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Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, has introduced new 
hiking and trekking options for guests traveling on Ultramarine. Modern-day 
explorers will have the opportunity to walk alongside polar experts for a truly 
innovative and immersive experience.

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"Setting foot where few humans have ever walked is part of the magic of 
exploring the Arctic and Antarctic," said Alex McNeil, Director of Expedition 
Experience and Innovation for Quark Expeditions, which has been offering hiking 
opportunities in the Polar Regions since 1991. "Guests frequently speak of the 
excitement that hits them when they step onto the snow-and ice-covered sites of 
Antarctica or the remote tundra of the Arctic. They breathe in the polar air, 
feel the terrain beneath their feet, and observe the polar landscapes up 
close…and in that moment they know they've truly arrived in one of the great 
wilderness frontiers of the planet. Thanks to our game-changing new ship 
Ultramarine, we've expanded our adventure options to include multiple styles of 
hiking no one else offers."

Quark Expeditions' enhanced hiking and trekking options are aligned with the 
Adventure Travel Trade Association's 2022 Industry Snapshot which ranked 
"hiking/trekking/walking" as No. 2 on the list of ten Hot Trending Adventure 

"Hiking and trekking in the Polar Regions are not your typical long-distance 
rambles on clearly marked trails," said McNeil. "We don't just take our guests 
off the beaten path, but we take them to where there are no paths at all. And 
now, thanks Ultramarine's two twin-engine Airbus H145 helicopters and 20 
quick-deploy Zodiacs, we can take guests—of all fitness levels, ages and areas 
of interest—on hiking and trekking adventures to remote areas of the Polar 
Regions where few—if any—have ever visited before."

Quark Expeditions' Hiking and Trekking options include:

Hiking: Our guided hikes, which are offered at multiple levels from beginner to 
advanced, range from short jaunts to the top of lookouts or visits to see 
wildlife to longer walks of several kilometers over ice, rock and snow. Hiking 
excursions may last from two to three hours with plenty of time for photographs 
of wildlife, learning moments from your experienced guides, or just time to 
stand back and admire the incredible polar surroundings.

Heli-Hiking: Ultramarine's twin-engine helicopters transfer guests to the start 
of the most scenic hiking routes of Southern Greenland and then pick them up at 
the endpoint of the route. Each guided heli-hiking departure will be tailored 
to guests' personal needs and level of ability and interest. They may choose to 
join one of our fast walking groups which aims for exploration and distance, 
one of our medium hiking routes where there will be plenty of time to pause for 
photography and reflection, or explore at a slower pace with ample time to 
enjoy the scenery and immerse themselves in their polar surroundings. 

Alpine Heli-trekking:  Quark Expeditions' expert guides will take guests on an 
active adventure high up in the Antarctic Peninsula. Intimate groups of 
adventurers will board one of Ultramarine's two twin-engine helicopters for a 
trekking excursion in an area only safely accessed by air. On land, during an 
invigorating walk or hike, guests will be rewarded with stunning views of 
remote ridgelines, glaciated terrain, and snow-topped peaks.

Ice Sheet Experience: While not considered a traditional "hike," Quark 
Expeditions' Ice Sheet Experience enables gets to disembark from their 
helicopter, and walk on the second-largest ice mass on the planet, the 
Greenland Ice Sheet.

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About Quark Expeditions:

Specializing exclusively in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, Quark 
Expeditions(R) ( 
)  has been the leading innovator of polar adventure since the company took the 
first group of consumer travelers to the North Pole in 1991. Quark Expeditions 
has been innovating ever since. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped 
small expedition vessels and icebreakers—some of them equipped with 
helicopters—Quark Expeditions delivers deeply immersive polar experiences—and 
is able to take guests deeper into the Polar Regions than anyone else. Led by 
passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, wildlife 
experts and researchers, Quark Expeditions offers an onboard program that 
enriches the passenger experience. 

About Ultramarine:

The technologically-advanced Ultramarine, the newest addition to the Quark 
Expeditions fleet, is a game-changer in polar exploration. Equipped with two 
twin-engine Airbus 145 helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs and the largest 
portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, Ultramarine changes 
the way guests explore the Polar Regions. Other features include a spa, sauna 
with floor-to-ceiling windows, fitness centre, yoga space, spacious rooms and 
two restaurants plus a lounge and presentation theatre. Ultramarine has been 
designed with advanced sustainability systems that help us preserve the 
pristine Polar Regions for the next generation of explorers.

About Travelopia:

Travelopia  ( 
) is one of the world's leading specialist travel groups. A pioneer in the 
experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 
independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From 
sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand 
is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers 
across the world.

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