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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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Spotlight on Beluga Whale Communication

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This popular post was first published in 2015. 

On Somerset Island in the Canadian province of Nunavut, is a world-class beluga observation site, home to enormous arctic whale pods each summer. In summer 2014, Arctic Watch welcomed Vancouver Aquarium researcher Dr. Valeria Vergara, who spent four weeks at the lodge on an arctic research project, furthering her in-depth studies of the area’s belugas. 

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Where Is the Arctic & How Can I Get There?

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This popular post was first published in 2015. 

Unlike a lot of places you might dream of visiting, the Arctic isn’t just a single country or destination. And yet there’s an iconic arctic experience that adventurers crave: challenging tundra, rare animals, massive icebergs, rich culture and history, and all the room in the world to explore.

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Natural Polar Bear Habitat Delivers Award-Winning Photography on an Arctic Expedition

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Professional photographer Harry Skeggs has a passion for wildlife. Based in London, England, he has visited 50 countries in pursuit of the perfect shot to feed his love for wildlife photography. Recently, he went on an arctic expedition specifically to shoot polar bears … with his camera, of course!

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3 Things to Leave Home when on an Antarctic or Arctic Expedition

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Where do you even begin packing for a cruise to the most isolated and pristine places on the planet? If you’re wondering what kinds of things to take on a cruise to the Polar Regions with Quark Expeditions®, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s one of the questions that’s most frequently asked of our Polar Travel Advisers.

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Top 3 Arctic Expedition Destinations for Arctic Wildlife Lovers

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Arctic wildlife are a fascinating lot, thanks, in part, to how they’ve successfully adapted to one of the most challenging environments on earth. Traveling to Polar Regions in the Far North gives us a unique opportunity to see these hardy creatures in their natural environment.

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