North Pole ( 50 Years of Victory ) 2016 - 2017 Trip Notes

North Pole ( 50 Years of Victory ) 2016 - 2017

Last Modified: 03 May 2016
North Pole ( 50 Years of Victory ) 2016 - 2017
Trip code: WQMN
Validity: 15 Jun 2016 to 13 Aug 2017
If there’s one place you can really feel on top of the world, the North Pole is it. Few people ever have the surreal experience of seeing the world from its northernmost point. This is one trip with a distinct goal, and the feeling of accomplishing such a rare feat is a huge rush. Witness slow-moving ice, silent, white landscapes and marvel at the heroism of those who came before you. It’s a tough voyage, but your transport is well equipped for the mission – 50 Years of Victory is the most powerful icebreaker ship in the world. Be awed as the mighty vessel crushes through ice three m thick, paving your way through the most northern reaches of the Arctic Ocean. And when it’s time to head back home, wind down with a visit to Franz Joseph Land, where a bounty of wildlife and striking natural scenery awaits.
Table of Contents
StyleGroup sizeEmergency contact
ThemesYour fellow travellersVisas
Is this trip right for you?AccommodationWhat to take
Why we love itMeals introductionCommunications
MapMealsHealth
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Physical ratingSafetyThe Intrepid Foundation
Included activitiesJoining pointFeedback
Important notesFinish point
Style
Comfort
Themes
Polar, Sailing, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
- Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
- The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
- This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
- Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.
Why we love it
- Feel on Top of the World and literally stand on it – reach the pinnacle of Arctic endeavours and the Earth with an expedition to 90 degrees North
- Climb aboard a ship that can go where others cannot – crush through metres of ice on the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker, ‘50 Years of Victory’
- Float high above the Pole on a unique, optional sightseeing hot air balloon ride
- Cruise in Zodiacs to explore remote seabird colonies, seldom-visited landing sites, and to discover historic remains from three ill-fated arctic expeditions
- Discover the Arctic Circle’s wildlife and wildflowers on Franz Josef Land
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Helsinki
Your adventure begins with one-night in magical Helsinki, Finland's capital. Staying up to the wee hours is easy in here, as daylight fades to twilight for only a few hours during summer.

No arrival transfer included.
Included Activities
  • Activity
    Day 2 Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia
    From Helsinki, you’ll join your fellow passengers on the charter flight that will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on your voyage to the North Pole and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker.
    Included Activities
    • Activity
      Accommodation
      Cruise ship (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 dinner
      Day 3-6 Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
      Being on board Victory and feeling the icebreaker as it crushes through the Arctic pack-ice is an experience you’ll never forget. Just as memorable is boarding the ship’s helicopter for a thrilling aerial view over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean. You can expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from four to six days depending on ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates, be treated to lectures and discussions by our expedition team while keeping a lookout for bird life. There are also many wonderful amenities to take advantage of on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.
      Included Activities
      • Activity
        Accommodation
        Cruise ship (4 nt)
        Meals
        4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
        Day 7 The North Pole - 90° North
        All the anticipation reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travellers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, call your family, wave a flag; just be sure to enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you also have the option of taking a Polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate
        this great moment (highly weather dependent).
        Included Activities
        • Activity
          Accommodation
          Cruise ship (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 8 Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
          On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
          Included Activities
          • Activity
            Accommodation
            Cruise ship (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 9-10 Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean
            This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, we’ll launch the Zodiacs and cruise beneath towering cliffs to allow you to explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter again will provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs will be used to transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.

            POSSIBLE LANDING SITES IN FRANZ JOSEF LAND

            ALEXANDER LAND
            World War II history, with the remains of Germany’s Schatsgräber station found here. There is also a large air landing strip and the frontier Russian station Nagurskaya, which was abandoned in 1996.

            ALGER ISLAND
            Relics from the turn of the 20th century are found along the shores of Alger Island. A number of expeditions, including the Baldwin-Ziegler expedition of 1901-02 and the Fiala-Ziegler expedition of 1903-05 set up bases here. Remains of their huts and time here are found at Camp Ziegler and West Camp Ziegler. At the center of the island is the impressive Mount Richthofen (0.25 miles, 404 m). Nearby Matilda Island also offers insights into life here more than 100 years ago.
            APOLLONOV ISLAND
            This small island has a ridge that may provide a vantage point for viewing a walrus rookery, known to haul-out on the island. Zodiac cruising for watching walrus from a distance is also a possibility.

