Join us as we revisit some of our most memorable blog posts and celebrate women who have carved out their own journey around the world, including the Polar Regions.
The names and achievements of famous explorers of the Polar Regions are well known, and the history of polar exploration is filled with stories of courage and endurance, as well as triumph and tragedy. From Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose bravery and devotion to his men was exemplary, to the century-long mystery of the ill-fated Franklin expedition, polar explorers continue to intrigue.
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With every new arctic expedition comes a new set of operational challenges. Quark Expeditions is no stranger to the North Pole, bringing guests to the geographic North Pole each summer by means of legendary icebreaker 50 Years of Victory. And so we know - what you wear on your North Pole trip is almost as important as how you get there.
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.