Explore the remote coast of East Greenland and Scoresbysund

Arctic Expeditions

The most rugged, remote, ice-choked and unexplored regions in the world are waiting to deliver the richest travel experience you will ever have—intimate wildlife encounters, diverse landscapes, and exquisite natural beauty. Trailblazer, nature-enthusiast or bucket-lister, we have an Arctic adventure for you.

Greenland

The world’s largest island teems with life, welcoming you into its breathtaking scenery. East Greenland is vast and remote, very sparsely inhabited and stunning in its austere beauty, while West Greenland has more Indigenous communities and varied wildlife. Both have incredible histories. You can take an express cruise and fly in for the fun—or opt for an in-depth trip to take all the time in the world.

Photo by Acacia Johnson
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Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay

15 days
from $8,495

Enjoy an ultra-immersive exploration of Greenland’s most remote regions, sailing the icy waters of the rarely traveled southeast coast, traveling down to the lush southern tip, and stopping to visit local communities and observe imposing glaciers of the west coast.

Photo by Mads Pihl (Visit Greenland)
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Greenland Adventure: Explore by Sea, Land and Air

9 days
from $7,995

A first in polar adventure travel, Quark Expeditions has teamed up with municipal, regional and national partners to offer you the most extensive array of adventure activities and enable you to curate an authentic Greenland active adventure that best suits you.

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Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

14 days
from $7,495

Cruising along Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, you’ll discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife.

Spitsbergen

Your quest for the farthest reaches of the earth can bring you to the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago—the realm of the polar bear. This landscape between Norway and the North Pole is remote and rugged, its vistas glistening and gorgeous. The varied itineraries and flexible schedules of our Spitsbergen expeditions make your visit an absolute certainty—and long overdue.

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Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 days
from $4,995

Ideal for first-time guests to the polar regions, Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen allows you to venture to some of the most remote islands on Earth, observe fascinating history and culture, and experience the dreamlike wonder of the midnight sun.

Photo by David Merron
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Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland

18 days
from $10,995

Perfect for first-time visitors to the Arctic, this voyage highlights four spectacular destinations near the top of the world and provides an unforgettable taste of the region, featuring giant icebergs, towering mountains, granite cliffs, iconic wildlife, traditional Inuit culture and more.

Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

10 days
from $6,495

This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this stirring voyage, we show you why.

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

12 days
from $6,995

This longer itinerary enables more time to explore the vast tundra, appreciate the natural beauty of the surprisingly colorful Arctic wilderness, and benefit from our range of on-board lectures and educational programs. Come aboard with the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team in the industry for an extraordinary High Arctic adventure.

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

7 days
from $3,995

On this extraordinary journey, you will pack all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise into just seven days, cruising through pack ice up to 80° north along the west coast of Spitsbergen, retracing the steps of explorers from centuries past.

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

14 days
from $8,995

This 14-day journey offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, including the opportunity to witness iconic Arctic wildlife like walrus, reindeer and polar bears, a glimpse into 16th-century maritime culture at secluded landing sites, and the rare chance to appreciate breathtaking views at the birdwatching utopias 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet.

Photo by Acacia Johnson

Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

14 days
from $11,495

This unique 13-day voyage invites guests to embrace a true expeditionary spirit: rather than follow a set itinerary, together we’ll allow our search for polar bears and other wildlife to determine our route and shore landings in the pristine Norwegian Arctic. A picture perfect voyage for unprecedented wildlife viewing!

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen

15 days
from $9,995

Named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime, this unforgettable voyage begins above the Arctic Circle at Spitsbergen, the “Wildlife capital of the Arctic,” ventures to the spectacular, remote landscape of East Greenland, and ends in Iceland.

Russia

Steeped in polar history, the Russian High Arctic offers you the rare opportunity to travel to this remote, seldom visited region. From ice-capped peaks to historical sites to iconic arctic wildlife, there’s no shortage of amazing adventures to be had.

