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Not Your Average Yoga Holiday: Practicing on an Antarctic Expedition

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Written by Elly MacDonald

Life onboard the Ocean Endeavour is exciting and fast-paced--there are Zodiac cruises and shore landings to prepare for, expert lectures to enjoy, delicious meals to enjoy with new friends, and so many amazing sights to see from the open decks. Practicing yoga on your Antarctic expedition is an excellent way to relax, heighten your senses and really open yourself to the experience.

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Top Breathtaking Baffin Island Landing Sites

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Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world, is still one of the wildest and most pristine places in the Canadian High Arctic. Home to a single large town – the provincial capital of Iqaluit – and a handful of small communities, Baffin Island spans over 195,000 square miles (507,451 sq km) of arctic tundra, glacial lakes and rivers, and towering mountains.

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Antarctic Kayak Adventures from an Experienced Kayaker’s Perspective

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As an adventure travel destination, Antarctica never disappoints--just ask David Noble of Merced, California. A veteran mountaineer, hiker, kayaker and avid fly fisherman, he’s travelled all over the world pursuing his passions. This past December, he joined us in the Antarctic on board the Ocean Endeavour.

We chatted with David after his Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent expedition. Here’s a guy who’s had kayaking adventures all over, who helped build the University of California Merced’s ‘Outdoor Experience’ program during his time with the organization. I was super interested to hear what he thought of Quark’s kayaking program, and what tips he had for other passengers.

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What to Expect on Your Extreme Camping Trip in Antarctica: Part One

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I’m a pretty huge fan of camping, but I wouldn’t say I’m an “extreme” camper… at least, not anymore. I used to enjoy camping out in the wilds of Ontario and Alberta, even spending three months in a cabin in the Arctic, but glamping is more my speed now that we have a few kids and a dog.

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Sea Kayaking with Keith Perry in Greenland

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This article was previously published by Keith Perry in the City AM on Dec 09, 2016

The iceberg looming above me is the size of an apartment block, yet despite its enormity the frozen seascape is eerily silent. I am sitting in my kayak with eight other paddlers in one of Greenland’s enormous Arctic fjords. All that breaks the calm is the snap, crackle and pop of the ice. Then, as if on cue, a curious seal pokes his head above the water to check us out.

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Greenland’s Scenic Beauty & Challenging Terrain

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One of the best destinations for hiking trips is Greenland, which, despite its substantial ice cover, is fresh and invigorating. On hiking day trips, you’ll have the opportunity to trek along trails bordered by bold rock formations and purple arctic flowers, or sit on hillsides to admire iceberg-filled waters. Keep your camera handy – there are great opportunities to spot wildlife as you explore the shorelines, valleys and quaint communities around Greenland.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Tips for Adventurous Antarctic Visitors

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Eyes fixed dead ahead, you see an iceberg looming large, glistening blue in the bright sun, looking as though it was hand-carved and set right in your way. No matter – a few strokes on your left and you’re on course to track around it, now heading toward a snow-covered beach. A lone leopard seal turns his head to give you a once-over. You hold your breath.

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5 Spooky Antarctic Research Stations & Abandoned Military Bases

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When first setting foot on the vast continent of Antarctica, you might believe for a moment that you’ve landed on another planet. Looking out over pristine ice cover and massive glaciers contrasted with the stark gray of snow-peaked mountains, you may even feel like you’re having an entirely other-worldly experience.

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5 Reasons Greenland Should Be Your Next Arctic Expedition Destination

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A good 80 percent of Greenland is covered with ice, but don’t let that fool you – this is a country overflowing with natural wonders and adventure! Having constantly been settled for more than 5,000 years, Greenland also offers visitors a fascinating history and culture to explore.

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5 Reasons an Arctic Expedition Is Totally Worth Your Vacation Time

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One of the huge perks of full-time employment is paid vacation time, but increasingly Americans have not been taking time off. The reasons vary, but a recent survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association listed the belief that nobody else can do the job and a fear of returning to a mountain of work as some of the main reasons people are avoiding taking vacations.

How significant is that avoidance? The amount of unused holiday time in the United States hit an all-time high in 2014, when Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on the table. That’s US$52.4 billion in lost benefits!

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