Let's face it. Sometimes, thinking of where to take a vacation comes with more options than you can process. Do you want to go to the beach or the mountains? Somewhere remote or filled with urban features? A hotel or AirBnB? Kid friendly or adults only? Somewhere to relax or somewhere to get the adrenaline flowing?
If you're lucky enough to be planning a vacation this year, you already know exactly how many things you have to figure out before you can get on with the fun part, and sometimes that sucks the fun right out of it.
For your consideration, we present one option that may not have crossed your radar yet - but totally should. Try a polar excursion with Quark Expeditions. Travel to the ends of the Earth and explore some of the last remaining wildernesses that are so breathtaking that they're almost alien?
We just narrowed it down a whole lot, didn't we? Here's what you get to choose from with Quark Expeditions.
If your eyes are trained north and it's the Arctic Circle striking your fancy, Quark Expeditions has multiple options from you to choose from.
Adventurers can explore:
- Spitsbergen: departing from Oslo, Norway or Helsinki, Finland. Trip options include a variety of approaches and travel lengths, whether your focus is on the wildlife or the wilderness itself.
- Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland: A two-week journey departing from Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Greenland by sea, air or land.
- Artic Express Canada: The Northwest Passage.
- Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen: a terrific trio in one.
- A search for polar bears
- Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland: an 18-day adventure with all the best the region has to offer.
- Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya
- North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure.
- a statement from Thomas Lennartz, Vice-President of Sales for Quark Expeditions
Camping overnight in the Polar Regions has long captured the imaginations of our guests. We launched our first camping options in Antarctica, where guests could bed down for the night while gazing up at the indigo glow of an Antarctic night. Antarctic Camping has been such a huge success that we're launching this season a new option for camping enthusiasts in the Arctic: the Greenland Camp Experience along the Tasermiut Fjord in South Greenland.
Guests can choose their mode of transportation based on the expeditions offered, including by foot, by icebreaker or by plane - and trips run from the short to the wonderfully lengthy.
Arctic expeditions start at around $7K and upward.
Quark first brought the first commercial expedition guests to the North Pole in 1991, and has been a trusted name in polar exploration ever since.
But it's not just Santa's backyard that you can explore with Quark.
Antarctic destination expeditions include:
- A penguin safari: need we say more? Honestly.
- The Drake Passage: fly through the famous Drake Passage and retrace the path of great Antarctic exploration
- Explore the continent on foot, by sea or by plane
- Cross the Antarctic Circle
- Essential Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Torres del Paine. One of the truly wild travel destinations on the planet, Patagonia is a land of extremes - and extreme beauty
- Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings
- Legendary Snow Hill: March to the Emperor Penguins. Again, this one writes its own "must see" argument
- Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia.
Plus more. Antarctic expeditions start at around $8K and up.
Both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions offer a wide variety of choices to customize your adventure, and can bring you somewhere few people are lucky enough to see with their own eyes.
Why Explore the Poles?
They may not be top on many people's travel lists, but there are some good reasons as to why a polar excursion should be on your bucket list.
For one: it's a fleeting beauty. With climate change heating up the planet, the breathtaking ice floes and glaciers may soon be a memory, so when we say it's a "once in a lifetime" opportunity it may be just that for everyone.
In addition, even though you might not think of it, the polar regions are breathtakingly beautiful. In the Arctic Circle, lichen fields, wildlife and soaring mountains make it a singular destination that has inspired poets, dreamers and explorers. In the Antarctic, windswept plains, jagged cliffs and hardy native animals make it a fascinating place to explore.
While traveling to one pole or the other may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's the kind of vacation that makes you very interesting - and fills you with memories we may all someday envy of a vanishing ecosystem.