Quark Expeditions has been the leader in polar adventure for three decades, focusing exclusively on the Arctic and Antarctic and, consequently, has the most experienced team in the polar regions. In 1991, they became the first company to take travellers to the North Pole.
In the Arctic and sub-Arctic, Quark Expeditions’ guests can explore Greenland, Spitsbergen (Norway), the Canadian High Arctic, Russia, and the North Pole on expeditions ranging from seven to 22 days. In Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic, guests can explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on expeditions from eight to 23 days.
Each expedition is staffed with experts in archeology, marine biology, polar history, meteorology, sustainability and other polar-related subjects.
The intimate onboard atmosphere leads to easy interaction between guests and expedition staff, and fosters an educational environment through lectures, presentations, films, and story-telling. Meals are taken communal-style or on their own, with a combination of buffet and plated, and chef-prepared meals in dining-rooms. Food is excellent and the culinary team caters to dietary requests with advance notice.
A fleet of Zodiacs are used for shore landings and excursions to explore historical sites, wilderness and wildlife colonies. Guests can participate in Zodiac cruising, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, and overnight camping. Quark Expeditions offers extensive adventure options and has the largest and most diverse fleet of small ships in the polar regions, each carrying a maximum number of 199 guests. These small polar vessels, which offer well-appointed accommodations and comfortable surroundings, are able to navigate remote places other ships cannot reach.
In 2019, Quark welcomed its first new build vessel – the all-suite, all-balcony, 172-guest World Explorer with a glass-domed observation lounge, lecture theater, and wellness facilities. In 2020, Quark Expeditions will launch Ultramarine, a 199-guest vessel that’s a gamechanger in polar travel with its two twin-engine helicopters and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, which enable guests to explore the polar regions deeper and faster than ever before. The two helicopters mean that heli-hiking and flight-seeing can be offered.
Guests on World Explorer and Ultramarine enjoy enhanced wellness programs, with onboard spas and saunas, and other wellness amenities.
Quark Expeditions recently unveiled its Polar Promise, a sustainability framework that will help preserve the polar wilderness for generations to come.