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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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Beluga Whales Parade & Play in Cunningham River

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High above the Arctic Circle, the inlet at the mouth of the river running through the barren tundra on Somerset Island, Nunavut, comes alive each summer. Pods of hundreds of beluga whales, from the air, resemble something out of a science fiction movie.

It's an almost unbelievable sight: close to 2,000 majestic white belugas, nicknamed "sea canaries" for their high-pitched whistles and clicking, play and parade for visitors at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, a beluga whale watching hotspot.

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Explore Arctic Climate Conservation Issues with Frances Ulmer of the Nature Conservancy

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To say it’s an interesting time for climate change scientists and policymakers may be the understatement of the decade. The Badlands National Park Service account on Twitter went rogue shortly after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, tweeting out a series of climate change facts in defiance his administration. A new account that claims it’s operated by the unofficial “Resistance team of NASA” has attracted over 350,000 Twitter followers in mere days and is sounding the alarm over science-denial, as well as promoting the upcoming Science March on Washington.

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Wondering How to Get to the North Pole? Try a Nuclear Icebreaker

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by Miranda Miller

Imagine stepping out onto multi-year sea ice metres thick, a glass of champagne in hand, at the one place in the entire world where a look in any direction is a look south. Standing at the North Pole is an epic travel goal only a select few will ever experience in their lifetime.

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Nansen's Fram Expedition: Bold North Pole Exploration in the 1890s

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This article was previously published in July 2015

Recounting historical expeditions gives us a chance to experience some of the fascinating adventure, excitement and challenges of polar exploration from the past. Explorers with verve for discovery and innovation have opened the doors to the Polar Regions, and Quark’s authentic expeditions are rooted deeply in their explorative efforts and pioneering spirit. The discouragement, trials and hardships experienced by famed explorers on their polar quests, like Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen’s Fram expedition, have paved the way for modern day explorers to embark on their own North Pole expeditions.

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River of White – Across the Northwest Passage

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Guest Post by Nick Engelmann, Expedition Team Member

A “red whale,” I stand on the top deck in my innumerable layers of polyester and wool, encased in a red Mustang flotation coat, waiting. We are closing in on the eastern entrance of the Bellot Strait on our Northwest Passage: Franklin’s Legend Arctic expedition, and the view from our ship, Sea Adventurer, isn’t promising.

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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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SeaLegacy Photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier Prepare for the North Pole Summit 2017

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This July, a limited number of polar-passionate travelers will be breaking ice, pushing barriers and leading change alongside the world’s top Arctic climate change experts. The inaugural Quark Expeditions North Pole Summit 2017, on board one of the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreakers, is a transformative 14-day journey from Murmansk, Russia, to 90°N at the top of the world. As a participant, you’ll learn firsthand about our most pressing environmental challenges and be inspired by the brightest thought leaders in polar conservation to take action.

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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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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Arctic

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The reasons people choose an arctic cruise as their ideal vacation vary widely. Perhaps you’re a photographer looking to document some of the rarest and most beautiful wildlife on the planet, or one of your lifelong goals is to learn more about the culture and history of the North. Traveling aboard a real icebreaker could be on your bucket list, or maybe you’re not even sure that an arctic expedition is right for you, but you’re intrigued and want to find out!

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