            BELL ISLAND
            In 1881 Benjamin Leigh-Smith’s expedition built a hut
            here, but never had the opportunity to use it as their ship wrecked off the coast. The hut is in supreme condition, and has a number of interesting inscriptions on its interior walls. An old Russian isba (wood structure) is also found here, which may even pre-date the official 1873 discovery of
            Franz Josef Land.

            CALM BAY, HOOKER ISLAND
            Sporadically in use today, this is the site of the first ever polar station in the archipelago, built in 1929. Memorials to Georgiy Sedov’s wintering in 1913-14 are built here and the remains of a glaciologist hut can also be seen.

            CAMBRIDGE STRAIT
            This is a well-known area for spotting polar bears. This is
            a popular hunting ground for them as seals also frequent
            the area.

            CAPE FLIGLEY, RUDOLF ISLAND
            The most northern point of the archipelago is marked with a copper plaque and memorial cross. This is also the most northern part of Europe, reaching further north than Spitsbergen. The island is almost entirely ice-covered and temperatures only rise above freezing for a few shorts weeks each summer.

            CAPE FLORA, NORTHBROOK ISLAND
            More than half a dozen expeditions passed through here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - among them was the ‘1000 Days in the Arctic’ expedition of Jackson-Harmsworth. Many buildings from the time are in ruins or have fallen into the sea, but some remain. Memorials and crosses have been erected in more recent years in memory of the survivors and victims of those early expeditions.

            CAPE FORBE, GRANT LAND
            Of interesting note is a Norwegian hut from the 1930’s, which was used for walrus hunting.

            CAPE HELLER, WILCZEK LAND
            Historically significant markers can be found here, including the remains of a stone hut used by two men from the 1898-99 Walter Wellman expedition. There is a grave site and large memorial post in honor of the one member who died here just after New Year’s in 1899.

            CAPE NORWAY, JACKSON ISLAND
            Sometimes unreachable, even to icebreakers, weather is always a factor at this northern part of the archipelago. A variety of arctic flora is found in this area, making it particularly interesting for botanists. This is also the location where Fridtjof Nansen and Frederick Jackson stayed during the 1895-96 winter and the remains of their stone hut can
            be visited.

            CAPE TEGETTHOF, HALL ISLAND
            Impressive tall cliffs are home to large numbers of seabirds, while the ruins of the Walter Wellman 1898-99 expedition are also found. With a diverse landscape the island is great for exploring on foot, provided that polar bears aren’t in the vicinity.

            CHAMP ISLAND
            Wildflowers of the tundra are a common sight, giving a bit of color to an often bleak landscape. Of particular interest are the mysteriously perfectly-rounded rocks scattered on parts of the island. They are up to 2m in diameter and have been nicknamed ‘Devil’s Marbles.’

            GRAHAM BELL ISLAND
            One of two islands in the archipelago named after Alexander Graham Bell. Cape Kohlsaat on the eastern edge of the island is the most eastern point of the archipelago. Until 1995 there was a large military base in use and the island is still subject to military restrictions.

            GREELEY ISLAND
            The Fiala-Ziegler expedition of 1903-05 left behind a large depot, named Kane Lodge. It is one of the more impressive depots from this, and other expeditions found in the archipelago.

            HAYS ISLAND
            For 40 years the geophysical observatory known as Krenkel operated here, complete with a launching ramp for sending rockets into the upper atmosphere. The station re-opened in 2004 with much smaller operations, thus a large part remains unused. Research and modern-life in the Arctic are portrayed well here, with a great sampling of abandoned items, including aircraft. The island also has a natural attraction, featuring a scenic ice dome and interesting basalt formations.

            NEGRI FJORD
            This is a scenic and narrow waterway that lies between MacKlintok Island and Hall Island towards the southern reaches of Franz Josef Land.

            RUBINI ROCK, HOOKER ISLAND
            Considered by many to be home to the most impressive bird cliffs anywhere in Franz Josef Land. The cliffs are home to a bounty of seabirds and because of deep waters, ships are able to get up close to the edge of the cliffs for great views. Most of the shores are dominated by glacier fronts, while a large part of the island is ice-covered.

            SALISBURY ISLAND
            A number of narrow channels and varying landscapes are found near Salisbury Island, which is close to Champ, Ziegler and Wiener-Neustadt Islands. This makes it an ideal place for helicopter exploration and scenic flights. It is relatively difficult to land along the coast of the archipelago’s sixth largest island, so admire from afar.

