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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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Pristine Antarctica: An Explorer’s Haven

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Image credit: Harry's South Pole Heroes trailer, IT

When Prince Harry and his team arrived in Antarctica for a 200 kilometer trek to the South Pole this past spring, they observed the vast blue horizon and endless plains of ice and could hardly believe their eyes. “Look how cool it is, it’s amazing,” Prince Harry said. “It’s ridiculous that a place like this should exist. One of the few places on earth that hasn’t been screwed up by humans.” It’s true that the Antarctic Peninsula offers an experience unlike anywhere else in the world. For the extreme adventurer, tours of the Antarctic offer a glimpse into a world seldom seen or experienced by humans. Abundant wildlife, towering icebergs and breathtaking horizons greet those with enough pioneering spirit to venture here.

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New Icelandic Culinary Products Available Onboard Sea Spirit

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Feature photo courtesy of The Planet D

All of Quark’s vessels have onboard Polar Boutiques, which are fully stocked with last minute expedition gear such as waterproof pants, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hats and other layers essential to a dry and successful voyage. You’ll also be able to find the perfect Polar souvenir onboard for your friends and family…or even a keepsake for yourself.

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Extraordinary Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire

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In the recent blockbuster, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the title character, played by Ben Stiller, changes his timecard-punching life forever when he travels to hunt down a mysterious freelance photographer. It’s no coincidence that his adventure quickly lands him in none other than Iceland, where the otherworldly landscapes and volcanic activity set the backdrop for an experience that changes Walter forever.

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Easter Island Blog: Part 1

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Hanga Roa Eco Resort

Easter Island, Rapa Nui, as it is known locally, is a place I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember. I grew up a bit of a nerd, watching the features of the huge stone heads on the Discovery Channel and I wanted to see them for myself. The opportunity came as I was going to Antarctica. I thought, ‘I’m down in South America already, why not take a few extra days and go?’ I caught my flight from Santiago, Chile, the only place that flies directly to Rapa Nui. When we were coming in to land on one of the most remote places in the world, it really hit me that I was finally going to experience this amazing place for myself. I got a bit over-excited and took a picture of the onboard map. I was one of THOSE people…but I didn’t care.

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Dr. Dan Zak Shares Sea Sickness Prevention & Treatment Tips

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Even the hardiest adventure travelers can experience sea sickness, as the waters we find ourselves in can be challenging for the strongest stomachs. The Drake Passage is well known amongst Antarctic travelers as a nausea-inducing hot spot, although any open water can get your insides rolling.

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Quark Expeditions Welcomes You to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Experience

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Exciting news! For the upcoming 2015 expedition seasons, Quark is very pleased to offer our first-ever land-based adventure. It's an Arctic experience like no other, 500 miles above the Arctic Circle at the family-owned and operated Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Somerset Island, Nunavut.

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Spotlight on Akpatok Island

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Akpatok Island is a fascinating place that very few – even Canadians – know about or will ever have the pleasure of visiting, largely because it’s so remote and completely uninhabited. No one has lived here for more than 100 years. Akpatok is located in Ungava Bay in Quebec’s far north. It’s the largest island in Ungava Bay, separated from Baffin Island by Hudson Strait. Although Quebec’s mainland is only about 70 kilometers away (a comparatively short distance), Akpatok Island is actually part of the territory of Nunavut, specifically the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) Region.

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