Guided expeditions to the Galapagos Islands provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences not just because of the scenery and the voyage itself, but because of the opportunities for viewing wildlife you won’t see anywhere else on the planet. One rare species you might spot while on a Galapagos Islands cruise is the Galapagos hawk.
Reindeer, famous in traditional lore for pulling Santa’s sleigh from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, are a special sight to see on an arctic expedition. Capable of survival in even the harshest temperatures and blizzards, reindeer are a circumpolar species that live in the northern part of the world, and you may even see reindeer on your arctic holiday.
Juliette Hennequin grew up in France, graduating from University before training to become a professional yacht skipper. In 2004, on her first trip to the southern Polar Regions, she met her future partner, Dion Poncet, while in the Falkland Islands.
When you take the trip of a lifetime, no detail is too small to be considered. For travelers taking part in a Quark Expeditions Antarctic Adventure, adding a few days to the beginning or end of your trip will allow you to explore some unique and interesting destinations.
It’s a trend that’s sweeping the adventure travel nation: as flight technology improves and more remote areas of the world become viable landing sites for passenger aircraft, travelers are finding polar exploration more accessible than at any time in history. And as polar-passionate people worldwide celebrate the first passenger jet touch-down in Antarctica, we’re reminded just how far we’ve come from the days when treking the Polar Regions often took weeks or months at a time.