            TEPLITZ BAY, RUDOLF ISLAND
            With a long history of arctic exploration this bay was first explored during Julius Payer’s 1874 expedition. Once a base for long-distance arctic flights, the bay is also home to an abandoned polar station. Ships have sunk in these icy waters; a wrecked aircraft lies on the icecap and monuments and graves pay homage to the early explorers who died here. For wildlife, both narwhal and beluga whales have been seen in these waters.

            VICTORIA ISLAND
            The westernmost island of the archipelago, this very small island is actually geographically closer to Svalbard than Franz Josef Land. The icecap here reaches almost 100m thick and is an impressive sight from a distance. Walrus, polar bears and ivory gulls are most commonly spotted, with the island being a large breeding ground for the gulls.


            WILCZEK ISLAND
            The Austro-Hungarian Tegetthof expedition left their mark here after being trapped in ice in 1872. Sites include a grave of one of their team members, located high up on a ridge. The island is half ice-covered and is among the most southerly islands of the archipelago.
            Included Activities
            • Activity
              Accommodation
              Cruise ship (2 nt)
              Meals
              2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
              Day 11-12 Southbound at Sea
              Enjoy your time out on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.
              Included Activities
              • Activity
                Accommodation
                Cruise ship (2 nt)
                Meals
                2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
                Day 13 Disembarkation in Murmansk
                Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.
                Included Activities
                • Activity
                  Accommodation
                  Cruise ship (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 14 Helsinki
                  After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions® journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn and other cities in the region.

                  No departure transfer included.
                  Included Activities
                  • Activity
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Itinerary disclaimer
                    Polar travel requires an amount of flexibility as weather, ice conditions and wildlife can all affect where your ship is able to access, and where your Expedition Team think you will get the best experience possible from your trip. On board, daily updates are given to advise what the specific itinerary will be for the next day based on local conditions. Published itineraries are subject to change when local conditions dictate.
                    Physical rating

                    Although you don't need to be particularly fit to take part in an Arctic expedition, you do need to have a good level of mobility. You must be able to complete the on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures unaided. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet while negotiating the ship over potentially slippery decks and gangways. The zodiacs are accessed via a gangway or stairs which may be steep on some ships. Some of our ships have lifts, but these may not access all decks so some stair climbing on board will be necessary.
                    Included activities
                    Activity
                    Important notes
                    BOOKING CONDITIONS
                    Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of A$2000pp ($6000pp on Icebreaker voyages. Different deposit amounts apply in other currencies). The balance is due 90 days before departure.
                    If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
                    If a booking is cancelled between 89 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
                    Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

                    ADVENTURE OPTIONS
                    Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages except on Icebreakers. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. Some previous, recent experience is essential. Snowshoeing and hiking is also offered on some itineraries. These activities are at no additional cost and do not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.

                    Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.



                    Group size
                    Maximum of 128 travellers per group.
                    Your fellow travellers
                    Single occupancy is available in most cabin categories for 1.7 or 2 times the twin berth price (dependent on which cabin category). Single travellers wishing to share will be matched with another solo traveller of the same sex. Please note that it is not possible to share with a stranger in all cabin types. Please speak to a consultant for full details.
                    Accommodation
                    Cruise ship (12nt)
                    Meals introduction
                    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining room. Hours of operation will be posted and are subject to change to accommodate the expedition. Coffee, tea and cocoa are available around the clock. The tap water on board is safe to drink.
                    We're able to meet most special dietary requests, as long as you have clearly indicated your requirements far in advance of your voyage. Kosher food cannot be prepared.
                    Meals
                    13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
                    Money matters
                    When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need.

                    Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. this shoud make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                    MEALS NOT INCLUDED
                    We recommend you allow US$100 per person for meals not included in the itinerary

                    The price for the voyage does not include the customary gratuity to the ship's personnel, which is divided equally amongst our hotel and expedition team members. As a guideline, we suggest the amount of US$14 to US$16 per traveller, per day. The amount you choose to give is at your discretion and can be added to your shipboard account at the end of your voyage.

                    The currency is Russian rubles (RUB). One ruble is made up of 100 kopeks. Bank notes are printed in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 RUB. Coins are 1, 5, 10 and 50 kopeks and 1, 2, and 5 RUB.

                    On all our trips you will require additional funds for extra meals, drinks, souvenirs and incidental expenses. Most hotels will accept credit cards to settle any ‘extras’ and the balance of your holiday funds can be split between cash, ATM withdrawals and credit card.

