Explore the Arctic with Quark Expedition’s Interactive Arctic Guide

In December 2012 I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region – after all, there […]

Win a Trip to the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

The Polar Regions have been inspiring explorers, adventurers and scientists for centuries. The harsh and wild environment has been the stage to both tragedy and triumph as human ability and spirit has been pushed beyond its limits.  The North and South Poles were the Holy Grails of explorers in the early 1900’s and remain a […]

Polar Travel in Pictures: #Arctic Ice

  If the polar bear is king of the Arctic, ice is it’s queen. Ice in the Arctic is part of a landscape that seems to have been created from a palette of blue and white hues.  It is part of a landscape that deafens you with its silence.  It is part of a landscape […]

Exploring the Arctic: 7 Wildlife Encounters

  Earlier this year I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region […]

Longyearbyen, Svalbard: First Impressions & 10 Random Facts

I take in a breath of fresh air and exhale a sigh of contentment, a sound that feels misplaced in this scene of contrast I find myself in. I walk on dry, green grass as I look up at snow-capped mountains.  I put on my sunglasses as I zip up my warm jacket.  My watch […]

FAQ (Antarctica Travel): Will I Get Bored on the Ship?

(This is part of the FAQ section that answers the most commonly asked questions about travelling to Antarctica, based on my own experience as a passenger with Quark Expeditions in 2012/2013.  This post is based on my three-week journey on the Ocean Diamond which may include activities/resources not offered on other ships.) The Question Will […]

You’ve Decided to go to Antarctica: Now What?

(this is an extract of a guest post I recently published on the We Said Go Travel website.  You can read the full post and other great articles at We Said Go Travel here) It’s been a lifelong dream, you’ve been inspired by the BBC’s Frozen Planet, you’ve just seen a friend’s photos from their […]

5 Reasons to Include South Georgia on Your Antarctica Travel Itinerary

It’s been a lifelong dream, you’ve been inspired by the BBC’s Frozen Planet, you’ve just seen a friend’s photos from their trip or you are a frequent traveller who only has one continent left on their bucket list.  Whatever the reason, the decision has been made: Antarctica will be your next travel destination. Unless you […]

Antarctica: 10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Travel Experience

(this is an extract from a guest post I recently contributed to the Quark Expedition blog – check it out here, along with photographs, travel tips and experiences from other Quark passengers, crew and operational staff).   A travel adventure to Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance […]

Antarctica – South Georgia – Falkland Islands: “A Photographic Summary”

A travel experience in Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance and effort to get there keeps it well and truly off the beaten track.  I recently enjoyed a three week expedition cruise with Quark Expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond, exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic […]

Antarctica: Embracing Boredom on the Scotia Sea

(this post was written on Sunday, 6 January 2013 on the second of three days at sea as we travelled from South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula) I am currently sitting in the warm and comfortable bar lounge on Deck 4 of the Ocean Diamond.  Twelve hours earlier I was perched at the bar with […]

Planning for Antarctica (Part 2): Where Am I Going?

Now in the final month of the countdown to my dream travel adventure to Antarctica, I continue sharing the planning phase (and my excitement) with you in my weekly post.  Part 1 began last week with answers to the most common questions I’ve been asked (and I’ve asked myself).  Part 2 explores where I will […]