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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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Glacier Calving

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A dramatic moment captured as a glacier calves during a Three Arctic Islands expedition in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Frede Hansen.

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Glacier or ice calving is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier and is often preceded by a loud cracking sound similar to thunder!

You can read one passenger's firsthand experience on this voyage right here.

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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To the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

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We sat down with Quark's Polar Travel Manager Terri Chalmers and asked her to tell us a little bit about her Three Arctic Islands voyage with us last fall. She also shared a few of her favourite photos from the voyage - thanks Terri! Thinking of taking this expedition? Read all about it from the eyes of a Quark passenger below!

 

Name: Terri Chalmers

Job title: Polar Travel Manager

Trip Name: Three Arctic Islands

Pre-post night city: Oslo/Reykjavik

Date of Travel: Sept 4-17, 2012

 

1. How would you describe your personal travel style & why?

I'm always looking for excitement and something new. I like to visit remote places.

 

2. What were the weather conditions like during your trip?

It was a mix but was mostly sunny and mild temperatures. Not as cold as you'd think!

Three Arctic Islands by Terri Chalmers

3. Best memory on the ship or your overall impression of the ship and/or staff:

I know I might sound biased but we really do have fantastic expedition staff – always striving to provide the best, most memorable experience possible.

 

4. Top 3 things you did or experienced on your Polar expedition:

- Snuck up on a group of musk ox on the side of a hill in Greenland

- Saw a polar bear on an ice floe, with her fresh kill

- The Northern lights!

Three Arctic Islands by Terri Chalmers

5. Describe a wow moment or particularly special memory from your trip:

- Cruising in the zodiacs along the beach, watching a mother polar bear and her cub.

- The water was so cold during our Polar plunge, that they had to use a Zodiac to break the thin layer of iced that had formed at the surface before we could run in! But don’t let that stop you from trying it - the warm ship and hot beverages are not far away!

 

6. Sum up your trip in 3 words:

Breathtaking

Exhilarating

Emotional

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7. What would you say to anyone who is considering travelling to the Polar Regions:

Don’t let the thought of going to a cold environment dissuade you from visiting. The stunning landscapes and the immersion in nature and its wildlife are more than worth it.

Three Arctic Islands by Terri Chalmers

8. Are there any other experiences, restaurants, food, people, places or sites you would like to highlight?

Reykjavik is a great city in which to extend your trip. Easy to get around on foot, lots of interesting sights and culture, fantastic food. Ask your polar travel adviser for details on extending your trip!

 

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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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Future Sled Dog

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A future sled dog ready for training, captured by a Quark passenger on one of our Greenland voyages!

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Crazy for Greenland? Quark Expeditions offers a variety of Greenland voyages which you can read about right here! Don't forget to follow our Quark Loves Greenland board on Pinterest, and enter for a chance to win a Greenland voyage for two in our Quark Loves Greenland contest!

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Icebergs in the Arctic

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Today's Ice Photo comes from our Three Arctic Islands voyage in September of 2012. Incredible arctic scenery framed Iceby some perfect ice!

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Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow, by "Bob".

 

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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Framed by 'bergs in the Arctic

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Quark Expeditions passengers are framed by perfect icebergs in the Arctic. Another great shot from our Three Arctic Islands expedition!

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Photo by Peter & Heili, August 2012.

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The incredible hues of the Arctic

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A perfectly framed shot - Quark Expeditions passengers exploring via zodiac are surrounded by colour on our Three Arctic Islands voyage.

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Photo by G. Feier, August 2012.

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