The spectacular Galapagos Islands have been described as a “living museum and showcase of evolution” by UNESCO, which has added the islands to its list of world heritage sites.
Introducing the Explorers’ Collection - a curated series of unique expeditions to the world’s most remote destinations. Through paths less traveled to seldom-seen destinations, one-of-a-kind accommodation and unique modes of travel, the Explorers’ Collection brings incredible experiences to today's adventure traveler.
Not all cruises are created equal.
Although Reykjavik is often considered its own arctic destination, Iceland’s capital on the coast also serves as an exciting point of embarkation or disembarkation. As a part of many of Quark’s arctic expeditions, you may be fortunate to have a Reykjavik layover as part of your Icelandic cruise. If you find yourself in this city of delightful contrasts, consider one of these activities to start or end your trip:
The Arctic remains one of the last great frontiers, covering areas in Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and the United States, as well as Sweden and Finland.
Ask a frequent polar traveler and they’re sure to tell you: each trip to the Arctic or Antarctica is an entirely new and unique experience. In these wildly diverse and remote regions, experiences are shaped by stunning land and icescapes, the activities in which you participate, and most often, by interactions with the animals and marine mammals who live at these extremes of the earth.
On the northern shores of Great Slave Lake, just south of the Arctic Circle, lies Yellowknife, a jumping off point for Quark passengers flying to Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. This vibrant city of 20,000 in the Northwest Territories (NWT), was founded during the Gold Rush and quickly became an economic hub.
For many, embarking on a polar expedition is the trip of a lifetime. Whether it’s a top bucket list trip, or your polar passion drives you to explore new Arctic and Antarctic regions every chance you get, a lot of planning and preparation will go into your epic adventure.
After a rewarding day in the Antarctic landscape, passengers onboard the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavour have a myriad of opportunities to unwind, relax and rejuvenate in the small expedition ship’s bright, spacious new spa.
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