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Arctic Kayaking a Timeless Adventure in the Far North

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Imagine embarking on an Arctic odyssey where you have the opportunity to meet Greenland’s Inuit people, witness traditional kayaking, and venture into that rarified wilderness realm of beluga whales, polar bears, walrus, seals, and muskox. Our 16-day Arctic Quest voyage promises just that – it’s designed to delight historians, adventurers, and wildlife lovers alike. As our most diversified expedition, it also features a unique option for kayaking aficionados to get even more up close and personal with some of the Arctic’s more elusive wildlife.

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Yellowknife

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Travelers en route to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge are first treated to a stop in Yellowknife. This vibrant, scenic city in Canada’s Northwest Territories serves as the gateway to the Arctic and offers a fantastic variety of activities, both outdoor and urban. Situated on the Canadian Shield and Great Slave Lake (the deepest lake in North America), Yellowknife is known as the aurora borealis viewing capital of the world and is the hub of the region’s oil and mining industries.

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Polar Photography: Protecting Your Equipment in Extreme Conditions

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The icy landscapes and exotic wildlife found in polar expeditions simply beg to be photographed. Many of Quark’s passengers have flexed their photography skills in the polar landscape, capturing sweeping icebergs, intimate wildlife views and even underwater marine life.

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An Invitation to Meet the Arctic’s Wildlife Denizens

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Feature image by Nansen Weber Photography

Landing ashore Somerset Island, Nunavut, some 500 miles above the Arctic Circle, is in itself a rare event only a handful of Arctic wilderness adventurists, photographers and researchers have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand. Already known as the premier site for observing beluga whales, Somerset Island is also home to the most beautiful and exotic land-based occupants of the extreme north, from Arctic foxes and hares to muskox and polar bears.

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Polar Bucket List: 7 Must-See Arctic & Antarctic Destinations

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To the adventure-addict, there are few areas in the world as alluring as those locked in ice. Polar destinations are as stunning and pristine as they are inhospitable, and the fact that these places are rarely seen by human eyes make them that much more enticing. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, there’s a world of discovery awaiting those who venture near the poles.

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Pro Tips for Amazing Antarctic Photography: Q&A with Dave Merron

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Planning for your Antarctic adventure? Be sure to pack your camera to capture the amazing wildlife and vistas found only on the seventh continent. Depending on when you visit and how far south you travel, you may expect to see several different penguin species, possibly including their colonies and chicks. Antarctica is also home to a number of different kinds of whales, fur seals, sea lions and a dazzling variety of seabirds. Of course, you can count on seeing the stunning Antarctic Peninsula itself!

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Spotlight on Thule - Beyond the World’s Edge

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Known today as Qaanaaq, the Inuit town formerly known as Thule lies in Greenland amid the country’s ice sheets and midnight sun. One of the northernmost inhabited places on the planet, it was originally named after the mythical, unchartable northern islands in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Thule was first referenced by Greek explorer Pytheas in 330 BC as a region where land and sea and air all met together, in a weird and uninhabitable mixture.

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Shackleton’s Legacy: Antarctic Exploration a Century After Endurance

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of an event celebrated by historians, explorers and Antarctic enthusiasts around the world. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 brave souls set out aboard The Endurance in hopes of becoming the first explorers to traverse the Antarctic continent. Their aptly named ship became frozen in ice before reaching shore, and although Shackleton and his crew never had the chance to fulfill their mission, the events that followed would come to be regarded as one of the most extraordinary examples of leadership and exploration in history.

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Antarctic Ice Sculptures: Mother Nature's Awe Inspiring Artwork

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The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular natural artwork on the planet. Here, you'll find ninety-three percent of the world's mass of icebergs, an ever-changing icescape of "growlers" to bergy bits and even ice islands. Growlers are the smallest icebergs, less than 6.6 feet across, with less than 3.3 of their mass showing above water. Bergy bits – that's their real, official name – are the next size class, spanning 6.6 feet to 15 feet in size. These smaller chunks of floating glacier ice are often the result of larger icebergs breaking down.

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Arctic Summit Examines Initiatives Opening Eyes and Doorways to the North

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Blog post written by Quark’s VP of Marketing and Product, Rachel Hilton.

No longer the gaping white space at the top of the world map, the Arctic has evolved rapidly over the past several decades into a growing region of destinations to be discovered. Technology, a wealth of natural resources and small ship accessibility have all contributed to the ever-increasing interest in – and access to – the far North.

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