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Quark Expedititions

Many adventure-seekers, upon choosing a destination, have a fixed image in their minds of what lies ahead. Travelers to the Arctic are no different. They anticipate a kaleidoscopic array of icebergs, glaciers, polar bears, breath-taking landscapes and pods of whales.

Quark Expeditions' offers all of that—and a lot more. The unique experiences awaiting our guests exceed previously-held notions of polar journeys: newly-revamped itineraries to Arctic destinations where few humans have ever set foot; a brand new ship that will take you places no one else can; and a game-changing range of helicopter-supported adventure options—exclusive to Quark Expeditions—that utterly transforms what you can see and do in the Arctic.

Quark Expeditions, the most experienced team in the polar regions, is the only partner for your polar voyage. AND THE TIME IS NOW.

Going Beyond in Polar Adventure

As the Leader in Polar Adventures, we are committed to taking travelers beyond the ordinary, outside the predictable and expected.

For the last 30 years we've focused exclusively on polar exploration. We have the most experienced team in the polar industry. We have the most diverse fleet, which allows guests to personalize their voyage. We offer more off-ship adventure options than anyone
else—which means guests can choose how they wish to explore the Arctic.

Our fleet of small ships, including our newest ship, Ultramarine, can take you places other vessels cannot reach. Our obsession to explore new frontiers and create new guest experiences is part of our DNA. That philosophy—that obsession to go beyond— is reflected in our 30-year history of polar firsts.

Expert Guides - The Most Experience Guides in the Industry

The perfect polar expedition doesn't just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable and experienced professionals to bring it all together. Our Expedition Team is comprised of seasoned veterans with rich backgrounds in marine biology, history, glaciology, geology and more. With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the industry, our Expedition Teams safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your polar adventure every step of the way.

The off-ship Experience

Sea Kayaking Sea kayaking is offered on all of our departures and you require no previous experience to enjoy this activity. Our sea kayaks are the ideal means by which to get some good exercise and explore the cliffs and shores of the various visitor sites around the archipelago. A typical cruise week offers great opportunities to go kayaking around secluded coves, shores, mangrove estuaries and beautiful beaches. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and many other animals can be seen up close on a kayak and even as they swim.

Paddling Excursion Explore the ocean from a more intimate vantage point on a sit-on-top kayak. No experience is required to manoeuvre these very stable kayaks, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, taking in breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Whether it's your first time in a kayak or you want greater flexibility to try other Adventure options, this shorter excursion is for you.

Paddling in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent and a one-time experience. Your kayak guides will attempt to take you out on the water for 1-1.5 hours of paddling. Offered on most voyages, spaces are limited. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.

Pricing subject to change based on season. Please proceed to checkout or contact a Polar Travel Adviser for more details.

Stand-up Paddleboarding Stand-up Paddleboarding, popularly known as SUPing, originated in Hawaii. Quark Expeditions is the first company to bring this watersport all the way to Antarctica.

SUPing combines the immersive experience of kayaking but in a standing position. Participants, if they prefer, can kneel, sit or even lie down and stare up at the azure Antarctic sky. Because of their wide base and tail fins, SUP boards are quite stable, enabling participants - after a bit of practice - to stop staring at their feet and admire the surrounding scenery. Imagine seeing Gentoo penguins gliding below you, or making eye contact with a Weddell seal lying on a piece of ice as you paddle by.

Guests receive on-ship and on-water instruction from a qualified SUP guide. In addition, a safety driver (in a Zodiac) stays within range to offer assistance.

Camping Imagine for a moment, staring at the stars in the indigo glow of an Antarctic night as you bed down for the night outside in the elements. The buzz of your daily life becomes a distant memory as you listen to the bray of penguin, the ethereal calls of the Weddell sea - even the exhalation of a humpback whale. And then you fall asleep.

Antarctic Camping with Quark Expeditions is an unforgettable experience. After dinner onboard, you'll be escorted ashore by Zodiac to camp out on the snow for the night in your ready-to-roll bivy sack (tents can be used upon request). Once you decide on your spot, you set up camp and enjoy the peace as the Antarctic night unfolds.

Camping in Antarctica is limited to 50 participants, all of whom will be briefed beforehand on the principals of basic camping. Prior to you settling down for the night, Quark Expeditions staff will prepare the site, including setting up a perimeter in safe, flat to gently-sloping and beautiful site. You're free to choose where (within the perimeters) you want to settle down for the night.

Flight Seeing Imagine soaring over the polar regions from the comfort of a helicopter and enjoying the most astounding aerial views imaginable of the frozen Antarctic Ocean, of snow-capped ice ridges, massive crevices, and of melt pools ranging from cerulean to deep, spectacular turquoise.

Flightseeing on polar vessels like Ultramarine and Kapitan Khlebnikov provides guests with an entirely different perspective of the polar regions. Helicopters take passengers to places Zodiacs and ships can't reach.

Helicopter flightseeing typically includes 7 to 9 passengers. No experience is necessary. Bring your camera—and enthusiasm.

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