Polar Expeditions to the Far North
Experience the Arctic
A journey to the Arctic is, for most of us, the adventure of a lifetime. In the planning stages, it's a prospect you research at length and consider from every angle, aiming to experience the remote beauty of the polar regions at their very best. You expect shore excursions in spectacular landscapes and opportunities to see remarkable wildlife. And above all, you want to travel with a team of seasoned professionals in the realm of polar exploration.
At Adventure Associates, we understand those aspirations, because they define our company. Since our first journey over 33 years ago, we have led the way in adventure travel, making these wild regions accessible to intrepid travellers who previously could only dream of setting foot there. We are especially proud to offer these amazing icebreaker expeditions by the pioneers in polar icebreaker travel, Quark Expeditions, who are known for many Arctic-travel milestones: the first North Pole expedition by icebreaker for adventure travellers, the first transpolar voyage, the first crossing of Russia's Northeast Passage and the first Arctic circumnavigation - not to mention, at the other end of the globe, the first passenger circumnavigation of Antarctica and the first voyage to the Weddell Sea.
Since the 1990's we have pioneered the use of icebreakers to carry travellers deep into the Arctic in safety and comfort. Bringing together international specialists on everything from polar exploration to Arctic birds and marine life, we provide the context and hands-on leadership you need to fully appreciate the Far North. Whether you're exploring a remote shore where no one may have walked before, sighting a whale from a Zodiac or watching your powerful ship plow through pack ice under the midnight sun, you'll discover the High Arctic not as a passing vista, but as an immediate, vital, constantly changing environment - a place where the indescribable mystery of raw nature can still be experienced firsthand.
Throughout this website you'll find details of five extraordinary adventures in northern Russia, Canada and Greenland, along with one-of-a-kind voyages to the North Pole. As we continue to develop innovative expeditions to the world's last unexplored corners, we hope you'll join us for one of these unique Arctic experiences.
Photographic tips for Polar travel
Whilst in Antarctica and the Arctic there will be many opportunities for photographing the stunning scenery and the incredible abundance of wildlife. To help you get the best out of your photographs, we suggest the following:
• Check that your camera is working well, before you leave home.
• If you are using a digital camera bring plenty of memory cards.
• If using a film based camera we recommend using 50 ASA or 100 ASA for slides and 100 ASA or 200 ASA for prints in Antarctica (100 for very bright days when the sun reflects off the snow harshly, and 200/400 for overcast days)
• Bring twice the amount of film you think you will be using.
• If your camera uses batteries, don’t forget to take spares with you, since cold temperatures reduce their life span considerably.
• It is best to have two cameras and lenses from 28 mm to 200 mm telephoto, or, if you have one, a 500 mm lens for close ups.
• Good lenses are: 20-35 mm, 35-70 mm, and 80-200 mm.
• Don’t forget a wide-angle lens to capture the real expanse of this unique continent.
• The use of a polarising filter is not recommended. It takes the sparkle away from the ice and snow, which is what brings it to life. Also a polariser tends to make the skies too dark.
· If you are serious about getting excellent shots, a tripod gives you more potential but it certainly is not mandatory.
Always respect the MINIMUM DISTANCE of 5 METERS, and get close only via a zoom lens. Telephoto is the best way to capture wildlife.
· When photographing, do not approach wildlife to the point where it becomes frightened, or in ways that causes them to alter their behaviour.
• Be aware that polar conditions can be very harsh on camera equipment. Carry plenty of protection for your camera against salt spray, snow, or rain. Please bring sealable cases, waterproof day packs or ‘dry bags’ but DO NOT bring lightweight plastic or rubbish bags as these can be easily blown away and are contrary to our environmental obligation.
• Please be aware of other passengers who may wish to capture the same shot as you.
And most importantly…
… forget your camera from time to time and just enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife!