Quark Expeditions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Quark Expeditions
HeadquartersSeattle, United States
Key people
Andrew White, CEO
  • Polar Expeditions
  • Polar Cruises
  • Adventure Travel
  • North Pole Travel
  • Passenger Transportation

Quark Expeditions is an expedition travel company. The company offers Polar Region expeditions aboard purpose-built expedition ships and icebreakers and land-based trips.


Quark Expeditions was founded in 1991 by Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, specializing in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic aboard purpose-built expedition vessels. In 1998, Lars Wikander became the majority owner of the company. Three years later Lars became Chairman of the Board, when Patrick Shaw joined the company as President and Chief Executive Officer.

On May 2007, Quark Expeditions became part of the UK-based TUI Travel PLC Group of Companies subsquently in 2016 it became part of Travelopia, a division comprising some brands from the former TUI Specialist Group.

The company has mounted an expedition involving internet personalities and YouTube creators including Ben Brown and Tim Kellner led by retired Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield on an arctic expedition.[1]

Quark Expeditions summer 2019 program in the Arctic will include sailings to Greenland, Canada's High Arctic, the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The company will offer various themed cruises and excursions.[2]

Polar Fleet & Land Expeditions[edit]

Quark Expeditions ship - "Sea Adventurer", weighs anchor to depart from Griffin Inlet, Beechey Island, Nunavut in the Canadian High Arctic.

Quark travel offers both cruise and land-based adventures. The company has the largest and most diverse fleet of passenger vessels in the Antarctic. Expeditions are offered on the following ships:


50 Years of Victory

Kapitan Khlebnikov


Island Sky

• 'Ocean Diamond

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Nova

Sea Adventurer, Sea Adventurer 2017, and Ocean Adventurer

Hans Hansson

Sustainability & Charitable Initiatives[edit]

Quark Expeditions is a long-time, active member of IAATO and AECO, and promotes various sustainability initiatives. In 2012 Ocean Diamond made a carbon neutral voyage to Antarctica[3]


Quark has received a number of industry awards including some from Travelweekly and National Geographic.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ "This 7-Minute Video Will Make You Drop Everything And Visit The Arctic". Forbes. 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  2. ^ Staff, CIN (2018-02-04). "Quark Expeditions Announces Arctic Program for Summer 2019". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ http://www.adventuretravelnews.com/quark-expeditions-offers-first-carbon-neutral-voyages-in-polar-travel-history
  4. ^ http://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-worlds-leading-polar-expedition-operator-2013
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.travelweeklyawards.com/winners/list/?l=&pageNum_winners=1&totalRows_winners=63&event=6&category=1&award=S
  7. ^ http://www.travelweeklyawards.com/winners/list/?event=6&category=8&award=S
  8. ^ http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/planatrip/inspire-me/lists/50-best-trips-for-2013?page=all
  9. ^ http://www.travelweeklyawards.com/winners/list/?event=5&category=8&award=S
  10. ^ http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours/europe-tours-2011/
  11. ^ http://traveler.nationalgeographic.com/2007/10/tours-of-a-lifetime-text
  12. ^ http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/europe/iceland/123404008.html

External links[edit]