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The rookie returns - diary of a returning Quark expedition guide

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Part 1 ~ Embarkation

It’s good to be back!

In March 2013 I bid a sad farewell to Antarctica, the Ocean Diamond and newfound friends amongst my fellow expedition staff, with whom I had sailed to the Seventh Continent and back during the course of four expeditions in my first ‘rookie’ season as a Quark Expedition guide.

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What you Need to Know About Kayaking in the Polar Regions

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There’s nothing quite like climbing into a kayak and paddling the pristine waters around towering icebergs off the coast of Antarctica, or along the shore of a quaint Greenland fishing village. In fact, Greenland is the birthplace of the kayak and many of Quark's Arctic passengers are treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration in Sisimiut, on the Davis Strait.

Kayaking is an immensely popular Antarctic adventure for Quark passengers. We provide the equipment and training you'll need for a day on the water enjoying views of the landscape from your unique vantage point just atop the surface of clear waters in the extreme North or South.

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What to expect when you travel to Antarctica: An expedition diary

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25th January 2015

Ocean Diamond - Expedition Blog

Our first day in Antarctica, after a pleasant crossing of the Drake thanks to impeccable timing on the part of Captain Oleg having controlled our speed to avoid any trouble, was Barrientos.

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Making Polar History - A Landing at Remote Saunders Island

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It was an exciting day indeed when 88 Quark Expeditions passengers became part of polar history.  

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Talking polar travel (and more) with Hans Lagerweij

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In this special guest blog post, former Quark Expeditions President and CEO, Hans Lagerweij, shares some insights with us on his new role, and on what to expect on his upcoming Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise the Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands fly-cruise. 

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Penguins and ice – the South Sandwich Islands do not disappoint

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Dr. Tom Hart runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London, through which he monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. Tom’s PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia.

Tom is just coming off of the Sea Spirit where he was our special guest lecturer, and conducting research for Penguin Lifelines. 

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Letters From Antarctica-Diary from a Polar Expedition-part 4

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The conclusion to our "Letters from Antarctica" series. Quark expedition team member Simon Bottomley shares his daily diary reflections from the Ocean Diamond. Read to discover what day-to-day adventures you can expect from your Antarctic vacation.  
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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Meet Quark Expeditions Polar Travel Adviser Naomi Box

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Planning and prepping for a polar expedition can be exciting and challenging – it's a GREAT BIG DEAL!

We get it. That's why Quark Expeditions offers the services of our highly knowledgeable and experienced Polar Travel Advisers (PTAs). Whether you're just looking for information, or have already booked and are planning for your upcoming polar adventure, our PTAs are packed with resources, tips and guidance to help you make the absolute most out of your arctic or Antarctic holiday.

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Letters From Antarctica-Diary from a Polar Expedition-part 3

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Our "Letters from Antarctica" series continues with part 3! Read to discover what day-to-day adventures you can expect from your Antarctic vacation.  
Part 1, Part 2

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Letters From Antarctica-Diary from a Polar Expedition-part 2

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Ever wonder what it’s like to join an Antarctic Expedition? In part 2 of our "Letters from Antarctica" series, Quark expedition team member Simon Bottomley shares his daily diary reflections from the Dec 19, 2014 sailing of the Ocean Diamond. Read to discover what day-to-day adventures you can expect from your Antarctic vacation.  
Part 1 starts here.

 

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