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River of White – Across the Northwest Passage

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Guest Post by Nick Engelmann, Expedition Team Member

A “red whale,” I stand on the top deck in my innumerable layers of polyester and wool, encased in a red Mustang flotation coat, waiting. We are closing in on the eastern entrance of the Bellot Strait on our Northwest Passage: Franklin’s Legend Arctic expedition, and the view from our ship, Sea Adventurer, isn’t promising.

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Iconic & Incredibly Memorable: Four Antarctic Moments

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In Part 1 of our interview with travelers John and Karen Morrison, they talked about making the decision to embark on an Antarctic adventure, and their preparations for the trip.

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Sea Kayaking with Keith Perry in Greenland

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This article was previously published by Keith Perry in the City AM on Dec 09, 2016

The iceberg looming above me is the size of an apartment block, yet despite its enormity the frozen seascape is eerily silent. I am sitting in my kayak with eight other paddlers in one of Greenland’s enormous Arctic fjords. All that breaks the calm is the snap, crackle and pop of the ice. Then, as if on cue, a curious seal pokes his head above the water to check us out.

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Our Antarctic Journey: A Canadian Couple’s Trek to the 7th Continent

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Canadians have a bit of an advantage when preparing for an Antarctic journey, given that an active lifestyle during the typical Canadian winter requires much of the same gear you’ll want to bring to the 7th continent. Soft, breathable merino wool base layers and waterproof outers are a must, while fleece layers add comfort and warmth. Canadians are so prepared for this! So are their brethren from the northern United States, northern Europe and other cold-weather regions.

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SeaLegacy Photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier Prepare for the North Pole Summit 2017

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This July, a limited number of polar-passionate travelers will be breaking ice, pushing barriers and leading change alongside the world’s top Arctic climate change experts. The inaugural Quark Expeditions North Pole Summit 2017, on board one of the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreakers, is a transformative 14-day journey from Murmansk, Russia, to 90°N at the top of the world. As a participant, you’ll learn firsthand about our most pressing environmental challenges and be inspired by the brightest thought leaders in polar conservation to take action.

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Facing down Fear: One Woman’s Journey to Antarctica and why she Doubled Down

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Photographer Cynthia Phillip recently shared a personal account of her first trip to Antarctica with us. That initial expedition was such a rewarding and transformational experience, she booked a second, longer expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

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Photo Fun: How to Take Polar Jumping Selfies

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Imagine this: you are on the polar expedition of a lifetime. Forget about your location for a second. Instead, answer this: how will you capture these memories?

Go back in time 15 or 20 years and your best option was a digital or standard SLR camera. Today, thanks to advanced smartphone cameras, you have more options than ever before

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Meet Antarctic Wildlife in 360° VR

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This post was previously published in July 2016

Exploring the 7th continent is best accomplished in person, of course; but polar-passionate people the world over can now explore vicariously through Quark Expeditions’ 360° Virtual Reality Antarctic Experience, a series of stunning 360° VR videos shot in Antarctica. Rotate your mobile device or mouse around on a laptop to explore the sights and sounds of an authentic Antarctic landing.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Arctic

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The reasons people choose an arctic cruise as their ideal vacation vary widely. Perhaps you’re a photographer looking to document some of the rarest and most beautiful wildlife on the planet, or one of your lifelong goals is to learn more about the culture and history of the North. Traveling aboard a real icebreaker could be on your bucket list, or maybe you’re not even sure that an arctic expedition is right for you, but you’re intrigued and want to find out!

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Spotlight on Beluga Whale Communication

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This popular post was first published in 2015. 

On Somerset Island in the Canadian province of Nunavut, is a world-class beluga observation site, home to enormous arctic whale pods each summer. In summer 2014, Arctic Watch welcomed Vancouver Aquarium researcher Dr. Valeria Vergara, who spent four weeks at the lodge on an arctic research project, furthering her in-depth studies of the area’s belugas. 

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