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Guest Blog by Danny Pastuck, Merchandise Ecommerce Manager
Some people dream of seeing a polar bear in the flesh, lumbering across the icy tundra at a safe distance. Others crave that indescribable feeling of standing in such a remote location that it’s entirely possible no human has ever stood there before. Others are fulfilling a lifelong dream of reliving the adventures of legendary explorers from centuries past, setting off on adventurous wilderness tours, or learning firsthand about the traditions and culture of arctic people.
Environmental sustainability is a universal concern not only for Quark Expeditions® staff and crew, but for our passengers, as well. Exploring the pristine Polar Regions calls for the utmost respect, so we can preserve them for generations to come.
Quark Expeditions® recently announced that Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield will be joining our Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Best of the Canadian High Arctic in late August / early September . In what he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, Hadfield will bring his science and technology variety show, Chris Hadfield’s Generator, on board the legendary Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov.
Meet a living legend. Meet Master Mariner, Petr Golikov.
Along with highly experienced crews, vessels carrying passengers to remote Polar Regions must be specifically designed and prepped for intricate journeys. Petr and powerhouse Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker, seen here crushing through arctic sea ice, have been dedicated to making this journey for over 20 years.
The first recorded trade route exploration to the Orient across the top of the world was in 1497, when King Henry VII sent John Cabot off to an uncertain fate. While Cabot didn’t find the Northwest Passage, he did find Newfoundland and lived to tell the tale.
By the early 17th century, many Europeans began risking all to search for the fabled passage, but few were prepared for the dangers they encountered in the forbidding environment of the North. In many cases the environment overwhelmed, and today there are shipwrecks throughout the Arctic that prove it.
For centuries, nature has defined life in the Arctic. Visiting the museums, exhibitions and art galleries as part of your arctic holiday you’ll find that art, culture and nature are all very closely linked.