Saturday, September 19, 2015

Antarctica with Quark Expeditions By Dave and Deb

January is the perfect time of year to visit Antarctica. We started our expedition on January 30 and it turned out to be the most incredible time to visit the continent. Newly hatched penguins had now grown to adolescence. They developed the most curious nature by the time they had grown a bit. When we’d land on the shore after a good day of kayaking or exploring on the zodiacs, young penguins would waddle over to see what we were up to.
antarctica chinstrap penguin photo
Chinstrap Penguins, named so because of their obvious chinstrap pattern on their face
penguin in Antarctica
An adolescent penguin comes over to say hello
The wildlife of Antarctica was outstanding with whales breaching, seals sleeping, birds flying, and penguins playing right before our eyes. But it was the landscape of Antarctica that truly took our breaths away. Dave has been going through photos from years past putting together photography compilations of our travels. Many of his stunning photos had never seen the light of day due to catching flights and moving onto the next location. He has become adept at going through images quickly, choosing the best, sharing them with our readers and moving on.
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Beautiful layers of blue ice in the icebergs
But on a closer look, we realized that he was missing many of the best of the best. Well, no longer. The best images have yet to come. You’ll be seeing a lot more of these amazing photo stories from Dave in the coming weeks, right here every monday. And today enjoy!

Antarctica in Photos

Antarctica Icebergs
Beautiful Antarctica Ice and skies
Continent of Antarctica
A penguin looks back over the shore of the continent

whale breaching Antarctica
A Beautiful whale breach: This whale stayed with our ship for 45 minutes!

Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

Quark expeditions is currently offering huge savings to Antarctica and the Arctic. From now until Sept. 30 you can save up to $7948 per person on select voyages to Antarctica, and 15% – 25% on select cabins during the Arctic early bird sale. Find out about all the savings at our exclusive landing page.  We’ve visited both Antarctica and the Arctic with Quark and both expeditions have been trips of a lifetime for us. It’s now time to create your own once in a lifetime moment.
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Visit Quark Expeditions for great savings on Antarctica and Arctic Voyages
whale fluke in Antactica
A whale shows off his tail in this amazing whale fluke capture

Antarctica Ice

icebergs reflection
Iceberg reflections in the still water
Ice formations Antarctica
Ice, Ice and more Ice

Old Whaling Stations

Deception island antarctica oil drums
Old oil drums on abandoned whaling station
Old abandoned whaling stations can be visited when taking an expedition to Antarctica. This is a ruin on Deception Island. Back in the day it was a large whaling station where they slaughtered whales for their oil.
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Crumbled building on Deception Island


camping antarctica
We even camped on the continent of Antarctica
zodiac behind iceberg in Antarctica
Each day we’d leave the ship to go out and explore by zodiac
kayaking antarctica
Our guide, Solen Kayaking around an iceberg
We spent several days kayaking in Antarctica. It was the most serene and peaceful thing we’ve ever done. There was nothing but the sound of ice crackling and our paddles dipping into the cold water. We could move silently as to not disturb wildlife and we came very close to seals sleeping on floating ice, penguins jumping and we even had a whale breach right behind our group of 12 paddlers.


Seal sleeping in Antarctica
Seal basking in the sun
Weddell seal
this guy looks so content!

Can’t get enough of penguins

The Penguin highway in Antarctica.
The Penguin highway in Antarctica.
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A penguin checks out his own reflection
Let us be honest with you. Penguins smell. When you land on shore to observe a colony, the stench immediately hits you. It’s a mixture of fish and feces. However, they are so darn cute that soon your nose gets used to the smell and you could sit for hours watching them. We saw a lot of penguins in Antarctica, but each viewing was as exciting, cute and fascinating as the first.
mother and baby penguin Antarctica
We never tire of penguins in Antarctica
When visiting the continent  you are not allowed to approach penguins closer than 5 meters. But, if you stand or sit very still, they may approach you and that is completely allowed!
Penguins baby and mother
A whole lotta penguin love going on

Stunning Beauty

sunrise antarctica
A glorious way to start the day
antarctica iceberg
Brash Ice leads out from an Iceberg
Antarctica mountains
Snowcapped mountains of Antarctica’s mainland in the distance
British Base Antarctica
A stop at the British Base is a must. You can do some shopping and send a postcard home!
whale bones antarctica
Whale bones pieced together to make a full whale carcass. It’s huge!
Whale bones on Antarctica Shore
Whale bones are common to see when walking on beach shores at abandoned whaling stations.
The tranquil scenery of Antarctica
The tranquil scenery of Antarctica
Paddling the calm waters of Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Paddling the calm waters of Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Icicles form on a giant Iceberg in Antarctica
Icicles form on a giant Iceberg in Antarctica
Our travels to Antarctica were courtesy of Quark Expeditions. The leader in Polar adventures.

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