                    The unit of currency in Finland is the Euro divided into 100 cents

                    EMERGENCY FUNDS:
                    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.
                    Group leader
                    Your voyage will be led by an experienced Expedition Leader. In addition, a number of experts will be on board to add knowledge of their field to your experience. This will include a Marine Biologist, Ornithologist, Glaciologist or Geologist, Polar Historian, Kayaking guide and Naturalist guides. Voyages offering other adventure activities will have additional specialist guides on board.
                    Safety
                    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

                    All ships operating in Polar waters must comply with a variety of regulations, codes and industry standards. All our ships adhere to regulations set by IMO (International Maritime Organisation) including ISM Code (Safety Management System), ISPS Code (for ship and port security), SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and MARPOL (Maritime Pollution Prevention). In addition, Quark Expeditions is a full member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and a full member of AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators).

                    Quark Expeditions have also been externally audited for its' health and safety programme and have been awarded the British Standard BS8848, the only expedition cruise company to have this accreditation.
                    Joining point
                    Your Helsinki Hotel
                    Your Helsinki Hotel
                    Helsinki
                    FINLAND
                    Finish point
                    Your Helsinki Hotel
                    Your Helsinki Hotel
                    Helsinki
                    FINLAND
                    Emergency contact
                    BOOKING ENQUIRIES/ISSUES
                    For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                    CRISES AND EMERGENCIES
                    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency please contact our local ground representative on the number below (remember to drop the +xx country code if you are calling from within the country):

                    Quark: 16474495303
                    Visas
                    As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                    Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

                    All travellers to Russia (regardless of nationality) will require a visa, obtained in advance of travel with a letter of invitation from the Russian authorities. In order for Peregrine to arrange this letter you must provide your full passport details at time of booking. Please note that Russian visas are date specific and cannot be extended once issued.
                    What to take
                    The Arctic usually has - relatively - mild weather conditions in high summer. Temperatures below -5ºC are not common (although wind-chill factor can significantly add to the effect.) As a result, you should not need to make many expensive specialist gear purchases, although you do need good wet weather pants and you do need warm clothing. Wet weather jacket and boots are supplied on board the ship. On shore we do aim to provide hiking and walking opportunities whenever possible, so a reasonable pair of walking shoes or boots is suggested.


                    The dress code on board is relaxed and casual; you will not need to dress formally for meals. The inside of the ship is well heated, so you will not require special clothing on board. Indeed, you could spend most of your time in light trousers and a t-shirt! However, it is not unusual for you to want to go out on deck suddenly - a whale sighting, or seals on a nearby ice-floe or hopefully a polar bear - nearly always produce a major exodus, so you need to keep warm clothing handy at all times, even when a shore excursion is not imminent. When you do go ashore you will require warm clothing - a few layers of light and medium-weight items which can be easily adjusted rather than one or two large and bulky items - and wet weather gear to protect you from the spray which can sometimes be encountered on the Zodiacs.

                    Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday. Laundry facilities are available on board the ship.

                    Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes
                    Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
                    Spare passport photos
                    Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
                    Money belt (for travelling en route)
                    Small first-aid kit
                    Ecologically friendly laundry soap
                    Daypack (lightweight and waterproof)
                    Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
                    Electrical adapter plug
                    Toiletries/travel wipes
                    Sunscreen, lip balm, moisturising cream, sunhat and sunglasses (with UV protection)
                    Swimsuit (in case you wish to take the Polar Plunge)
                    Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
                    Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
                    2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
                    Refillable water bottle
                    Phrase book (if travelling en route to ship)
                    Gloves (2 pairs minimum)
                    Hat that covers ears
                    Scarf or other face protection
                    Wind and waterproof pants (a few sizes larger)
                    Warm pants
                    Comfortable shoes
                    Long wool or cotton socks (for expeditions)
                    Silk or polypropylene socks (for inside the ship)
                    Jumpers/sweaters/fleeces
                    Cotton turtlenecks and t-shirts
                    Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)
                    Plastic bags with zippers for carrying film, etc
                    Binoculars

                    Your prescritpion medication, seasickness medication and painkillers
                    Communications
                    All of our ships have facilities to communicate with the outside world.

                    Satellite phone communications are available on all ships but be aware that on some ships, this connection is only available in certain locations and may not be possible from your cabin. Satellite communications can be intermittent and may not be available at all times or in all locations. Phone calls are charged per minute of usage.

