Quark Expeditions® is very proud to sell Bergans of Norway in our onboard Polar Boutiques. Since 1908, Bergans of Norway has been a leading innovator of outdoor equipment and technical clothing. The story behind the brand goes that Ole F. Bergan, a bicycle manufacturer by trade, was suffering the ill-effects of less than ideal cycling equipment after a hunting trip. He was inspired to design a rucksack with the ‘Bergans Frame’ – a design that would eventually make the Bergans brand synonymous with the rucksacks and outdoor equipment. For over 100 years, Bergans of Norway has offered a wide range of expedition, mountaineering and outdoor adventure equipment.
Bergans also has a place in the annals of Polar exploration dating back to the 1911 and the ‘Race Against the South Pole’ with Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton. Amundsen himself gave Bergans a huge product endorsement as his team was equipped with Bergans backpacks.
Today, Bergans continues to innovate and has been recognized by the ‘Environmental Lighthouse (Miljøfyrtårnet)’, a Norwegian certification program focused on environmental sustainability, for its compliance in reducing greenhouse emissions – an initiative Quark Expeditions’® introduced in 2012 with CarbonNeutral Voyages® in the Antarctic.
Bergans products sold onboard
Valdres LT Ins Mens and Ladies Vest
In our tips for packing for the polar regions, one of the golden rules is layer, layer, layer. The vest made from PrimaLoft® One material, keeps you warm even if it’s wet. It is made with windproof and water-repellent Pertex® Quantum and has a compression pocket which makes it easy to pack.
Bergflette Lady Jacket
This retro-inspired jacket is extremely comfortable. Made with Bergan’s Tecnowool® fabric and other blend, it features a fixed hood, front pockets and an extended back hem.
Waterproof, windproof and breathable, this ski jacket with two-way stretch ensures freedom of movement. With elements of traditional Norwegian in the design, the jacket can zip up to any mid-layer garments and features underarm zip vents, detachable snowskirt, reflectors, extended back hem, front and chest pockets as well as a ski pass pocket.