg-filled bays to unspoiled landing sites, where you’ll hike up glaciated hills, commune with nesting penguins, and watch lazy seals basking in the sun. 

Helping you fully appreciate the wildlife you observe is
Dr. Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Science. Dr. Whelchel will share his deep understanding of coastal environments and expansive knowledge of bird colony behavior, including how penguins adapt to harsh Antarctic conditions.

11 days, departing November 6, 2018

Learn more about this expedition here.


Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords

Bear witness to the untouched Arctic at its most revealing. After sailing from Akureyri, Iceland, through the Denmark Strait to Greenland, you’ll see multiple coasts of this diverse country—including the East, West and South. Catch sightings of muskoxen, seals, whales and rare bird colonies. Navigate through winding routes, dotted by massive icebergs while exploring the Skjoldungen fjord and the nearby abandoned settlement. South Greenland presents you with a magnificent wall of ice at Tasermiut Fjord, where you’ll recount the history of early settlers to this expansive land.  The West coast offers the opportunity to visit Greenlandic communities, meet the local people and learn about their way of life in this unique environment.

Your cultural connection will be further enhanced thanks
to The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal and Marine Conservation Director Christi Lambert, who has worked with Indigenous people in some of the most remote parts
of the world. You’ll have a chance to hear her formal lectures alongside other passengers, or if you choose, pull up a seat next to Christi over dinner to learn about the impact of climate change on the remote Greenlandic communities you‘ll visit.

15 days, departing August 7, 2018

Learn more about this expedition here.

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the windswept landscape of Spitsbergen is just as varied as the wildlife. This is a classic tour of the biggest island in the Svalbard archipelago— a far north territory belonging to Norway. Begin your voyage in Longyearbyen where you’ll continue heading up the western edge before venturing around the north, home to polar bears, walruses and whales. During Zodiac expeditions off the ship, you’ll get a rare close-up view of Arctic bird colonies with expert commentary from Dr. Mace HackThe Nature Conservancy’s State Director.

Dr. Hack has previously conducted research on animal migration patterns and will share his findings and expertise with you during formal and informal presentations focusing on the Arctic birds you’ll see on this voyage. Spitsbergen is also a great place to learn about biodiversity as the island is home to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Dr. Hack will help you understand the importance of this initiative, which bridges global agriculture and environmental challenges in the Arctic. 

11 days, departing June 22, 2018

Learn more about this expedition here.

Added Values for Quark Travelers

Quark guests also benefit from this partnership! You’ll learn more about the Conservancy’s work worldwide as well as how we can all protect nature. Qualifying guests will also receive a complimentary one-year Conservancy membership**, including:

  • Six issues of the Nature Conservancy magazine, an award-winning publication filled with stunning photos & conservation success stories
  • Opportunity to sign up for Great Places Network monthly e-newsletter with inspiring nature photography, tips for living an eco-friendly life & conversation news
  • Updates on conservation innovations in your state
  • Invitations to special events & local volunteer opportunities

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. Together with its more than 1 million members and 600 scientists, the Conservancy has protected 120 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide, and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. The Conservancy works on the ground in all 50 U.S. states and more than 35 countries. To learn more, visit www.nature.org.

Terms and Conditions:

*Between February 4, 2016 and December 31, 2018, Quark Expeditions® will contribute 0.5% of the retail price of a direct sale within the United States of a tour, vacation package, or expedition by Quark Expeditions®, with a minimum guaranteed contribution of $244,650 to The Nature Conservancy. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends. More information about the Conservancy is available by mail at 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203, by phone at (800) 628-6860, or at www.nature.org. A "direct" sale shall not include any bookings for non-US customers, any travel agent, special interest or group bookings, or any cancelled or refunded bookings other than cancelled bookings for which the entire tour, vacation package, or expedition price is retained by Quark Expeditions®; and the price of a tour, vacation package, or expedition shall not include any taxes, fees, or incremental purchases such as, but not limited to, air fare, park fees, extra hotel nights, trip extensions, etc. ** Upon completing your journey, you will be enrolled as a member of The Nature Conservancy and receive a complimentary one-year membership and subscription to Nature Conservancy magazine. You will be responsible for continuing your membership beyond the first year if you wish to remain a member. This offer is only available to U.S. residents who are not current members of The Nature Conservancy. Allow 8-12 weeks for magazine delivery after qualifying. Offer sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.