                    Internet access is possible via wifi on your personal laptop or device in certain areas of each ship and is charged via a pre-paid card which can be purchased through the hotel manager. Each ship also has a computer for passengers to use for internet access and emails and the hotel manager can set you up with a temporary webmail address. Please be aware, accessing some websites from the ship will be very expensive as downloading picture heavy content will use up a large amount of data. Text only emails use up much less data and is a very affordable way to communicate with friends and family at home.

                    All communications from the ship are a bit intermittent as when travelling through mountainous areas or through narrow channels, signals can be disrupted and may not be transmitted until clearing this terrain or until satellites next pass overhead. Please make sure your loved ones have realistic expectations of your ability to communicate with them so they don’t worry about you.
                    Health
                    Vaccination requirements do change, but generally you do not need vaccinations for this voyage but some may be required or recommended for countries you are visiting enroute to the Arctic.

                    It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return. To find out which, if any, vaccinations are mandatory or recommended for your destination contact your local doctor, immunisation centre or medical centre for up-to-date information. You should be issued with an International Certificate of Vaccination booklet that records each vaccination. Always carry this with you on your travels; it could provide essential information for doctors in the event that you fall ill whilst travelling.


                    MOTION SICKNESS
                    Although our vessels are among the most stable ships in their class, we will still inevitably encounter motion. Unless you are certain you are impervious to the problem, you should take precautions against seasickness. Your doctor can advise you as to the best methods for avoiding this uncomfortable condition.

                    There will be a licensed English-speaking physician on board. Your vessel will have a medical clinic with a limited supply of prescription medicines and basic first aid equipment. The clinic will not be stocked with every drug or piece of equipment required for every medical problem. If you are under regular treatment for any ailment, you must bring a sufficient supply of medicines for yourself. We cannot accept responsibility for not having a specific brand or type of drug on board. It is wise to carry an extra week’s supply of prescription medications just in case of flight delays or other unforeseen circumstances. If you have particular health needs, please bring with you a signed and dated letter from your physician explaining your health problems and/or the dosage required for the prescribed medication. The letter will assist our doctor on board, and any emergency medical personnel to care for you should you become ill. Please hand the letter to the expedition doctor once you are on board.
                    Travel insurance
                    Your voyage fare includes Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person. However, it is essential that you have comprehensive personal travel insurance in addition to this to cover all other eventualities.
                    Responsible Travel
                    Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in . How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below:

                    * Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprint is already lighter.
                    * Consider offsetting your flights too.
                    * Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste.
                    * Be an animal-friendly traveller. Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions.
                    * Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy.
                    * Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone.
                    * Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you.
                    * Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags.
                    * Give back by making a donation to a local project via The Intrepid Foundation.

                    Share your thoughts with us by completing your feedback form after your trip. This helps us to continue to improve our commitment to responsible travel.


                    As a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Quark Expeditions are supporters of responsible tourism that mitigates the impact of our shore landings on the landscape or wildlife. Quark was the first operator to offer inclusive Carbon Neutral voyages on the Ocean Diamond. By doing so we have enhanced our commitment to ecological sensitivity and to minimising our impact on the areas we visit including:

                    • Having our vessels burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor.
                    • Conforming to all international regulations/policies governing disposal of waste at sea.
                    • Serving only sustainable seafood.
                    • Using only eco-friendly laundry chemicals and room amenities.
                    • Removing disposable water bottles from the ships.
                    • Making all our voyages virtually paperless by 2014 and having any paper used be 100% recyclable.

                    AECO members also operate according to established rules of conduct, which, while you travel with us, we ask you to respect. A copy of the AECO guidelines will be provided prior to travel and staff will brief all passengers prior to the first landing.


                    The Intrepid Foundation
                    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation set up to enable our travellers to support some amazing grassroots projects and partner charities in the places we travel. We support a range of initiatives – from wildlife protection and environmental conservation to supporting vocational training for underprivileged individuals – all with the aim of helping to improve lives across the world. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation are matched dollar for dollar (yes – your donation is doubled!), and administration costs are covered by us so that 100 per cent of your donation is guaranteed to reach your chosen project. To learn more about the projects we support, ask your trip leader for more information about projects in the region you are travelling in or visit.

                    Feedback
                    After your travels, we want to hear from you! We realise that our partner company may ask you to complete paper or online feedback following your trip, however we would also like to know what you thought and encourage you to submit your feedback to us too. We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
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