Since 1991, Quark Expeditions has specialized in polar explorations aboard vessels purpose-built for high latitude sailing, combining the spirit of adventure with a deep sense of environmental responsibility and a strong desire to educate others about the wonders of the Polar Regions. As a leader in polar expeditions, they offer unparalleled technical expertise, leadership and passion for polar adventure, with the largest and most diverse fleet of passenger vessels in the Antarctic. Quark’s fleet allows them to offer more departures and a greater variety of itineraries than any other company, including excursions that visit Antarctica from 'the other side.'
In the Arctic, Quark ventures higher and farther than anyone else with a nuclear-powered icebreaker that crushes its way to the North Pole. The polar-class icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov journeys at latitudes well above the Arctic Circle. It is equipped with a helicopter and Zodiacs, enabling guests to reach remote locations that other vessels cannot.
Travelers with Quark Expeditions come from around the world, though all share a preference for travel to hard to access wilderness areas accompanied by specialists eager to share their knowledge. First and foremost, Quark is an expedition company, and a great fit for travelers who value a true expedition experience and educational enrichment over 5-star creature comforts. Documentary producers and research scientists often sail with Quark, not just as guest lecturers but also in order to gain the best access possible to the remote areas of the world where they ply their trade.
Some of our favorite voyages include . . .
Crossing the Antarctic Circle: Southern Expedition: Departs January - February, 2011 & 2012
A 15-day expedition for travelers seeking adventure tours and hankering to cruise south of the Antarctic Circle. Optional adventures - camping and kayaking - are available on selected departures. A photography-focussed vacation is delivered February 26, 2011, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein will be the special guest on that Antarctica cruise.
Arctic Passage: End of an Era Transit of Amundsen’s Route to Asia: Departs August 22, 2011
A 23-day End of an Era cruise. Kapitan Khlebnikov’s final transit of the Northwest Passage. Special guest John Murray backed the Irish-Canadian Franklin Search Expedition that sought Erebus and Terror, Franklin's lost ships. This remarkable Arctic adventure offers the best of western Greenland, the Canadian and the Russian Arctic. Arctic Passage is the vacation of a lifetime, and will never be repeated.