Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning an Antarctica Trip

Sea kayaking (photos: Andreas Kambanis) An Antarctic cruise is for the more adventurous traveler. You head to our southern-most continent not because you want to “play tourist” or hit another cruise line port town that is almost the same as any other. You go because you are looking for something unique and clean; a trip you can take pride in. However, what makes an Antarctic expedition so special is also what makes it a little more work than other cruises. Antarctica does not offer tourist amenities, so it pays to make sure …

Not Your Average Yoga Holiday: Practicing on an Antarctic Expedition

Written by Elly MacDonald Life onboard the Ocean Endeavour is exciting and fast-paced–there are Zodiac cruises and shore landings to prepare for, expert lectures to enjoy, delicious meals to enjoy with new friends, and so many amazing sights to see from the open decks. Practicing yoga on your Antarctic expedition is an excellent way to relax, heighten your senses and really open yourself to the experience. Photo Courtesy: Sarah Hrdlicka As a yoga and wellness guide with Quark, I take passengers out …

Antarctic Kayak Adventures from an Experienced Kayaker’s Perspective

As an adventure travel destination, Antarctica never disappoints–just ask David Noble of Merced, California. A veteran mountaineer, hiker, kayaker and avid fly fisherman, he’s travelled all over the world pursuing his passions. This past December, he joined us in the Antarctic on board the Ocean Endeavour. We chatted with David after his Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent expedition. …

Stand-Up Paddleboard Tips for Adventurous Antarctic Visitors

Eyes fixed dead ahead, you see an iceberg looming large, glistening blue in the bright sun, looking as though it was hand-carved and set right in your way. No matter – a few strokes on your left and you’re on course to track around it, now heading toward a snow-covered beach. A …

Facing down Fear: One Woman’s Journey to Antarctica and why she Doubled Down

Photographer Cynthia Phillip recently shared a personal account of her first trip to Antarctica with us. That initial expedition was such a rewarding and transformational experience, she booked a second, longer expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. With two trips to Antarctica under her belt, Cynthia generously shared her best tips with us. Here, she recommends how to choose the voyage that best suits your needs as well as how to prepare for the trip of a lifetime! Choose Your Own Adventure Cynthia had originally planned on spending her vacation exploring Thailand, Cambodia …

Our Antarctic Journey: A Canadian Couple’s Trek to the 7th Continent

Canadians have a bit of an advantage when preparing for an Antarctic journey, given that an active lifestyle during the typical Canadian winter requires much of the same gear you’ll want to bring to the 7th continent. Soft, breathable merino wool base layers and waterproof outers are a must, while fleece layers add comfort and warmth. Canadians are so prepared for this! So are their brethren from the northern United States, northern Europe and other cold-weather regions. Even …

Iconic & Incredibly Memorable: Four Antarctic Moments

In Part 1 of our interview with travelers John and Karen Morrison, they talked about making the decision to embark on an Antarctic adventure, and their preparations for the trip. Passengers often describe Antarctica as a transformational, unpredictable place where anything can happen. Here, John and Karen share the most memorable experiences from their Antarctic voyage aboard Ocean Diamond. Celebrating Travel Achievements Embarking in Ushuaia, John and Karen visited the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island and the South Shetland Islands before moving on to the Antarctic Peninsula. As they approached and first caught sight of the white continent, passengers …

A Polar Travel Adviser Shares Her Best Antarctica Fly/Cruise Travel Tips

by Caren Rapp Twenty-three years ago, I took my first Antarctic adventure, and I’ve been helping others discover the seventh continent ever since. And recently, I had the opportunity to experience Antarctica in an exciting new way when I took one of our Fly/Cruise expeditions last February. Crossing the Drake Passage…

Penguins on Ice: How a Hobbyist Captured an Award Winning Photograph

by Miranda Miller You could say it was a shot fifteen years in the making, yet when Katrina Zinger captured her ‘Penguins on Ice’ shot, she had no idea how exceptional it was. Early in 2016, when they set sail from Ushuaia aboard Ocean Endeavour en route to Antarctica, Katrina and her aunt made good on a promise they’d made to one another a decade and a half ago. Their 14-day Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition …

5 Incredible Experiences I Had En Route to my Antarctic Fly/Cruise Adventure

Guest post by Paul Schuster As a Polar Travel Adviser, I was incredibly excited to be amongst the first to experience a Fly/Cruise Antarctic expedition. It was something entirely new to me, even though I’d been on a traditional polar cruise with Quark Expeditions®. The idea of not having to cross the Drake Passage is what first sold me on the concept. I’m …

5 Completely Irrational Fears I Conquered to Book My Antarctic Adventure

Guest post by Richard Thomas It’s true. As excited as I am to embark on Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent on 9 Dec 2016, I almost didn’t book the trip. When my colleague Miranda Miller suggested it back in August, my first inclination was to say no. OK, that’s not completely true. I laughed, and then I said no. It…

5 Spooky Antarctic Research Stations & Abandoned Military Bases

When first setting foot on the vast continent of Antarctica, you might believe for a moment that you’ve landed on another planet. Looking out over pristine ice cover and massive glaciers contrasted with the stark gray of snow-peaked mountains, you may even feel like you’re having an entirely other-worldly experience. In fact, in some areas, you just might have a paranormal experience. Even though the Antarctic Treaty limits the types of activities that can take place on the continent (at …

5 Ways Antarctic & Arctic Expedition Travel is Good for the Soul

One of the great benefits of traveling is the good it does your soul, since we’re rarely as present as when we travel. Taking a break from your everyday routine (which is often dominated by what has happened or what may happen next) forces you to slow down and take pause. When we’re feeling stressed out and exhausted, it’s our soul that needs a rest. What does that actually mean? Everything about us that’s not physical. Leaving behind our daily stresses for the austere beauty of…

Traveling with Kids: Antarctic Cruise Q&A

Earlier this year, Hans Lagerweij and wife Isabelle took their young son, Kevin, and daughter, Aimee, on an Antarctic cruise with Quark Expeditions®. A former president of Quark, Hans is now the Portfolio Managing Director Adventure, TUI Group. In Part 3 of our Traveling with Kids series, Hans answers a few of the more frequently asked questions our Polar Travel Advisers hear from families planning a polar expedition. Are Antarctic cruises appropriate for kids? An expedition cruise is a perfect family trip. …