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Quark Expeditions

Founded by two intrepid adventurers, Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, in 1991, Quark has grown over 25 years into an expert polar specialist, taking curious travellers way beyond the realms of the everyday, to the last unspoiled places on earth.

Specialising in polar expedition travel, Quark has an innovative outlook which has resulted in a number of exciting ‘firsts’ in polar explorations for travellers from around the globe. They have a passion for polar travel, and for ensuring everyone they take to these far flung frontiers enjoys the trip of a lifetime.

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Why Quark Expeditions

Quark is notable for innovation, with some magnificent firsts over its long history including the first-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage, the first non-scientific visits to emperor penguin rookeries, the first circumnavigation of Antarctica for commercial passengers, the first circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean, the maiden voyage on nuclear icebreaker 50 Years of Victory to the North Pole, and the first-ever CarbonNeutral® voyages to Antarctica aboard Ocean Diamond.

They are well connected and respected, and as a result are able to put together some of the most competent teams of lecturers and guides in the business. In February 2013, for example, they hosted Jonathan Shackleton (Ernest Shackleton's cousin) and Falcon Scott (Robert Falcon Scott's grandson) on the 7th Continent.

More recently they have introduced two exciting land based adventures, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge (a week on Somerset Island in Nunavut, a world class beluga whale observation site); and the North Pole Express: Barneo Fly-In Ice Camp (with two days at the temporary fly-in camp at an astonishing 89° north). They also offer The Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise the Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands voyage, which enables poor sailors to avoid the journey across the notoriously lumpy Drakes Passage.

Quark offer a mixture of their own ships and also those that they charter in order to build an excellent portfolio of trips. It means they can offer varying levels of comfort appropriate to your tastes, with a seasoned veteran expedition team with a range of expertise including marine biology, history, geology and more.


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Call us on 020 7399 7630 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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