The Galapagos Islands, located off the west coast of South America, are home to hundreds of species of animal, amphibian and reptile found nowhere else in the world. A double World Heritage site, both the land and sea are protected.
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.
I was out on deck early the morning we entered Disko Bay. Fog surrounded the ship, hazy blue-grey into infinity, light rain and calm seas. As I watched, a giant iceberg appeared through the mist, looming ominously before it faded away into oblivion. Another appeared, then yet another. Soon the ship wove carefully through a landscape of ice, each piece as unique as an individual person. “It was as if they had been borne down from a world of myth, some Gotterdammerung of noise and catastrophe”, Barry Lopez had written. “Fallen pieces of the moon”. I stared out in wonder at their silence and their magnitude.
Imagine embarking on an Arctic odyssey where you have the opportunity to meet Greenland’s Inuit people, witness traditional kayaking, and venture into that rarified wilderness realm of beluga whales, polar bears, walrus, seals, and muskox. Our 16-day Arctic Quest voyage promises just that – it’s designed to delight historians, adventurers, and wildlife lovers alike. As our most diversified expedition, it also features a unique option for kayaking aficionados to get even more up close and personal with some of the Arctic’s more elusive wildlife.
Meet Quark's kayaking expert: Solan Jensen. Born and raised in coastal Alaska, Solan works as a kayak ranger and guide specializing in multi-day sea kayak trips. A highlight of his career, Solan was the co-leader of one of the first commercially guided overnight sea kayak expeditions in Antarctica. Below is an exclusive blog post from Solan:
From unique cultures and rare wildlife to majestic landscapes and towering icescapes, Greenland is beyond imagination.
Describing Greenland as multicultural might seem a little unorthodox, however when you learn about its rich Viking history, the journey of the Dorset people, as well as the Greenlandic people and the Danish immigrants, you’ll agree that Greenland is a melting pot of old and new mores.
During my recent voyage with Quark there were moments where I was left speechless. There were many opportunities to explore the rugged landscape and get up close with the wildlife in their natural setting. The surroundings were so spectacular that I would have to remind myself to pause and take it all in. Antarctica is unlike any other place in the world that I have traveled to. Quark Passenger, D. DaSilva, Antarctic Explorer Dec. 2012 on the Ocean Diamond.
Quark offers a wide variety of Adventure Options for those travelers who want a bit more action during their expeditions. Kayaking is a popular choice that offers an intimate way to explore the polar regions. Paddle yourself through the clear waters and don’t be surprised if you are followed by curious wildlife along the way. This photo is of Quark Passenger from the US and our Kayak Guide, Scott McCormack, both enjoying their afternoon in Antarctica.