Quark Expeditions 2013 Arctic Voyages include new In-depth Greenland Expedition and addition of luxury vessel to Arctic Fleet
- Category: Cruise
- Created on Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:06
Quark Expeditions 2013 Arctic Voyages include new In-depth Greenland Expedition and addition of luxury vessel to Arctic FleetQuark Expeditions have announced the company’s Arctic 2013 season, featuring icebreaker adventures to the North Pole and luxury ship expeditions to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.
Many of the Arctic region favorites are coming back for the 2013 season. Two North Pole voyages departing June 19 and June 30, as well as the “Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen” trip named as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2011 are highlights of the season.
New to the Arctic 2013 season is the “Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords” expedition, which follows the dramatic coast of the world’s largest island, Greenland. Passengers will visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Illusiat Ice Fjord, one of the largest and fastest moving glaciers. It travels approximately 100 feet per day while dropping huge icebergs into its narrow coastal inlets. Explorers will also encounter indigenous Greenlandic communities as well as the rich animal life surrounding this beautiful country, including many varieties of seals, whales, dolphins, polar bears and sea birds. The journey takes passengers to two of the world’s most Northern capitals, beginning in Ottawa, Canada and ending in Reykjavik, Iceland – with the reverse itinerary also available.
Quark Expeditions is also offering two 8-day family-friendly departures to Spitsbergen leaving Longyearben on 6 June and 28 July 2013. The “Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari” voyages will offer special programming for those travelling with youths aged 12-17, as well as the traditional passenger programs.
For the first time in 2013, Arctic passengers will be able to travel aboard Quark’s luxury all-suites adventure ship, the Sea Spirit, on any of the Spitsbergen, Greenland or Iceland itineraries. Sea Spirit, previously used exclusively in Quark’s Antarctic season, boasts larger “suite-sized” cabins, in addition to private facilities and exterior views in every cabin.
No Arctic season would be complete without the 50 Years of Victory, a Russian scientific ship that will be used to chart the path to 90°N, making its way through the ice to the North Pole. Victory is the most powerful icebreaker on Earth and has her own helicopter onboard to help travelers view the northernmost part of the world from every majestic angle. Quark is one of only two operators in the world who take travelers to the North Pole, and has been doing it for 22 years.