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Baffin Island

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Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Quark's Epic High Arctic Expedition is wonderful voyage to explore Baffin Island and experience where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture.

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Climate as Culture: Artists near the Arctic Circle

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Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, while geographically far removed from the galleries of New York and London, hold a solid place on the international arts scene. Each steeped in thousands of years of Inuit history, they are culturally significant destinations on our Arctic Quest voyage.

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Bergans of Norway: My Name is Roald Amundsen and I approve of this rucksack

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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.

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South Georgian Grytviken Church Centenary: Remembering a Storied Past & Looking to the Future

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This past Christmas Day marked the centenary of the church at the Grytviken (pronounced “grit-vick-in”) whaling station on the island of South Georgia. Celebrations marked an opportunity to reflect on a hundred years of nautical history, but also to look forward, to a future of conservation, culture and natural beauty on the South Atlantic island. Consecrated December 25, 1913, the church is one of a handful of historical buildings in Grytviken and is the only to have retained its original function throughout the years.

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Arctic Quest: Cultural & Geographical Contrasts from Greenland to Churchill

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Arctic Quest, our most diverse Arctic expedition, is popular among wildlife lovers, adventurers and historians alike. This is a journey of contrasts, where you may find yourself alternately immersed in Inuit culture, in awe of naturally magnificent icy fjords, and even enjoying close encounters with walrus or polar bears.

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Visit Greenland: Interview with Malik Milfeldt

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Malik Milfeldt, Senior Consultant, at Visit Greenland

Malik Milfeldt, Senior Consultant, at Visit Greenland, stopped by Quark's offices to chat about culture and travel in Greenland. Below are 5 questions we asked Malik about this beautiful country:

1. What is the symbolism behind the Greenland flag?

The flag of Greenland was designed by local artist (and Greenland native) Thue Christiansen. The flag was adopted in 1985 and features the Danish colors. The white is symbolic of the ice and snow that covers most of the island, and the red is symbolic of the sun shining over the land.

2. What is the most unique feature about Greenland?

I think the most unique feature is the tranquillity. It’s the silence, peacefulness, openness and fresh air that you’ll notice immediately.

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Antarctic Explorer Update from David "Woody" Wood

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Feature photo: Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of Bei Maarten.

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Voyage update from David "Woody" Wood: Lemaire, Ice fields, Neko Harbour & Polar plunge

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Feature photo courtesy of Marie & Dave Lincoln

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Voyage update from David “Woody” Wood

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Feature photo courtesy of Rachel & Barry Chapman

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Quark interviews Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

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Feature photo by Göran Ehlmé, National Geographic Creative

Can you introduce yourself?

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