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Written by Quark President, Hans Lagerweij I'm writing this blog from the unique surroundings of the Arctic Watch Lodge at 74˚ Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada. Quark Expeditions® has launched...Read more
Feature photo courtesy of Quark passenger Mitch. In Northern Europe, they call it Midsummer, or St. John's Day, after the early Christian martyr John the Baptist. The Japanese take to the streets to...Read more
Each person has their own unique and personal reasons for visiting Antarctica. For some, it's the culmination of a lifelong quest to visit one of the most remote, pristine destinations on the planet....Read more
Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, and the passengers aboard Quark's Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, shared a once in a life time experience; being surrounded by humpback and orca whales. For close to three hours, a group of 50 whales were breaching, tail slapping and flaking around the zodiacs that were cruising in Wilhelmina Bay.
Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, who is leading Quark's Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, has experienced what most people can only dream of; a once in a life-time encounter with Humpback and Orca whales. Below is Shane's description of this phenomenal event:
Former Canadian Museum of Nature botanist, Nicholas Polunin, wrote in 1940 that this plant "must be reckoned among the world's greatest beauties, especially as it stands out in its unusually bleak and desolate surroundings." Purple saxifrage is an edible plant that is seen all over the high Arctic. Purple saxifrage is the first plant to flower in the Arctic spring, and stays in bloom for 10 to 14 days. Fun fact: Inuit have been known to eat the sweet blossoms of the purple saxifrage which contain vitamin C.
Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.
Visit Introduction to Spitsbergen to read more about this spectacular voyage!
Each January, the travel editors from the New York Times Magazine feature their top places to visit for the year ahead. Not surprising, the Arctic Circle was listed in the top 52 Places to Go in 2014. Interested? Quark’s award-winning Three Arctic Islands expedition packs more wildlife and dramatic Arctic coastlines into 14 days than you can imagine. Visiting Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen, you’ll have great chances to see bearded seals as well as walrus, whales, seabirds and, of course, polar bears.
Introduce yourself to the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands with penguins, seals, and ice in all it's myriad forms. Explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world's most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.
Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Quark's Epic High Arctic Expedition is wonderful voyage to explore Baffin Island and experience where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture.