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Quark interviews Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

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Feature photo by Göran Ehlmé, National Geographic Creative

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Paul Nicklen and I’m a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine. I’m also a polar specialist in communicating the issues of climate change in the Polar Regions.

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Sochi 2014 Games: Olympic torch visits the North Pole

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For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board Quark's nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. The icebreaker, which departed from Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest trip ever - 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north. Once the ship reached 90 degrees North, expedition members performed a torch relay both aboard the icebreaker and on the sea ice.

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Hot Docs & Quark Expeditions: First-ever Polar Floating Film Festivial

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Talk about a milestone here at Quark Expeditions! Eight documentaries have been selected by Hot Docs for the first-ever Polar Floating Film Festival. Starting November 2, 2013 the films will be featured on the Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage.

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OSC Cross: The Latest In Polar Fashion

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While it's important to keep warm while travelling to the polar regions, it's also just as important to look cool! Which is why Quark Expeditions are loving these supremely functional (and supremely stylish) layering vests from OSC Cross. The Canadian brand is born out of the concept of having tailored fits, coupled with expert workmanship that result in three keystones: an appreciation for good design, decades of expertise in the industry, and of course, a commitment to their valued patrons.

Why will you find these vests from OSC Cross aboard our ship? Lightweight and 100 percent down filled, these quilted vests not only keep your silhouette in fine form but also help keep your packing to a minimum. Whether you're heading out to hike, kayak, or just relaxing in the ship's lounge, the versatility is endless with these sports infused, fashion forward vests.

 

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Quark Expeditions Announces 2014 - 2015 Antarctic Season

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33 departures featuring two extended “Epic” voyages

Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, today announced the company’s Antarctic 2014-2015 season. Highlights of the season include two extended voyages that will offer passengers Southern Ocean and Antarctica once-in-a-lifetime adventures in and around the 7th continent. With 33 departures starting November 5, 2014, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.

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Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory

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Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole.

[Waterbury, VT] – July 2, 2013 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, has just successfully reached the geographic North Pole for the 46th time as part of its first voyage of the 2013 Arctic season. It took

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Great Scott! Falcon Scott is joining Quark Expeditions on several 2013.14 Antarctic voyages

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This just in: Falcon Scott, grandson of famed Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, will be reuniting with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s cousin, Jonathan Shackleton, on four Quark voyages this Antarctic season.

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Director of ‘Chasing Ice,’ Special Guest Aboard Quark Expeditions voyage

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Passionate about the polar regions? You aren't going to want to miss this voyage! Quark Expeditions is thrilled to announce that Jeff Orlowski, director of the Oscar-nominated climate change documentary, Chasing Ice, will join our 22-day Antarctic expedition featuring the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival. Wanderlust magazine has named this expedition one of its '"50 Best Trips for 2013."

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Stay Safe With Quark Expeditions

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When you book your next voyage with Quark Expeditions, you can rest assured that you are traveling with one of the most responsible and safety-conscious companies in the Polar expeditions industry.

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All about the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

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While researching travel to the Antarctic, you've probably come across the name "IAATO" (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) a number of times. We asked Dr. Kim Crosbie, Operations Director for IAATO to answer a few questions for us about what exactly IAATO is and why it's so important. She also gave us a few words about her personal experiences in Antarctica!

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