(TRAVPR.COM) QUARK EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES 2013 ARCTIC VOYAGES

Thirteeen Departures Include New In-depth Greenland Expedition and Addition of Luxury Vessel to Arctic Fleet

(TRAVPR.COM) USA - April 18th, 2012 - [Waterbury, VT] – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventure, is pleased to announce the company’s Arctic 2013 season, featuring icebreaker adventures to the North Pole and luxury ship expeditions to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.

Many of the Arctic region favorites are coming back for the 2013 season. Two North Pole voyages departing June 19 and June 30, as well as the “Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen” trip named as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2011 are highlights of the season.

New Expedition Added
New to the Arctic 2013 season is the “Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords” expedition, which follows the dramatic coast of the world’s largest island, Greenland. Passengers will visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Illusiat Ice Fjord, one of the largest and fastest moving glaciers. It travels approximately 100 feet per day while dropping huge icebergs into its narrow coastal inlets. Explorers will also encounter indigenous Greenlandic communities as well as the rich animal life surrounding this beautiful country, including many varieties of seals, whales, dolphins, polar bears and sea birds. The journey takes passengers to two of the world’s most Northern capitals, beginning in Ottawa, Canada and ending in Reykjavik, Iceland – with the reverse itinerary also available.

Quark Expeditions is also offering two 8-day family-friendly departures to Spitsbergen leaving Longyearben on 6 June and 28 July 2013. The “Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari” voyages will offer special programming for those travelling with youths aged 12-17, as well as the traditional passenger programs.

Ships
For the first time in 2013, Arctic passengers will be able to travel aboard Quark’s luxury all-suites adventure ship, the Sea Spirit, on any of the Spitsbergen, Greenland or Iceland itineraries. Sea Spirit, previously used exclusively in Quark’s Antarctic season, boasts larger “suite-sized” cabins, in addition to private facilities and exterior views in every cabin.

No Arctic season would be complete without the 50 Years of Victory, a Russian scientific ship that will be used to chart the path to 90°N, making its way through the ice to the North Pole. Victory is the most powerful icebreaker on Earth and has her own helicopter onboard to help travelers view the northernmost part of the world from every majestic angle. Quark is one of only two operators in the world who take travelers to the North Pole, and has been doing it for 22 years.

All departures on both these magnificent vessels are all-inclusive.

How to Book
As an early booking incentive, travelers who reserve by 30 June 2012 will receive a free flight, hotel and transfers from Helsinki to Murmansk (a $1,690 value) on one of two North Pole voyages in 2013. In addition, The Sea Spirit offers a 20%* discount on all 11 departures of the six Arctic 2013 itineraries when passengers book by 30 June 2012. This is also the first time that Quark is offering a lowest price guarantee** – no other promotion this season will provide as much savings on a trip to the Arctic.

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari – 8 & 9 days from $3,995
Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic – 11 days from $4,995
Spitsbergen Circumnavigation: Big Island, Big Adventure – 13 days from $6,495
Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen – 14 days from $6,995
Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords – 14 and 15 days from $6,495
East Greenland: Northern Lights – 14 days from $6,495
North Pole – 14 days from $23,995

For more information contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 888-892-0171 or visit www.quarkexpeditions.com.

*20% discount not applicable on North Pole voyages. **Some conditions apply.

About Quark Expeditions
For over 20 years, Quark Expeditions has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel.
With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels and seasoned expedition leaders, they offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth. In 2011, Quark was named a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for their “Three Arctic Islands” voyage.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:      
Contact Name:     Kelsey Tomascheski - Quark Expeditions
Phone #:     206-753-0041
Email:     kelsey@tuinas.com
Web:     http://www.QuarkExpeditions.com