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Flying to Antarctica and the Arctic

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Flying to Antarctica and the Arctic means you can spend more time cruising and exploring the polar regions. And as polar-passionate people worldwide celebrate the first passenger jet touch-down in Antarctica, we’re reminded just how far we’ve come from the days when treking the Polar Regions often took weeks or months at a time.

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Packing Tips for a Fly Cruise to Antarctica

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Preparing for a polar expedition can be a daunting task.  “How cold will it be”? “What type of gear should I bring”? “Is one pair of gloves enough”?  No stranger to the world of cold weather gear, Nadine Ponte, Merchandise Manager of Quark Expeditions Polar Boutiques found herself asking these same questions prior to her expedition to Antarctica this past December.  A seasoned traveler in her own right, Nadine was about to embark on a Fly Cruise to Antarctica, a condensed expedition in which travelers skip the Drake Passage and fly to directly to Antarctica.

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Unforgettable, Rugged and Raw: Gourdin Island, Antarctica

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By Daven Hafey

Fog can do funny things.  Especially at sea.  It can disorient sailors.  It can obscure icebergs fifty meters tall.  It can be illuminating.

We were at anchor off of Gourdin Island, a small rocky outpost at the northernmost fringes of the Antarctic Peninsula.  An area exposed to the Southern Ocean and all her stormy moods.  Her swells and wind waves, her confused seas, her ice.  The early morning fog was heavy, blanketing us and everything around us with a dense layer of gray and a dull glow in the direction of the sun.

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Penguins on Ice: How a Hobbyist Captured an Award Winning Photograph

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by Miranda Miller

You could say it was a shot fifteen years in the making, yet when Katrina Zinger captured her ‘Penguins on Ice’ shot, she had no idea how exceptional it was.

Early in 2016, when they set sail from Ushuaia aboard Ocean Endeavour en route to Antarctica, Katrina and her aunt made good on a promise they’d made to one another a decade and a half ago. Their 14-day Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition journey was the culmination of a lifetime of travel together that started when Katrina was just a girl.

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A Polar Travel Adviser Shares Her Best Antarctica Fly/Cruise Travel Tips

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by Caren Rapp

Twenty-three years ago, I took my first Antarctic adventure, and I’ve been helping others discover the seventh continent ever since. And recently, I had the opportunity to experience Antarctica in an exciting new way when I took one of our Fly/Cruise expeditions last February.

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Iconic & Incredibly Memorable: Four Antarctic Moments

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In Part 1 of our interview with travelers John and Karen Morrison, they talked about making the decision to embark on an Antarctic adventure, and their preparations for the trip.

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Our Antarctic Journey: A Canadian Couple’s Trek to the 7th Continent

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Canadians have a bit of an advantage when preparing for an Antarctic journey, given that an active lifestyle during the typical Canadian winter requires much of the same gear you’ll want to bring to the 7th continent. Soft, breathable merino wool base layers and waterproof outers are a must, while fleece layers add comfort and warmth. Canadians are so prepared for this! So are their brethren from the northern United States, northern Europe and other cold-weather regions.

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Facing down Fear: One Woman’s Journey to Antarctica and why she Doubled Down

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Photographer Cynthia Phillip recently shared a personal account of her first trip to Antarctica with us. That initial expedition was such a rewarding and transformational experience, she booked a second, longer expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

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Photo Fun: How to Take Polar Jumping Selfies

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Imagine this: you are on the polar expedition of a lifetime. Forget about your location for a second. Instead, answer this: how will you capture these memories?

Go back in time 15 or 20 years and your best option was a digital or standard SLR camera. Today, thanks to advanced smartphone cameras, you have more options than ever before

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Meet Antarctic Wildlife in 360° VR

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This post was previously published in July 2016

Exploring the 7th continent is best accomplished in person, of course; but polar-passionate people the world over can now explore vicariously through Quark Expeditions’ 360° Virtual Reality Antarctic Experience, a series of stunning 360° VR videos shot in Antarctica. Rotate your mobile device or mouse around on a laptop to explore the sights and sounds of an authentic Antarctic landing.

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