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A day in the life: Spitsbergen, Arctic

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Ever wonder what it's like to be on an Arctic expedition? This video gives you an intimate snapshot of a day in the life of one of our Spitsbergen voyages. Time spent in Spitsbergen is always unique from one day to the next. Epic, awesome and majestic, the Arctic region of Svalbard region is full of wildlife and amazing scenery just waiting for you. Come explore the Arctic and Antarctica with Quark Expeditions.

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A day in the life: Spitsbergen, Arctic

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Spitsbergen Expedition - Voyage Update!

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Wow!! What an amazing day for the expeditioners aboard the Sea Spirit. This morning we ventured out in the zodiacs to explore the ethereal basalt cliffs of Alkefjellet, in the Hinlopen Strait. As we drew close we were absorbed into the cacophony of sound and ceaseless movement of several hundred thousand birds, mostly Brunnich’s guillemots. The sky swarmed with birds, many with small fish in their beaks, and the cliffs were crammed with guillemots closely guarding their young chicks. Returning to the ship, many commented how quiet it seemed after all the noise of the colony (despite all the excited chatter of 75 school children!)

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As we made our passage northwards after lunch, and just after crossing 80o North again, we saw huge columnar whale blows ahead. The expedition staff were thrilled to announce the extremely rare sighting of a blue whale. Then, over the course of an hour or more, there were no less than 6 of these magnificent animals, the largest on the planet. It was breathtaking to watch these mammals feeding, showing their flukes and turning towards us. Their blows were heard from the ship and the mottled blue colour of their 30m body seen clearly seen. We felt incredibly privileged to have observed these creatures.

Coming into our afternoon landing site, sharp eyes spotted one polar bear, then a second, on the hills beyond our landing. We watched from a distance and then landed on the other side of the bay at Sorgfjorden. It was here that a short battle between two French war ships and a fleet of Dutch whaling ships was fought. Whilst wandering on the site, walruses in the water were spotted, carefully watching us from a distance.

It was a tired but happy group that returned to the ship – the special ice cream buffet was well-earned. There was much high-spirited talking in the lounge, amongst new friends and old, late into the evening. A fantastic day!

 

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Polar bear snow bath

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Although they are often placed together in cartoons and drawings, it is a common misconception that polar bears and penguins live in the same polar environments. Polar Bears can be found in five nations: U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. Luckily for penguins, polar bears do not live in Antarctica.

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Our #IcePhoto today is from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island within Norway's Svalbard island chain, is often referred to as the wildlife capital of the Arctic!

Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things polar!

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Lunchtime in the Arctic

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A polar bear looks up at a passing ship full of Quark passengers. This polar bear has just finished having himself what looks like quite the meal!

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Photo by passenger Melissa on our September 4, 2012 "Three Arctic Islands" voyage, named one of National Geographic Traveler's "Tours of a Lifetime" in 2011.

 

Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things polar!

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Welcome to the North Pole!

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A polar bear appears to wave lazily at passing Quark Expeditions passengers: "Welcome to the North Pole!"

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Photo from the passenger slideshow, "Voyage to the North Pole" 24 June to 6 July 2011.

Be one of only 250 people to stand at the top of the world in 2013! Join us on Russian icebreaker 50 Years of Victory as we head to 90 degrees north.

Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things polar!

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Who is that handsome devil?

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A polar bear admires his reflection in icy arctic waters - the perfect submission for #IcePhoto Wednesday!

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Photo from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage, July 2010.

 

Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and videos and chat about all things polar!

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