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New Ultimate Expeditions!The Explorers Collection: six extraordinary adventures PAGE 6
Arctic CircumnavigationBreak ice on a full 360 of the Arctic! PAGE 22
Northern Lights ExpressFly and cruise to the Earths most spectacular light showPAGE 40
Galapagos to the PoleAn epic adventure combining Galapagos and AntarcticaPAGE 76
The Leader in Polar Adventures
Arctic & Antarctic Expeditions 2016.17
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3 Letter from the President4 Timeline: 25 Years of Polar Firsts6 NEW for 2016.17: Explorers Collection8 The Shackleton Club9 Quark Cares10 Meet Our Expedition Leaders12 Talk to the Polar Travel Experts14 Special Guests and Experts15 Social Media16 THE ARCTIC
18 A Day in the Life: Arctic Icebreaker 20 The North Pole 22 Arctic Icebreaker Expeditions 28 Norway and Svalbard 36 A Day in the Life: Greenland 38 Greenland 40 Arctic Express (Fly/Cruise) 44 Canadian High Arctic 48 Arctic by Land 52 Arctic Trip Extensions54 ANTARCTICA & GALAPAGOS 56 A Day in the Life: South Georgia 58 Antarctic Peninsula 62 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas),
South Georgia and Antarctica 66 Antarctic Express (Fly/Cruise) 72 Intimate Antarctica 76 The Galapagos Islands 80 Antarctic Trip Extensions 82 Adventure Options 86 Our Fleet 98 Arctic 2016 Dates & Rates 100 Antarctica 2016.17 Dates & Rates 102 Meet Our Sister Companies 104 How to Dress for Polar Travel 106 Inclusions and Exclusions 109 Terms and Conditions
A Quark expedition is unlike anyother voyage you will ever take.Expedition travel is easier than you think.
After 25 years as the leader in polar adventures,
we know how to interpret the most remote
and pristine regions in the world.
Your introduction to the best of polar
and sub-polar travel lies within these pages.
Let our passionate team of experts help
you nd the trip of a lifetime.
Sizing up the mighty icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, parked in iceon the cover: A king penguin chick gets curious up close and personal with the camera, South Georgia, Antarctica back cover: A polar bear strikes a perfect pose
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
There is little pristine wilderness left in the worldplaces
that truly inspire awe, and possess purity and beauty that defy
description. The Arctic and Antarctica are two such places.
This year is an especially signicant one for us: 25 years ago, Quark Expeditions founders set out to explore these regions with a single ship and a dream to reach the North Pole. We also traversed the rst-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage and historic routes across the Russian Arctic. Today, we still embody the spirit of the great explorersits one of the reasons were the leader in all things polar. We oer more expeditions and choice of vessels than any other polar operator!
As we celebrate this silver milestone of providing passengers with unforgettable trips of a lifetime, we are delighted to bring you more ways to discover these wild places, more awe-inspiring moments and more comfort and convenience.
Introducing the Explorers Collection, a hand-picked portfolio of six extraordinary expeditions featuring unique accommodations and modes of travel, exclusive to Quark.
The collection includes two journeys aboard the intimate Hans Hansson small exploration boat to rarely visited Antarctic havens and the Falklands, an exciting Galapagos Islands program on the Evolution small expedition ship, and Arctic Watch, our unique Canadian Arctic basecamp.
Whether its your rst Quark trip of a lifetime or your twenty-fth, I invite you to join our fraternity of polar adventurers! Our passionate and highly knowledgeable Polar Travel Advisers are available to answer all your questions and help make your experience extraordinary.
Andrew White, President, Quark Expeditions
Contact me at email@example.com
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ANTARCTICA HAS THIS MYTHIC WEIGHT. IT RESIDES IN THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS OF SO MANY PEOPLE, AND IT MAKES THIS HUGE IMPACT, JUST LIKE OUTER SPACE. ITS LIKE GOING TO THE MOON.
