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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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What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

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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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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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