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Quark Expeditions

Arktida and Antarktida

The polar regions are home to dozens of beautiful animal species that you will not find anywhere else. Polar bears, seals, penguin colonies, sea birds, gigantic elephant seals, polar wolves, whales, and schools of fish. You have not seen the world if you have not visited a polar area.

Set out to the Arctic, an area to the north of Arctic Circle. The Arctic includes parts of Russia, Alaska (USA), Canada, Greenland (Danish territory), Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, but most of its area is taken up by the Arctic Ocean, which is frozen over for most of the year.

For the polar opposite, at the south is the only continent that does not have any permanent inhabitants, is not owned by any state, and hence has no border checks. Endless deserted ice fields, secluded polar stations, mountain peaks, and the roar of the breaking of coastal ice will leave you in awe. It is the last true wilderness on the Planet Earth. Listen to the silence of undisturbed nature.

You can experience an adventure from a helicopter or by Zodiac. Every expedition is led by an elite team of experienced professionals in marine biology, ornithology, polar history and sea navigation.

Quark Expedition uses smaller boats, with a capacity of up to 130 passengers, built specifically for navigating the polar waters. The smaller the boat, the more often you will get ashore. The fewer the passengers, the faster you board the Zodiac.

You can choose from expeditions of 8 days to 2 months, various routes, and special-purpose expeditions are possible (photography, whale watching, bird watching, polar history, remote islands, and more.)

Sample itinerary – Antarctic Explorer:

Day 1–2: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, the beautiful foot of the Andes. Boarding, sailing via Beagle Channel, watching albatrosses and penguins.

Day 3–4: Sailing through stormy Drake Strait, the place where the two largest oceans meet. During your sail, the expedition team will prepare you for unforgettable experiences by presenting its educational programme to you.

Day 5–8: Southern Shetlands and Antarctica. An average of two landings per day depending on the conditions. Don’t forget to bring binoculars. You can see penguin rookeries and seals sunning on the ice, go on an expedition around mountains of ice, go kayaking, camp, ski, or admire wildlife on the rocky shores. During the educational programme, historians will inform you about the development of the region and ornithologists will teach you to recognise various bird species. Glaciologists will show you a bay with fantastically colourful glaciers.

Day 9–11: Return to Ushuaia via Drake Strait. The adventure you experienced will be with you forever. Antarctica is a powerful experience; we believe that you will want to come back.

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