During this time of reflection while we all remain local, it may be time to update your bucket list. One of our recommendations would be a polar expedition with Quark Expeditions.

Quark is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. They have been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years and offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth aboard a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels and icebreakers.

Departures will resume in November, and Quark has a variety of itineraries to choose from. The classic Antarctic Explorer voyage is 11 days in the Antarctic Peninsula where you will conquer the famed Drake Passage and explore majestic natural environments by zodiac and on foot. You will get the chance to interact with penguins, whales, and other wildlife. On this journey, you will be joined by polar experts to talk about the history, biology, and glaciology of the 7th Continent.

If you prefer polar bears to penguins, perhaps the Spitsbergen Explorer should be added to your list instead. This extraordinary 7-day journey departs in May of 2021 and is essential for the wildlife enthusiast. On this adventure you will cruise along the west coast of Spitsbergen, walking in the footsteps of explorers from over 100 years ago. Travel to a rocky island which has a thriving and diverse ecosystem due to its towering cliffs, fjords, enormous mountains, and glaciers. The main purpose of this trip is wildlife and you will have maximum opportunity to spot an array of Arctic birds, walrus, and polar bears.

As we are all looking toward future travel options, keep Quark and these cruises on your radar. They are the perfect way to see some very remote locations. Contact Esplanade to book your Quark trip today!

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