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 in-depth exploration of one of Greenland’s most remote regions with the Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay expedition. As you cruise around this enchanting island, sailing from the icy waters of the little-visited east coast, down to the lush southern tip and up to the charming communities and glaciers of the west coast, spectacular, unspoiled wonders await wherever you go.

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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

The Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen itinerary will have you traveling under the midnight sun to some of the most remote islands on the planet, where only a small number of adventurers have ever left their footprints. Sailing across the North Atlantic, you’ll be immersed in the region’s rugged beauty and whaling and Viking history, visiting the awe-inspiring and unspoiled destinations of Fair Isle, the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen.

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

18 days
from $10,995

From impressive icebergs to iconic wildlife to traditional Inuit culture and more, the Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland expedition gives you a generous sampling of four unique Arctic regions. This voyage is ideal for first time visitors who want a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer.

Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

10 days
from $6,495

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 onboard the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

12 days
from $6,995

Combining the best of Spitsbergen—exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus—this voyage is the classic Arctic expedition. Packed with options for snowshoeing, sea-kayaking, and whale-viewing, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "Wildlife Capital of the Arctic".

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

7 days
from $3,995

Pack in all the excitement of an epic long arctic cruise into only seven days with the Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief itinerary. In just a week, you’ll cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen like an explorer of long ago, on a constant search for wildlife.

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

14 days
from $8,995

During this voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. The island offers highly-coveted opportunities to view polar bears and walrus, who feed in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will also entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, and on Zodiac excursions, you may catch a glimpse of reindeer or fox.

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen

15 days
from $9,995

This popular, award-winning expedition cruise takes you from high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, to Scoresbysund on the northeast coast of Greenland, ending in fascinating Iceland. From massive glaciers to bird cliffs, to the best sites for polar bear, reindeer and walrus- spotting, this adventure delivers Arctic beauty in all its splendor.

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.

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High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos

22 days
from $15,495

Explore the most enigmatic and extreme regions of the Russian High Arctic with our epic High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos voyage. In the spirit of a true arctic explorer, you’ll discover breathtaking ice-draped coastlines that are rarely visited by even the most intrepid adventurers.

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

16 days
from $9,995

Follow in the footsteps of early arctic explorers on the Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya expedition, voyaging to two of the most isolated, icy archipelagoes in the Russian High Arctic.

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.

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.

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

Standing at the top of the Earth, a glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. This 14-day voyage takes place aboard 50 Years of Victory, the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker. Crush through multiyear Arctic ice, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for iconic wildlife, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting.

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

Flightseeing - 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.
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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Incredible from start to finish

5

My experience aboard Ocean Nova with Quark Expeditions was nothing short of life changing. The staff, crew and expedition team provided the highest level of service aboard a comfortable and nimble ship. Our itinerary was phenomenal. Northeast Greenland is a magical place in our world filled with captivating mountain ranges that date hundreds of million years, along with beautiful icebergs, active glaciers and wildlife! We saw Northern Lights on four of the evenings throughout the itinerary and they did not disappoint! This was a dream come true.

Crew was Outstanding!

4

We had a great adventure exploring the glaciers, fjords, and towns in West Greenland. We found the seminars educational and varied. The extra care to adjust our schedule to optimize our experience when weather conditions changed was very much appreciated. It gave us a unique experience. As a photographer, I was disappointed that the advertised photography experts really weren't available for assistance or to offer opportunities for group training. And I did ask...got a somewhat accommodating response with no follow up. And the coordination of Quark HQ with the folks on the ground in Iceland was not adequate. There was quite a bit of confusion in Iceland about the logistics. But all in all, we enjoyed the trip and I got some awesome photos to share with the "civilians" back home.

Amazing Trip in Beautiful Greenland

5

Quark knows how to travel in these areas - amazing experiences (whales, fjords, culture, ice). Not quite as jaw-dropping as the trip to Antarctica, but still well worth a visit/learn!