Photo by Quark passenger
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High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos

22 days
from $14,995

On this stirring voyage along Russia’s ice-draped coastlines, we invite you to become one of the first passengers to visit this little-known region and encounter sights rarely seen by even the most intrepid adventurers. From the breathtaking glaciers of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land to the stark, secluded islands of the icy Kara Sea, the remarkable features of this isolated wilderness will leave you awed and inspired.

Photo by Acacia Johnson
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Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

16 days
from $9,995

From the ancient mountains of Novaya Zemlya to the wildlife sanctuary of Franz Josef Land, these secluded lands offer an exhilarating mix of unique sights and adventures. Marvel at ice-capped peaks soaring majestically out of the Arctic sea. Watch in hushed wonder at the unforgettable sight of a polar bear roaming its natural environment. Immerse yourself in a corner of our planet few humans ever to, with the operator that knows polar adventure better than anyone.

The High Arctic

Vast, pure, fragile, stunning in its simplicity, the High Arctic reveals intense beauty at every turn—glacier-topped mountains, jagged coastlines, and majestic wildlife. You’ll find a thriving and varied ecosystem and a history as intoxicating as it is accessible. From the sweeping panoramic vistas to the captivating and remote island inlets to our adventure-filled land-based safari, the to-do list is as long as an Arctic summer day.

Three graves of Franklin expedition members on Beechey Island, Nunavut in the Canadian High Arctic - Photo by Acacia Johnson
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Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage

9 days
from $6,995

The quest for trade routes to the Far East inspired much of the age of exploration of North America, with the promise of the Northwest Passage its elusive jewel. On Arctic Express Canada, discover the great sea route at the top of the world—that obsessed explorers for centuries—on our game-changing new expedition ship Ultramarine, which allows you a journey no traditional vessel could offer: immersing yourself in the full Arctic experience while getting back home a week and a half later.

Photo by Acacia Johnson
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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland

20 days
from $11,995

Venture far above the Arctic Circle, in a land where the sun never sets and polar bears roam, with the Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland itinerary. You’ll be exploring the northerly shores of Canada’s Baffin Island and the western coast of Greenland, searching for the wildlife and visiting the communities that call this mysterious realm home.

Guests hiking in Radstock Bay, Nunavut in the Canadian High Arctic - Photo by Acacia Johnson
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Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands

12 days
from $9,995

Here, at the top of the world, nature has created unique wonders in astonishing variety. Our game-changing new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with two twin-engine helicopters and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, enables you to explore this breathtaking environment from brand new perspectives. You’ll experience the same sense of wonder felt by early explorers as they navigated the region’s formidable bays, inlets and channels.

Photo by Acacia Johnson

Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic

17 days
from $14,495

The fabled sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Northwest Passage continues to grip our collective imagination. On this captivating 17-day voyage, we invite you aboard our game-changing new vessel, Ultramarine, to explore this fascinating waterway with an incredible range of on-board comforts and off-ship adventures no other vessel can offer.

Photo by Acacia Johnson

Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

17 days
from $14,495

Winding your way through the icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage is history brought to life. On this compelling 17-day journey aboard our game-changing new vessel Ultramarine, passengers retrace the steps of the intrepid Franklin Expedition, which left the shores of England in 1845 in search of the last unexplored section of the Northwest Passage—only to become permanently icebound. Its discovery more than a century and a half later was a much-celebrated moment in polar history.

The North Pole

Get a taste of the ultimate Arctic experience, by journeying to the top of the world.

Photo by Samantha Crimmin

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

14 days
from $30,995

Experience the thrill of the most powerful nuclear icebreaker on the planet crushing through thick, multi-year pack ice as it pushes toward 90° North. Enjoy a riveting helicopter tour over the icy Arctic Ocean; discover the remarkable sights of Franz Josef Land; observe the majestic creatures who make their home in this breathtaking yet fragile land; and experience a dreamlike hot air balloon ride over the surreal Arctic landscape, an activity offered by no other polar operator.

