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Beluga Whale Research Field Notes from Arctic Watch – Week 1

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It is half hour past midnight, the sun low but bright on the horizon, and the blows, surface squeaks and whistles of the whales can be heard loud and clear from the research cliff. I arrived today at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge to a sunny and summery Arctic, a kind, warm(ish) temperature (which up here still means a dawn jacket!), a few daring mosquitos (infrequent at this latitude), and only some ice patches remaining at the mouth of the inlet. 

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8 Impressive Arctic Explorers You May Not Have Heard Of

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There are many arctic explorers whose names and stories we know well – Sir John Franklin, for example. In 1845, he and his crew of 129 men sailed from England in search of the Northwest Passage, never to be heard from again.

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Meet the Polar Bear

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Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to view a polar bear in captivity, but believe us when we say there’s nothing like spotting one in its natural habitat!

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Preventing Overweight Baggage Blues – What NOT to Pack

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Guest Blog Post by Danny Pastuck, Quark Merchandise Manager

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Celebrate Arctic Sea Ice Day Enter the “Name Our Polar Bear” Contest!

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Part of Quark’s mission is to provide environmentally responsible polar travel through our sustainability initiatives. These initiatives include a range of support, from ensuring supplies and materials are environmentally safe, to supporting charitable and conservation efforts. One of these conservation organizations we embrace is Polar Bears International (PBI). And, right now, you too can actively participate in the protection and preservation of one of our favorite arctic friends, the polar bear.

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Meet the Blue Whale

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The largest animal on Earth, the blue whale’s ability to navigate the ocean is a sight to be seen.

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Mysterious Graves in Greenland Intrigue and Fascinate

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While exploring remote corners of the world, you might expect to stumble upon a wide variety of intriguing bits of history and mysterious sites, especially in fascinating Greenland.

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Of Legends and Folklore: Greenland’s Northern Lights

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The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) have enchanted viewers for thousands of years. And it has long been known that the best seat on Earth for viewing this spectacular light show is in Greenland.

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Meet the Puffins: Iconic Seabirds a Passenger Favorite

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Found in the Arctic, puffins are adorable creatures from the Alcidae family of seabirds. Arctic expedition passengers love spotting and having a chance to interact with these iconic polar birds, which hail from four species: the Atlantic puffin, horned puffin, tufted puffin, and rhinoceros Auklet. 

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Top 5 Reasons to take an Arctic Circumnavigation Expedition

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In summer 2016, iconic icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will depart Anadyr, Russia for an epic 75-day circumnavigation consisting of four back-to-back guided arctic expeditions.  

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