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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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Family Travel in the Arctic

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David Tanguay loves to travel, but nothing had quite prepared him for experiencing the spectacular Canadian High Arctic.  David had spent eight years working in travel and tourism, a career that took him to China, Spain and other destinations. Three years ago, he joined Quark Expeditions as an account manager, to work with travel agencies and tourism companies and help them understand the polar travel experience.

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Arctic Watch: Home of Real Life Arctic Explorers

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When you visit Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, you become part of a three generation dynasty of arctic explorers unlike any other in Canadian history. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Arctic

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What’s your number one reason for booking an arctic expedition? Are you a photographer looking to document some of the rarest and most beautiful wildlife on the planet? Is your goal to learn more about the culture and history of the north? Or is your dream to travel aboard one of the largest icebreakers ever built? Here are some reasons to plan a trip to the Arctic:
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