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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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Exceeding expectations

5

Trip was surprisingly different from other Quark trip I have taken, first to Antartica and second to Greenland and the Canadian Arctic..Wildlife and scenary excellent.

Amazing Experience!

5

This was the trip of a lifetime. We saw polar bears, arctic foxes, walruses, reindeer, birds with expert guidance from a fantastic group of expedition guides. Highly recommended!

Spectacular!

5

Very exciting not knowing what animal would be spotted from the ship and announced over the P.A. It was not just the wildlife but the fabulous snow-covered mountains just took my breath away!

Everything about this trip exceeded our expectations

5

The service , food, and ship quality were wonderful. The ship staff could not do enough for us to make every thing special. All of the tour guides were extremely accomplished in their fields and shared their knowledge of the arctic flora, fauna and bird life in an easy to understand and often humorous way. Our polar bear, walrus, fox, Beluga whale and bird sightings were perfectly organized to provide the maximum zodiac and land sighting experiences and the ships captain and crew sailed the Nova into fiords and cruised the shoreline for hours when a bear was sighted so we could also observe from onboard when landings were not possible. It was nice to sail with a small group of like minded passengers. Daisy our cabin steward is a rare gem and the personification of what excellent service is all about. If you can take this trip, do it with Quark you will be delighted.

Fantastic voyage with wildlife

5

My goal was to see polar bears and I saw 7 of them including a mother with 2 cubs. The kayaking with beluga whales was an added bonus.
The staff / boat crew were beyond great, food wonderful, fellow clients in exuberant mood. Overall a journey of a life time!

Total satisfaction + 2 points

5

As I wrote on board the ship, I think the cruise was a Real succes! But I have 2 points to add:
I Think, that you should have been open about the fact that it was rather doubtful that you could manage both the (southern) trip in Scoresby Sound as well as (northern) trip to Ella Ø etc. I can see, that this still is the case in your advertising for 2018. My principal goal was for personal reasons to go to Ella Ø and King Oscars Fjord, and I would have liked to know before choosing to go.
I caught a heavy cold / flu onboard. Simon treated me and was very conscienscious about it (pulse, bloodpressure, temperature, lozengers, cough medicine etc.), and together twice we decided, that I didn't need penicilline. But it turned out that I did! I had a rather bad trip home via Iceland and my GP started me on penicilline at once. Now, after a week, I'm more OK! I know, that I myself didn't ask for a cure, and stressed, that I was normally never ill, so I blame myself for that mistake, too
Best regards and thanks for a wonderful Cruise
Anne Haarløv

Very good

4

We really enjoyed the trip. The locations we visited were superb and very enlightening. Expedition staff were exceptional - very knowledgable and impressive in their qualifications. They always strove to please. Expedition leader was fabulous. Kayaking with Becs Dryland was incredible.

The one thing that could have been improved was the following:

We were not aware prior to the trip that the distances between destinations would be far and variable based on weather. We had more boat time then we would have liked and would have appreciated being better prepared for the variableness of the trip. As mentioned, the destinations themselves were spectacular but in a few cases we arrived very late in the day so time was limited. Seems it may have been an aggressive itinerary. It might have been better to have fewer destinations and more exploration.

it just would have been better if we were made aware of the above prior to selecting the itinerary as we may have chosen differently.

Otherwise we had a wonderful time. Thank you.

A great trip to a remote region

4

I enjoyed very much the Baffin Bay Explorer trip. During the ten days we spent on the sea, we visited some fabulous sites--- both on Baffin Island and Greenland---experienced varied Arctic weather, and got a chance to explore Inuit towns and villages. The expedition staff was friendly and capable, and the food on board was delicious. My only source of complaint would be the room in which we heard presentations from the staff. It was an odd room with frustruating seating arrangement. Other than that...had a great experience.

Canada to Greenland, September 2017

5

Great trip. 2-3 additional days would enhance it, giving the guests more time off the ship. Ice and rough seas slowed us down and we never quite made up for the lost time.

Baffin Bay Exp 2017

5

Great trip. I sunbitted my review on the last day of the trip. I forgot to mention one thing: the gym. The gym on our ship was unsatisfactory. No mats, lousy space, 2 machines which worked, one which didn't. The trip was excellent and had substantial periods of down-time. For passengers who need more exercise, a functional and well equipped gym would be greatly appreciated. Throw in a steam room or sauna and you have a great package!

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