Bear Island, Norway

The southernmost island in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, all 172 km2 of Bear Island (Bjørnøya) is a protected nature reserve.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Canadian Arctic

The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is situated in the northernmost extremity of North America.
Photo by Quark passenger, Robert Oswll

Greenland

As the best vantage point for incredible displays of Northern Lights, home of the world's most prolific glaciers and wondrous icebergs, welcoming Inuit elders and the birthplace of kayaking, Greenland is best explored via its coast, as no roads connect the towns.

Iceland

Located just below the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is Europe’s second largest island and owes its existence to numerous volcanoes which merged through various eruptions.

Ilulissat, Greenland

Visitors to Ilulissat, a remote Greenland town in the Arctic Circle, marvel at the Illulisat Icefjord (Ilulissat Kangerlua in Greenlandic), a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
North Greenland

North Greenland: Thule/Qaanaaq

Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, is one of the northernmost towns on the planet.
Photo taken by Quark passenger

North Pole (90° N)

Few places have stirred the hearts and minds of explorers more than the North Pole. It wasn’t until 1948 that anyone actually stood there for the first time.

Northwest Passage

Travel the famed Europe-Asia sea route, where Franklin's Expedition remains lost to this day.

Nunavut, Canada

Canada's newest and largest territory, Nunavut, spans over 2 million km2 in pristine Northern Canada. Formerly a part of the Northwest Territories, the picturesque region is home to just under 32,000 people, mostly Inuit.
Dunnottar Castle

Scotland

Plan to spend a few days in 'Granite City' Aberdeen, Scotland, before setting sail for Norway via the Orkney Islands and Shetland.

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the No

Tromsø, Norway

Nestled among fjords, islands and snow-capped mountains you'll find Tromsø, a modern urban center still rich in history, with more traditional Norwegian wooden houses than anywhere else in North
Guests alpine kayaking - Photo by Acacia Johnson

Alpine Kayaking - Arctic

Our expert kayak guides will take you beyond to remote glacial lakes high in the upper alpine zones of Southern Greenland.

Flightseeing aboard 50 Years of Victory - Arctic

Imagine soaring over the polar regions from the comfort of a helicopter and enjoying the most astounding aerial views imaginable of the frozen Arctic Ocean, of snow-capped ice ridges, massive crevices, and of melt pools ranging from cerulean to deep, spectacular turquoise.
Flightseeing in the Arctic - Photo by Dr. Sam Crimmin

Flightseeing aboard Ultramarine - Arctic

While polar landscapes are spectacular from the sea, they’re even more stunning from the air, a view you can enjoy while seated in one of the two twin-engine helicopters stationed on Ultramarine.
Greenland camping experience - Photo by Peter Lindstrom via Visit Greenland

Greenland Camp Experience - Arctic

Join local hosts at one of the most exclusive camps in Greenland.
Guests heli-hiking in Greenland - Photo by Michelle Sole

Heli-Hiking - Arctic

Our twin-engine helicopters will transfer you to the start of the most scenic hiking routes of Southern Greenland and then pick you up at the endpoint of the route.
Guests enjoying the views after a heli-landing in Greenland - Photo by Dr. Sam Crimmin

Heli-Landing - Arctic

You will be transferred from Ultramarine’s heli-decks via our two twin-engine helicopters to a pre-selected Arctic destination.
Passengers walking at Ilulissat Icefjord, photo by Acacia Johnson

Hiking - Arctic

Hiking in the polar regions differs from your typical trail experience. Here, in a tree-less terrain, you are the tallest figure on the landscape as you walk over spongy tundra, crusty snow or sandy beaches in remotes parts of the Arctic and Antarctica.
Hot Air Ballooning at the North Pole, photo by Sam Crimmin

Hot Air Ballooning - Arctic

Imagine the sensation of rising slowly upward in the basket of a hot-air balloon during a much-anticipated visit to the North Pole.
Ice Sheet Experience in Greenland

Ice Sheet Experience - Arctic

Ascend high above the cascading coastal glaciers onto the immense polar plateau of the Greenland Ice Sheet (the second-largest ice mass in the world) and take in the immensity of this overwhelming landscape.
Mountain Biking in Greenland - Photo by Mads Phil via Visit Greenland

Mountain Biking - Arctic

Feeling like a more active adventure? Our team has worked with local partners to identify world-class mountain biking routes through the stunning scenery of South Greenland.
Guests enjoying the paddle excursion in Greenland. Photo by Acacia Johnson.

