This blog post was written by Ali from the Expedition Team on Ocean Endeavour in Antarctica
The days blend into each other in the High Arctic, where working nights under the 2 a.m. sun or working days is guided not by an internal clock or by the necessary stillness that comes with darkness, but by the cycles of the whales, which seem to be guided by the tides.
Last year when I took on involvement with other NAS expedition brands International Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions, I took a deliberate step back from my role at Quark. Today, I am very excited to announce that I will lead a newly-formed portfolio of some of the world’s leading specialist adventure travel brands.
The research involved in investigating, exploring and documenting the history, wildlife and natural resources of the Polar Regions takes a massive amount of work for experts in all fields. These research helps us preserve the past and prepare for the future.
The history of the Polar Regions and the ambitious journeys to them are intriguing; when you travel to these remote destinations, you can't help but feel you're experiencing life the same way explorers might have lived centuries ago.
Exploring the Polar Regions will take you to some of the most extreme, remote and incredible places on the planet. The sheer wonder of waking up to the distinct crack of a calving iceberg, or greeting a friendly penguin outside your tent, or spotting a polar bear across an expanse of flowering tundra – these are the experiences that change travelers for life.
Polar researchers and scientists with all types of specialities work across the Arctic and Antarctic regions to learn more about these unique areas and their delicate ecosystems. Finding the funding to travel to the most remote places on earth is an ongoing challenge, though; often, individuals and institutions alike simply can't afford it.