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Help Clean Up Svalbard on Your Arctic Adventures

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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.

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Chris Hadfield’s Generator Show Goes to the Arctic

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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.

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Meet the Narwhal: A Near-Threatened Arctic Animal

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Spotting a narwhal on an arctic expedition may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, given that only 75,000 of these legendary creatures still roam the arctic waters around Greenland, Canada and Russia.

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Meet Icebreaker Captain Petr Golikov

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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.

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Meet the #ROMWPY Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner

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As presenting sponsors of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Quark is delighted to present the grand prize trip giveaway – a Greenland to Canada: Inuit, Icebergs, and Wildlife expedition – for the ROM’s own wildlife photography contest. In less than two months, more than 2,250 submissions were received for the #ROMwpy Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. Spectacular images included an incredible diversity of shots celebrating wildlife, and the very best in nature photography. Here, we chat with the #ROMwpy contest first prize winner, Steven Rose from Scarborough, Ontario, on his winning photograph. Steven is ecstatic to travel to the Arctic, compliments of Quark Expeditions.
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The Top Shipwrecks of the Arctic

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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.

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Arctic Community: The Cultures and Peoples of the Far North

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 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.

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Meet a Polar Bear Expert

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Each year on February 27th, polar animal lovers worldwide participate in events to draw attention to the challenges polar bears face in an Arctic increasingly affected by climate change. And Quark is proud to support the important conservation efforts of International Polar Bear Day organizers, Polar Bears International .

 
Polar bear on ice. Photo credit: Samantha Crimmin

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Spitsbergen – Home of the Polar Bear

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In the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole, lies the Svalbard archipelago, a collection of four large islands and hundreds of smaller ones. Seven national parks and 23 nature reserves cover most of the archipelago, a breeding ground for many seabirds. The area is teeming with wildlife including reindeer, arctic fox and marine mammals including seals and whales.

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Packing Tips for the Arctic from Col. Chris Hadfield

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Celebrated astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield is joining our Arctic Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov Expedition: Best of the Canadian Arctic.
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