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 Samantha Crimmin

Arctic Express: Greenland’s Northern Lights

10 days
from £5,100

Voted one of the top destinations to see in 2015 by the New York Times, Greenland has been dramatically shaped—geographically and culturally—by the ice that dominates and is one of the best places to witness the magic of the Northern Lights. The best way to experience the rugged beauty of this nature-lover’s paradise is by ship. Our East Greenland fly-in expeditions make this amazing destination more accessible than ever.

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

15 days
from £6,600

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.

Quark passengers zodiac cruise in Ilulissat, Greenland.

Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords

15 days
from £5,300

Picture yourself in Greenland, home to the world’s great fjords and some of the most active glaciers outside of Antarctica. You’ll be dwarfed by the sheer size and scale of nature in Greenland, where the forces of nature still reign supreme.

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Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

14 days
from £5,900

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.

Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 days
from £4,700

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 £8,600

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 £5,100

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 £5,500

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it.

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

7 days
from £3,100

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

13 or 14 days
from £6,000

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

13 or 15 days
from £6,200

This award-winning expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway.

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 £12,000

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 £7,800

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 £9,300

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.

Photo by Acacia Johnson

Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic

17 days
from £7,400

On this new, 17-day voyage departing from Resolute, we’ll hug the remote coast of Ellesmere Island, exploring north Smith Sound before leaving Canadian waters for Greenland. Heading south along its west coast, we’ll take in remote Inuit communities as well as Disko Bay. While exploring deep fjords, ancient glaciers and innumerable icebergs, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.

Photo by Acacia Johnson

Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

17 days
from £7,400

Sail deep into High Arctic history as you cruise through the maze-like, icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage on this new 17-day expedition, departing from Kangerlussuaq and following the east coast of Baffin Island. Visit traditional Inuit communities, learn about the whaling heyday of the 1800s and visit the same sites that played an important role in Sir John Franklin’s historic discovery of the sea route.

The North Pole

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

Activities at the top of the world

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

14 days
from £24,100

To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south.

Land-Based Adventure

Not all High Arctic Expeditions involve time spent on a ship. Journeys by air to unique and arresting destinations present ample opportunities to heed the call of the north, embarking on the self-discovery of a lifetime. 

Hiking at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

8 or 10 days
from £5,900

Spend a week at this unique Canadian Arctic Wilderness Lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site. Observe musk ox, polar bears and more wildlife in their natural habitat. Situated 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers fully-guided opportunities for hiking, kayaking and exploring the Arctic tundra in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

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
All Terrain Vehicle at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, photo by David Merron

ATV - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Included Activity at Arctic Watch 
Fat biking at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Fat Biking - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Included Activity at Arctic Watch Lodge
Fishing at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, photo by David Merron

Fishing - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Included Activity at Arctic Watch Lodge
Hot Air Ballooning at the North Pole, photo by Sam Crimmin

Hot Air Ballooning - North Pole

Experience the North Pole in a way few will ever experience – soaring above the Arctic in a hot air balloon*! When weather permits, we'll take you up for a breathtaking bird's eye view of 90° North. Don't forget your camera! *Weather permitting

Mountaineering - Arctic

Geared towards our more adventurous passengers, mountain climbing in Antarctica is among the most rewarding and addicting outdoor endeavors. To climb in Antarctica is a special memory that will last forever.

Paddling Excursion - Arctic

Explore the ocean from a more intimate vantage point on a sit-on-top kayak. No experience is required to manoeuvre these very stable kayaks, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, taking in breathtaking landscapes and wildlife.
Photography at Arctic Watch, photo by David Merron

Photography - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Arctic Watch Lodge- Included Activity 
River rafting at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

River Rafting - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Included Activity at Arctic Watch Lodge
Sea kayaking in Svalbard, photo by Nicky Souness

Sea Kayaking - Arctic

Kayaking in the Arctic is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Snowshoeing - Arctic

Included activity Experience Spitsbergen the way explorers of yesteryear did - by snowshoe. Walk atop fresh snow and visit places that are otherwise inaccessible by foot.
Stand up Paddleboarding

Stand-up Paddleboarding - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Combining surfing with kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding will give you a very personal and unique perspective on the Arctic.

Trail Running - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Short- and long-distance runners alike will have a chance to tackle the well-marked trails surrounding the lodge on an ATV-escorted run. Scenic views and possible wildlife sightings accompany this challenge to your legs.
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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Powerful Ship - Great Polar Bears

5

What a GREAT trip. The ship is a destination all on its own. 50 Years of Victory cutting through the ice is amazing to watch. As always, Quark’s guest lecturers and expedition staff were excellent. We also saw 14 lovely polar bears and several groups of walrus. Stunning trip.

The Galapagos of the North Pôle !!

5

Same fascination. Landscape out of the ordinary, bare mountains, aboundant wild life aboundant, no fear of human presence as long as we remain respectfull. However, the main difference is in the number of layers one need to put on when doing a Zodiac cruise and landing.
Quark team provides an experience worth paying for! Many thank to you all!

World Class Expedition Leadership & Staff

5

Expedition leaders Solan and Colin were superb in their leadership and in educating us all. Every member of the Quark staff was exceptional and value added. Marla was a particular favorite of very likely all of us. And the incredible adventure to the North Pole on an amazingly powerful icebreaker was of course a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks Quark! Truly well done!

My encounter in the Arctic

5

I was abit apprehensive about living on board for 13 days, not knowing what to expect. Luckily i have 4 friends with me to keep each other occupied. Since the day we left the ship, i couldn't stop thinking about it. The vast scenic landscape in its pristine condition with little human presence is engraved permanently in my memory. There is something alluring in the Arctic. I feel like i’m right home. We have been very fortunate and got some of the best sightings of the polar bears, foxes and other wildlife. The professionalism of every staff from expedition leader, guides, receptionist, service crew and fellow friendly voyagers make this trip straight to the top of my travel list. And now, i’ve caught the polar bug. Till the next trip.

Congenial engaging inspiring experience.

5

Loved it. Learned a lot. Met nice people. Great hospitality from guides, crew, and hotel staff. And was wildly entertained by the Little Auk saga.

Spitsbergen Explorer

5

The Quark reservation process was handled efficiently and the agent seemed well informed. Upon arrival on the Ocean Nova we were greeted with warm hospitality, good food and enthusiastic Quark staff members. Each staff person was a specialist in their own right and also showed a comprehensive knowledge of the flora and fauna, geologic and glacial features. The Quark staff was able to adjust to the daily changing conditions of ice and weather by providing other activity for the passengers.

The ship was comfortable, we enjoyed the panorama lounge and the cabins provided basic privacy and sleeping quarters.

The dining area was noisy at meal times and it was hard to hear table conversation even for those with good hearing. Hospitality staff was efficient, hard working and generous with their smiles.

We would recommend Quark to others and thank you for the opportunity to visit an area we have wanted to see for some time.

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.

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