Disko Bay Showcase

5

This was my third and shortest Quark voyage. It was an amazing showcase of a relatively small area of western Greenland. Each day had something different whether visiting settlements, hiking, or zodiac cruising and each of those experiences offered something unique. The first two and last days were all travelling days with a lot of sitting around and waiting which means we had about six full days on the ship, however those days were jam-packed with plenty to do. As always the Expedition crew were amazing, the hotel staff extraordinarily thoughtful, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. I solid week of fun for me!

Quark Greenland 2018

5

After 4 previous to Antarctica with Quark I was never surprised by the absolute perfection with which everything was done. The expedition team,ship,food and planning were outstanding, as always. Everything. The restaurant staff and the bartenders friendly and helpful as also the hotel staff.
Greenland is unique and wonderful, however I hope one day to return again with Quark to the Southern regions.

Greenland fjords, glaciers, and icebergs

5

This was our fourth trip with Quark and, as usual, we found the staff, the ship and the itinerary to be superb. We really appreciated the tour of Akureyri and Kangerlussuaq--a wonderful way to spend our extra time. We enjoyed interacting with all of the expedition staff and Ali was a very good EL we saw her working hard with the captain to plot our course. All of the staff have a great sense of humor and that added to the fun. I am sure you have heard by now about the bug problem on 3 of our zodiac landings. I have to say the bugs had a significant negative impact on those 3 excursions. Two suggestions: when the final docs are sent out you could mention that the bugs could be bad and suggest bringing a hat net. Better yet, buy enough for the passengers (they are quite inexpensive). Personally I could have spent less time in Nuuk as the only thing I found interesting was the museum. All the rest of the excursions were great. This was our third trip with Oliver and his crew and they are excellent.
Pre and post trip: The hotel in Reykjavik was very nice. The Park Inn at the airport was nice, but not as nice as the first one. The people in charge of getting us from the airport to the Park Inn seemed very disorganized. Initially it was a bit chaotic. We finally got on buses and arrived at the Park Inn. By now it is 11:00 pm, chilly, and raining slightly. The door they used for us to line up for reception allowed less than half of us inside the lobby and the rest were outside in the dark and rain, waiting their turn. There was another door that would have allowed everyone to be inside while they waited and I have no idea why they did not use it. We were under the impression that we could use the free transportation that the hotel offers to the airport. But they said we could not because we were a tour group and our hotel rate did not include that service. We shared a cab and it was not a big deal for us but there were a number of people who were very unhappy about it.
FYI: One other thing that did not affect us but I heard a number of complaints about was the morning of the charter flight to Akureyri. Some people said they could not find a Quark representative so they could find out what to do and where to go for the bus to the airport.
We really enjoy having a staff member sit at our table at meal time but it did not happen as much as we would have liked. Understandably they often had to meet during meal time.
Looking forward to our next trip with Quark!!

Great expedition team. Very good

5

Great expedition team. Very good service.

Incredible expedition.

5

Our expedition on Ocean Adventurer was the trip of a lifetime. The recently upgraded ship had all the amenities we could want, with a top-notch crew to run things smoothly. The team of expedition leaders was very impressive in the scope of their expertise and backgrounds. The staff and crew made it their mission to give us the most activities and photo ops they could stuff into each day. The food was top-notch with a very friendly, professional staff to present it. We will talk about this fun-filled adventure for a very long time and strongly recommend it to anyone who asks. Thanks Quark for a great memory.

North Pole Dream Trip

5

This trip I have dreamed of for at least 10 years. From the moment I contacted Ms. Danna Walker until I left the ship I felt 5 star service or better had been provided for me. Ms. Walker helped me through all the paperwork and answered many questions; friendly and professional. All the staff aboard the ship made me feel special and even the other passengers were some of the best people I have ever met. The knowledge gained from the lectures and the scenery and the wildlife seen again were above 5 star. It was exciting, beautiful and interesting. I'm ready to go again! Recommend you go and enjoy. Thank you to all who were a part of my trip. I, also, appreciate that you have enabled us to see the pictures shared.

Excellent adventure with excellent team

5

We had great time during this trip. The expedition team member did excellent job showing us the beautiful Spitsbergen with lots polar bears, birds, glaciers... The food is very good. it's an unforgettable trip.

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