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Top 5 Views from an Arctic Expedition

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Some people dream of seeing a polar bear in the flesh, lumbering across the icy tundra at a safe distance. Others crave that indescribable feeling of standing in such a remote location that its entirely possible no human has ever stood there before. Others are fulfilling a lifelong dream of reliving the adventures of legendary explorers from centuries past, setting off on adventurous wilderness tours, or learning firsthand about the traditions and culture of arctic people.

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Erik the Red: The Explorer Who Tamed Greenland

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Early life couldnt have been easy for Erik the Red – he certainly didnt live a glamorous youth before becoming one of the Arctics most famous explorers. Born Erik Thorvaldsson in Rogaland, Norway, he and his family were forced to leave their home country when his father was exiled for committing manslaughter. Sailing west, they settled in Iceland, where the boy would grow into a man and eventually earn an exile or two by his own bad deeds.

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Arctic Watch photo journal

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By Will Robson, freelance journalist and photographer
(Instagram @
willhrobson. All images © Will Robson, unless otherwise credited.)

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Help Clean Up Svalbard on Your Arctic Adventures

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Environmental sustainability is a universal concern not only for Quark Expeditions®  staff and crew, but for our passengers, as well. Exploring the pristine Polar Regions calls for the utmost respect, so we can preserve them for generations to come.

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Chris Hadfield’s Generator Show Goes to the Arctic

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Quark Expeditions® recently announced that Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield will be joining our Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Best of the Canadian High Arctic in late August / early September . In what he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, Hadfield will bring his science and technology variety show, Chris Hadfield’s Generator, on board the legendary Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov.

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Tips for Amazing Galápagos Photography

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It’s a visual feast: Everywhere you look, shimmering beaches with sand in hues of white, black, red, gold, green and even purple seem to stretch endlessly into the sea. On some, thousands of sea lions bask in the equatorial sun; on others, green sea turtles lumber back and forth to and from the water. Black volcanic rock forms challenging inclines for dedicated hikers, while the crystalline turquoise waters beckon snorkelers to explore.

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Meet the Narwhal: A Near-Threatened Arctic Animal

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Spotting a narwhal on an arctic expedition may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, given that only 75,000 of these legendary creatures still roam the arctic waters around Greenland, Canada and Russia.

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What The Nature Conservancy & Quark Expeditions Partnership Means for Polar Travelers

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We were ecstatic to recently announce that Quark Expeditions®, along with International Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions, has partnered with global conservation organization The Nature Conservancy. As stewards of the Polar Regions, we are deeply committed to environmental sustainability and protecting the pristine areas we visit.

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Celebrate World Penguin Day 2016

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It’s one of our favorite occasions: each year, penguin lovers from around the globe celebrate World Penguin Day on April 25th! It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about penguin facts, how to protect their fragile environments, and the unique characteristics of the various penguin species in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic regions, and the Galapagos Islands.

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Top 5 Things to Bring on a Galapagos Islands Vacation

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Whatever you have planned for your Galapagos Islands holiday, one thing our passengers have learned is to be prepared for anything! In this geographically stunning and biologically diverse Pacific Ocean archipelago, you might find yourself hiking among the remnants of Chilean and Norwegian whaling stations one day and snorkeling alongside pilot whales, orcas, dolphins, marine iguanas and majestic green sea turtles the next.

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