Paddling Excursion - Arctic

Every sweep of the paddle as your craft glides through the pristine polar waters creates an incredible soundtrack: the jostle of glacial ice, the lapping of waves against the rocky shore, the perpetual drip from your paddle, the call of seabirds, and the occasional splash as wildlife break the su

Polar Plunge - Arctic

The Polar Plunge is scheduled once during each voyage. Throughout the journey, the Expedition Leader and Captain constantly monitor conditions in order to choose the optimal time and location. The Polar Plunge sometimes takes place onshore or, in many cases, from the gangway or Zodiac.
Sea kayaking in Svalbard, photo by Nicky Souness

Sea Kayaking - Arctic

Positioning yourself in the seat of a kayak is one of the most intimate ways travelers can connect with the polar regions—at water level, up close, where you can touch and feel every polar sensation imaginable.

Zodiac Cruising - Arctic

Zodiacs are used for transferring you ashore, transporting your luggage when necessary and for taking you ocean-level cruising among icebergs, whales and seabirds. During the expedition, you will visit remote and isolated sites that are accessible only by Zodiac.
Photo by Acacia Johnson

Currency (Arctic)

Quark’s Arctic voyages visit several different countries, so currency is based on what country you will be visiting during your voyage:  Canada, Norway, Greenland/Denmark, Finland, Iceland, or Russia.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Gear Shop and Polar Boutique

The best place to prepare for your Polar expedition is the Quark Gear Shop. The online Gear shop carries all the clothing and equipment you'll need to make the most of your expedition to the Polar regions.

Getting to the Arctic

Quark’s Arctic voyages have various start and end points. Examples of gateway points include Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway), Helsinki (Finland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Toronto and/or Montreal (Canada).
Expedition Essentials

Packing Tips

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Ranulph Fiennes We travel to the Polar Regions in the summer months when the weather isn’t that cold, however temperature can change unexpectedly.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Passports and Visas (Arctic)

You are responsible for fulfilling all necessary passport and visa requirements prior to the departure of your voyage. You must have a valid passport to participate in our expeditions. Your passport must be valid for six (6) months beyond the return date of your expedition.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Seasickness (Arctic)

Arctic waters are relatively calm, with the exception of the Denmark Sea. However, bad weather can cause rough water and everyone reacts differently to rough waters or even during the calm seas while on a Zodiac cruise, so please travel with motion sickness medicine.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

The Quark Parka

We know that packing for your Polar voyage may be challenging, so Quark takes the guess work out of packing an appropriate coat. All our passengers will receive our signature yellow expedition parka on the first day you’re onboard the ship.
Photo by Quark passenger

Travel Insurance

Included in the cost of your expedition is an emergency evacuation insurance policy with a maximum benefit of USD$500,000 per paying passenger. This included policy provides coverage only while traveling with Quark Expeditions, between the first and last day of the expedition.
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Fantastic scenery in Svalbard

4

Amazing beauty at 78 degrees north. Only saw 2 polar bears in 9 days, and at quite a distance, but a friend reminded me that we go to Svalbard for the scenery. Guides Annie and Francoise, in my opinion, are the best guides Quark employs. Both are kind, smart, patient and excellent animal spotters. All the ship's staff were helpful and pleasant. The restaurant staff are top-notch.
I'd have given a 5-star rating, except for 2 things: our outings seemed short and timed around meals, rather than meals served to accommodate wildlife sightings. Secondly, I learned that I paid more than twice the cost of the trip that my room-mate paid. There were other guests who also talked about getting cheaper deals, leaving me to wonder how I, too, could get a better deal. This was my second voyage with Quark.