Portal Point, Antarctic Peninsula
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2016Ocean Endeavour launches for 2015.16 season as the only health- and wellness-focused ship in Antarctica
Stand-up paddleboarding comes to the Antarctic as a new, exciting adventure option for Quark passengers
Quark oers rst land-based adventure in the Canadian High Arctic: Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
Helicopters aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov y Quark Expeditions passengers to previously inaccessible McMurdo Dry Valleys, in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica
First-ever attempt to circumnavigate Greenlanddicult ice thwarts the attempt with only a quarter of the expedition remaining
Quark Expeditions retraces the legendary voyage of Endurance, a rst for commercial passengers
First circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean aboard Kapitan Dranitsyn
In the Bay of Whales, Ross Sea, Quark breaks Roald Amundsens 100-year-old record for most southerly latitude of any surface vessel
Maiden voyage on the worlds largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, to the North Pole
Three Arctic Islands voyage voted one of National Geographic Travelers 50 Tours of a Lifetime
Quark Expeditions celebrates its 20th anniversary
Quark Expeditions celebrates its 25th anniversary as the leader in polar adventures.
Quark Introduces the Explorers Collection, a series of extraordinary expedition experiences featuring unique vessels, arctic basecamps and an epic Galapagos-Antarctica back-to-back voyage.
Quark Expeditions begins a circumnavigation of Antarctica, the rst-ever passenger voyage of its kind
First circumnavigation of Antarctica for commercial passengers completed
Quark and CarbonNeutral oer passengers pay-as-you-y carbon osetting program for international and domestic ights
2013Quark hosts Jonathan Shackleton and Falcon Scott, descendants of famed explorers, as they walk and camp on the 7th continent together
First-ever Floating Polar Film Festival hosted aboard Quarks Sea Spirit
Polar adventure specialist Quark Expeditions launches and embarks on its rst North Pole voyage
Quark performs the rst-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage, the historic route across the Russian Arctic
Quark passengers aboard the ice-breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov are the rst to witness a total eclipse of the sun in Antarcticas Davis Sea
Lynne Cox, the worlds premier cold-water open-water swimmer, partners with Quark Expeditions
for the rst Antarctic one-mile (1.6-km) swim in history
Quark rst to conrm most northerly emperor penguin rookery near Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Quark launches rst-ever CarbonNeutral voyages to Antarctica aboard Ocean Diamond
First tour operator to successfully oer passenger hot air ballooning at the North Pole
Quark oers rst non-scientic visits to emperor penguin rookeries
Quark Expeditions deploys the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov to the far side of Antarctica, a rst in expedition travelYears
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GALAPAGOS & ANTARCTICA: EQUATOR TO POLE (see pages 76-79)
Hike, swim, snorkel and kayak as you explore the diverse Galapagos Islands aboard small expedition ship Evolution. Combine this adventure with a classic Antarctic expedition for some of the best highlights of the Southern Hemisphere, from equator to Pole!
HANS HANSSON: BESPOKE EXPEDITIONS (see pages 72-75)
Circumnavigate the Falklands, an archipelago teeming with wildlife and featuring beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and vast open spaces. Or discover rarely visited Antarctic Peninsula coves, inlets and landing sites on two intimate journeys aboard the one-of-a-kind Hans Hansson small exploration boat.
NORTH POLE: THE ULTIMATE ARCTIC ADVENTURE (see pages 20-21)
Crushing through pack ice on the legendary icebreaker 50 Years of Victory, aerial helicopter ightseeing and optional hot air balloon rides combine to make this remarkable journey to the North Pole an experience you will never forget.
ARCTIC ICEBREAKER EXPEDITION: ARCTIC CIRCUMNAVIGATION (see pages 22-27)
With its powerful ice-breaking strength, the legendary icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov navigates the Russian Arctic, the fabled Northwest and Northeast Passages, the extremes of Greenland, and the Canadian High Arctic. An epic, one-of-a-kind voyage!
ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE: ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE AT 74N (see page 51)
Oering ample views of iconic wildlife and unique landscapes and terrains, this one-of-a-kind lodge is located on the polar bear migration path in the Canadian High Arctic and features spectacular beluga whale watching. Adventure here is truly all-included: 26 lucky guests per stay enjoy complimentary fully guided adventure activities daily.
NORTH POLE EXPRESS: BARNEO ICE CAMP (see page 50)
Only a privileged few have ever stayed at Barneo Ice Camp, a seasonal basecamp, science and logistics stat