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Dreaming in Disko Bay

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I was out on deck early the morning we entered Disko Bay. Fog surrounded the ship, hazy blue-grey into infinity, light rain and calm seas. As I watched, a giant iceberg appeared through the mist, looming ominously before it faded away into oblivion. Another appeared, then yet another. Soon the ship wove carefully through a landscape of ice, each piece as unique as an individual person. “It was as if they had been borne down from a world of myth, some Gotterdammerung of noise and catastrophe”, Barry Lopez had written. “Fallen pieces of the moon”. I stared out in wonder at their silence and their magnitude.

 

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A Leap of Faith: The Murres of Cape Walstenholme

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Written by Acacia Johnson

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White Whale Wonderland: Cruising with Belugas in Churchill

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Written by Acacia Johnson

On a beautifully warm day in Churchill, Manitoba, the Sea Explorer welcomed a new group of passengers aboard. After a long day of travel and sightseeing for our guests, we had initially planned a restful evening for their first hours aboard the ship – but nature had other plans. In the true spirit of an expedition, we decided to seize the opportunities that presented themselves, because outside, something amazing was happening.

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A Monumental Experience: Bears, Bergs, and Brilliant Weather

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By Acacia Johnson

Having spent a day crossing Davis Strait from the foggy, ice-filled wonderland that was Greenland, it was with much anticipation that we approached the Canadian Arctic. Our first stop would be Monumental Island, an uninhabited island where we hoped to spot some Arctic wildlife. Almost magically, the sea stood perfectly still, flat and calm far into the open ocean towards Greenland. With bright sun gleaming through a hazy sky, it was a perfect day to be out on the water.

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Quark Expeditions’ Guide to Explore Human Connection to the Arctic Landscape This Winter

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Artist and photographer Acacia Johnson is all set to join Quark Expeditions as a guide and photography lecturer in the Arctic this season. Even before she joins us, Johnson is looking towards the winter, when she'll stay on in the Arctic to work on Into Indigo, her exploration in images of the profound human connection to the mythic winter landscape of the Canadian Arctic.

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Quark Expeditions Supports Vivienne Westwood's "Save the Arctic" Campaign

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Celebrity image credit: Andy Gotts and Quark images staff by Lisa McLean.

This Arctic travel season, Quark Expeditions’ Arctic voyages passengers and staff will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and important campaign to save the Arctic.

Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has enlisted the support of superstars George Clooney, Chris Martin and Paloma Faith for her "Save the Arctic" campaign, part of the larger Climate Revolution movement. In February, the designer teamed up with Greenpeace and photographer Andy Gotts to raise awareness for the cause with a series of celebrity portraits featuring her original t-shirt design.

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Meet the Muskox, Greenland's Gentle Giant

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When we think of Greenland, a formidable, rocky and barren span inhospitable to life comes to mind. However, it is far from that! Greenland’s pristine Arctic wilderness is rich with wildlife, both land and water-borne. Passengers on our 14-day East Greenland expedition have a unique opportunity to view animals few will ever see outside of a zoo in their natural habitat, including Greenland’s largest land mammal, the muskox.

Muskox stand four to five feet (1.1 to 1.5 m) high at the shoulder and weigh up to 900 pounds (410 kg). Their average weight is a hefty 630 pounds (285 kg). Both male and female muskox sport long, curved horns and impressive trailing beards. In fact, the Greenlandic name for muskox is “Umimmak,” meaning “the long-bearded one.”

Meet the Muskox, a Gentle Arctic Giant

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Spitsbergen Explorer: Voyage update from the Sea Spirit

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If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, Spitsbergen Explorer is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus. Located above the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen welcomes travelers from around the world to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this 11 day voyage is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic.”

Below is an update from Annie Inglis, Operations Manager, aboard the Sea Spirit:

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Arctic Kayaking a Timeless Adventure in the Far North

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Imagine embarking on an Arctic odyssey where you have the opportunity to meet Greenland’s Inuit people, witness traditional kayaking, and venture into that rarified wilderness realm of beluga whales, polar bears, walrus, seals, and muskox. Our 16-day Arctic Quest voyage promises just that – it’s designed to delight historians, adventurers, and wildlife lovers alike. As our most diversified expedition, it also features a unique option for kayaking aficionados to get even more up close and personal with some of the Arctic’s more elusive wildlife.

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Yellowknife

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Travelers en route to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge are first treated to a stop in Yellowknife. This vibrant, scenic city in Canada’s Northwest Territories serves as the gateway to the Arctic and offers a fantastic variety of activities, both outdoor and urban. Situated on the Canadian Shield and Great Slave Lake (the deepest lake in North America), Yellowknife is known as the aurora borealis viewing capital of the world and is the hub of the region’s oil and mining industries.

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