To a select breed of adventurer—one with an insatiable longing to see lands unexplored, and for whom the phrase “off grid” instills no trepidation—the ancient, primal Arctic calls.
Distinctive culture, astonishing wildlife, and the epitome of explorers’ spirit converge in the Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Today, Quark Expeditions has mastered the formula for exploring this part of the world. The company, an AFAR Travelers’ Choice Award-winner in the category of most unique itinerary, operates a series of guided trips to the Baffin Bay region and Somerset Island, two areas boasting some of the most impressive scenery the Arctic has to offer.
Quark Expeditions has been bringing explorers to the polar regions for 27 years via land excursions and expedition cruises, and the team is well-versed in what makes a journey to this isolated part of the globe successful. With its knowledgeable staff, state-of-the-art vessels, and the savviness that comes with decades of experience, Quark Expeditions offers a truly authentic way to see seldom-visited destinations.
Here’s what to anticipate when you travel to the Canadian Arctic/Northwest Passage on a Quark Expeditions voyage.
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When to go and what you should expect
Late August and September is the ideal time of year to visit Baffin Island—during these months, less ice chokes the waterways and it’s easier to reach remote areas. Quark Expeditions features a variety of ways to look for iconic wildlife like arctic fox and hare, muskox, and even polar bears, as well as some world-class whale-watching.
Whatever your taste for adventure, Quark Expeditions provides an opportunity to satiate your palate: Kayak, paddleboard, or take a Zodiac cruise to acquaint yourself with spectacular Arctic icebergs; leap into the glacial waters during a polar plunge; hone your wildlife photography skills while hiking; or visit Inuit communities to experience their unique culture and art in an immersive context.
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An “off-grid” experience
This part of the Arctic presents a way to digitally detox for a couple of weeks—if you so choose—as you take in some of the world’s rawest and most rugged scenery. You won’t miss the ding of your e-mail notifications when you’re watching whales breach or serenely maneuvering a kayak through iceberg-laden labyrinths. (Of course, you can connect on board if you want.)
Instead of digital encyclopedias or search engines, a journey with Quark Expeditions allows for a personalized, intimate educational environment. Learn the intriguing history of the Northwest Passage as Quark Expeditions’ expert crew members regale you with tales about the explorers who first attempted the journey to this part of the world. Along the journey, pay tribute to the legendary Sir John Franklin and his crew—the disappearance of whom remains one of the most prevailing mysteries of the Arctic’s beguiling waters.
For the adventurous of heart, the Arctic is a must-see destination. Learn how you can be one of the few to gain access to this enthralling and idyllic place by visiting Quark Expeditions today.