Awesome, Amazing, Arctic Expedition

5

Though good weather was an especially fortunate bonus, our Svalbard expedition was comprised of highlight after highlight. From seeing a polar bear on the first evening, four different whale species, seals, reindeer, foxes, puffins and, of course, little auks, we were able to get good up-close exposure to arctic wildlife. Being able to kayak in the shadow of majestic glaciers was a special enchantment. On guided zodiac tours we were thoughtfully introduced to bird habitats, blue tinged sea ice, and multiple glaciers. And finally, hiking in this extraordinary part of the world was fantastic. Plus the accommodations and food was first-rate and the programming informative and entertaining. On a final note, the expedition crew and ship staff were professional and sincere in promoting a collegial and friendly environment.

An Amazing Expedition as Expected

5

My second trip with Quark (first was the Antarctic) and it did not disappoint. The Arctic was a very different journey as opposed to the Antarctic. The journey took us in search for the wildlife and the beautiful scenery with like-minded people. The staff and crew were amazing and helpful in all ways to make our trip a memorable one.

Great Expedition

5

Our second trip with Quark. Great time. Great food. Great service. Really enjoyed the people, the scenery, and the animals. Would not change a thing.

Always an adventure

5

As usual Quark’s attention to detail is excellent
The guides are outstanding
The ship spotless
The food was not as gourmet as past trips but still good quality
Of course I’ll keep exploring with Quark

Outstanding

5

I was completely impressed by my experience with Quark Expeditions in Spitsbergen. The staff aboard the Ocean Adventurer were beyond outstanding. Woody did a phenomenal job of coordinating the expedition. Annie's enthusiasm for the wildlife and teaching was infectious. I loved standing near her with the binoculars waiting until I'd see her grin or subtly get excited. That's when I knew we'd see/learn something unforgettable. I greatly appreciate the "leave no trace" philosophy of Quark and the care they take to not have a negative impact on the environment which we were observing. They should do more trash clean-up efforts, etc to, perhaps, improve the environment before we leave it. The lectures were outstanding. The crew really were able to flex to accommodate the changing itinerary and never seemed to miss a step. I really loved Acacias photography education.

The housekeeping staff did a phenomenal job! Enough said.

The food was consistently incredible! I loved the outdoor barbeque.

The only thing which might have improved my experience would have been to do the paddle boarding more than once. The conditions for group 1 and 3 were incredible and they had a phenomenal experience. Unfortunately, my group (2), had terrible weather and the experience felt a little disappointing. I realize that this isn't something that can be controlled, but it might have been nice for another opportunity to paddle a little to make up for it.

Overall, my experience with Quark was exceptional and I will certainly do additional expeditions in the future.

Wonderful Arctic Experience

5

Our 10-day Arctic wildlife cruise was terrific. The expedition leaders knocked themselves out to find wildlife, educate us and provide memorable experiences. Polar bears, walruses, bulugas, two blue whales, puffins and caribou were all we could reasonably hope for. What thrills to see them all in their incredible environment.

Whales and puffins and bears! Oh My!

5

I hoped to see wildlife on the expedition and this voyage exceeded my expectations, not only in that area, but with the expedition crew. They gave us the “wow” factor on a daily basis and kept us busy, informed and well-fed the entire time. Their enthusiasm and knowledge just enhanced the experience and we could all sense how much they love their jobs. Now I’m hooked on Quark and am considering going to the Antarctic next year.

Fascinating Trip/Excellent Staff

5

Spitsbergen is a magical place to visit.

The Quark Expeditions staff is fantastic. The guides are capable, enthusiastic and informative. They do an amazing job keeping guests safe, comfortable and engaged. Having 'experts' in different fields made the trip that much more interesting. The photography guide Acacia Johnson, for example, is excellent.

The staff and crew of Ocean Adventurer were always eager to please.

I highly recommend this adventure!

Stephen Wescott

Intro to Spitsbergen - June 1-9, 2019

5

Great trip! My only suggestion for improvement would be to offer some options of things to do while killing time in Longyearbyen either before or after the trip. On our way out, it was a Sunday and a national holiday so very little was open. Fortunately, it was a nice day and we were able to sit on the patio of one of the hotels. It was bitterly cold and windy on the day we first arrived, so that wouldn't have been a good option that day!

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