Nadine Ponte

Director of Operations

Travel and the outdoors have always been a big part of my life: spending summers camping and canoeing in Algonquin park, road-tripping in Canada and the US, and getting out to see the rest of the world as much as I could. Before visiting the Arctic in 2009, I had no idea how much I would love polar travel. The emotions and attachment I felt to the ice and landforms while visiting Franz Josef Land and the North Pole was something I never expected. For the past few years, I led Quark Expeditions’ Merchandise team in providing our guests with high-quality gear to stay warm and dry during their expeditions, as well as designing and sourcing mementos for guests to remind them of their awe-inspiring experience. Now, being a leader on the Operations Team, I am fulfilled daily being more connected to the wonderfully unique environments that we share with our guests. I am grateful for to work with the team at Quark Expeditions as we give our absolute best daily and share our love for the places we visit with you.

What advice would you give someone traveling to the polar regions?

Get outside as often as possible, and dress in appropriate layers so you can enjoy every incredible experience without getting cold. Visit our online Polar Boutique to be prepared before your voyage.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from traveling?

The world is an incredible place and sometimes listening to the stillness of nature will provide you with answers to questions you didn’t even know you were asking.

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