For 25 years, Quark Expeditions has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel. With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels, unique land-based adventures and seasoned expedition leaders, it offer travellers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth: the Arctic and Antarctica.
Since 1991, Quark Expeditions has specialized in expedition cruising to the Arctic and Antarctica, in ships with ice-strengthened hulls or in icebreakers. Polar travellers will enjoy unparalleled technical expertise, leadership and passion for expedition trips to the Arctic and Antarctica.
The first voyage - The Transpolar Bridge Cruise - began July 27, 1991, in Murmansk, Russia. The ship was the nuclear powered icebreaker Sovetskiy Soyuz, an older sister of 50 Years of Victory. She sailed across the top of the world via Franz Josef Land, the North Pole, the New Siberian Islands, the Wrangel Island area and the Chukotka Peninsula.
Quark Expeditions have the largest and most diverse fleet of adventure ships in the Antarctic and Arctic. Travellers choose from more departures and a greater variety of itineraries than is available anywhere else. Within the fleet is the only nuclear-powered icebreaker - 50 Years of Victory - sailing to the North Pole. Every ship is equipped with Zodiacs - inflatable landing craft - for shore transfers and ocean-level cruising.
The 2020 season features two new Russian expeditions, which sail through remote and seldom-visited archipelagos, including Severnaya Zemlya. Explore new frontiers aboard the sleek World Explorer, a new purpose-built expedition ship that boasts a distinctive all-suites, all-balcony, contemporary experience designed for premium comfort. This season’s itineraries focus on four Arctic regions—the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Russia—allowing you to concentrate specifically on one awe-inspiring region or to explore as much of the Arctic wilderness as you want on a Once-in-a-Lifetime 70-Day voyage.