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Cutting Edge Video in Antarctica

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It’s what exploring Antarctica is all about: a Zodiac excursion around the pristine shores one of the many spectacular islands in the region. Taking your seat, you nod to the skipper and pull away from the expedition vessel, headed for up close interactions with rare Antarctic land and marine wildlife.

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Meet Icebreaker Captain Petr Golikov

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Meet a living legend. Meet Master Mariner, Petr Golikov.  

Along with highly experienced crews, vessels carrying passengers to remote Polar Regions must be specifically designed and prepped for intricate journeys. Petr and powerhouse Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker, seen here crushing through arctic sea ice, have been dedicated to making this journey for over 20 years.

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Antarctic Small Ship Vacations aboard the Hans Hansson

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Only a century ago, venturing as far south as the 7th continent was an undertaking requiring months of preparation and weeks at sea. You were literally taking your life in your hands, as Antarctic explorers Roald Amundsen, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, or Nobu Shirase would surely attest.

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Meet Our Young Polar Explorers

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We often get questions from passengers about what it’s like to travel to Antarctica with kids, and how kids enjoy a polar expedition.

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Meet the Frigate Bird

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Frigate birds (also called frigatebirds, frigate-birds or even the frigate petrel) are found across tropical and subtropical oceans, but the unique ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands is home to two types of this distinctive seabird: magnificent frigates and great frigates.

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Meet the #ROMWPY Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner

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As presenting sponsors of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Quark is delighted to present the grand prize trip giveaway – a Greenland to Canada: Inuit, Icebergs, and Wildlife expedition – for the ROM’s own wildlife photography contest. In less than two months, more than 2,250 submissions were received for the #ROMwpy Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. Spectacular images included an incredible diversity of shots celebrating wildlife, and the very best in nature photography. Here, we chat with the #ROMwpy contest first prize winner, Steven Rose from Scarborough, Ontario, on his winning photograph. Steven is ecstatic to travel to the Arctic, compliments of Quark Expeditions.
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10 Birds you’ll Likely See in Galapagos Islands

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Traveling to the Galapagos Islands opens the door to a world of adventure and discovery for all types of travelers, particularly birders. With 174 bird species, 26 endemic species and 17 globally threatened species, this biologically diverse and protected archipelago offers ornithology tours you can’t find anywhere else on the planet.

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The Top Shipwrecks of the Arctic

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The first recorded trade route exploration to the Orient across the top of the world was in 1497, when King Henry VII sent John Cabot off to an uncertain fate. While Cabot didn’t find the Northwest Passage, he did find Newfoundland and lived to tell the tale.

By the early 17th century, many Europeans began risking all to search for the fabled passage, but few were prepared for the dangers they encountered in the forbidding environment of the North. In many cases the environment overwhelmed, and today there are shipwrecks throughout the Arctic that prove it.

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Polar Trips That Should Be On Your Bucket List

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Whether it’s something we’ve actually committed to on paper, or merely an informal collection of our wildest dreams shelved away in the furthest recesses of our minds, most people have a travel bucket list. The Arctic and Antarctica are popular bucket list holiday destinations, thanks to their pristine environments, remote locations and the relatively unique experience of visiting one of them.
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WHALE-MINA WILHELMINA

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By: Nicholas Engelmann

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