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Quark Expeditions will be taking a limited number of travellers deep into Antarctica in November to witness the remote penguin colony in Snow Hill.

In 2004, Quark Expeditions made polar history when it conducted the first-ever ground visit to the remote emperor penguin colony at Snow Hill. Driven by a true expeditionary spirit – and guided by years of polar expertise – the team sailed past masses of dense ice and thick, tabular icebergs to experience the legendary rookery.

Now home to 8,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins, you could join the expedition and observe the legendary ice-dwelling emperor penguin colony at Snow Hill Island.

Snow Hill Landscape with penguins © David Merron
Snow Hill © David Merron

Quark’s quest

The journey to remote Snow Hill is one of the most exclusive wildlife-viewing experiences on the planet. Guests will be able to embrace the thrill of the search as they travel on Ultramarine – with its two Airbus H145 helicopters – on the new ship’s first attempt to visit the colony. With scenes reminiscent of BBC’s ‘Frozen Planet’, you’ll observe thousands of penguins sliding across the ice into the sea. The ultimate aim of the Emperor Penguin Quest: Expedition to Snow Hill itinerary is to take guests to the penguin colony itself.

The Snow Hill itinerary

On the 14-day journey, you will experience the expeditionary spirit that fuelled polar explorers more than a century ago. After arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina you’ll board a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina where you’ll begin the voyage south. After crossing the Drake Passage, an unpredictable and exhilarating confluence of the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Southern oceans, you’ll find yourself navigating the Weddell Sea.

You’ll spend five days in the vicinity of Snow Hill, either touring the colony or immersing yourself in the custom-designed Weddell Sea experience. This includes educational programs and extra activities like the polar plunge or stand-up paddleboarding. Plus, enjoy helicopter sightseeing and Zodiac cruising. It’ll be a whole new way to experience the Antarctica Peninsula.

Ultramarine © Michelle Sole
Ultramarine © Michelle Sole

On board Ultramarine

Quark Expeditions’ newest ship, Ultramarine is designed to take you beyond, to new places and new adventures. With its wraparound deck and two-engine helicopters, you’ll have inimitable views and exposure to the wild elements of Snow Hill. Post-escapades make the most of the Tundra Sauna and Tundra Spa. A relaxing treatment will have you melting after your exciting day of exploration. By evening, converse over a delicious meal in Bistro 487 or the Balena Restaurant. Or, if you’re seeking a nightcap, the Panorama Lounge and Bar offers guests a relaxed atmosphere to reflect on the extraordinary discoveries of the day.

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Balcony Suite © Quark Expeditions

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