Guests will travel with a team that has achieved more polar milestones than anyone else in the business. A few of those polar firsts include: in 1991, we were the first to bring consumer travelers to the North Pole; in 2003, Quark Expeditions passengers become the first humans to witness a Total Solar Eclipse in Antarctica; and In 2004, our team was the first to confirm the fabled Emperor penguin colony at the remote Snow Hill Island in Antarctica. We were also the first to circumnavigate the Arctic and Antarctica.
We’ve been pioneering new types of expeditions into the Polar Regions for over 30 years now. We not only offer the most itineraries, but the most varied as well. Regardless of where you venture, you can explore culture, wildlife, science, physical activity, and more. To put it simply: More places to explore, more ways to explore them.
The Leader in Polar Adventure
Working with local communities, especially in the Arctic, has allowed us to create itineraries and off-ship experiences exclusive to Quark Expeditions. It’s these local partnerships—nurtured in some cases for years if not decades—that has led to an output of innovative itineraries offered by no one else: Greenland Adventure: Explore By Land, Sea and Air, which has provided helicopter access to rarely-visited parts of Greenland; Emperor Penguin Quest: Expedition to Snow Hill, which enables guests to experience one of the rarest wildlife sightings on the planet; and Spitsbergen Photography: Under the Midnight Sun, where we rely on local knowledge and the environment to dictate our route.
Variety of options
Guests have flexible options when choosing from our abundant itineraries, which range from 7 to 23 days. You’ll easily find a trip to fit your budget and schedule—and customize according to your interests. If you’re time-strapped, there are our Fly/Express itineraries. Wildlife enthusiasts can choose voyages that focus on, say, polar bears or penguins. Those eager to cross the next big thing off their bucket list can choose to fly over the vast Greenland Ice Sheet in a helicopter—and then land and set foot on it. For others, it may be crossing the Antarctic Circle. There’s something for everyone!