Try Something New On Your Polar Cruise

With the wide range of exciting activities available on our polar cruises, your time on land is sure to be eventful. And whilst some of these extreme pursuits require prior experience in order for you to take part, there is still an opportunity to try something for the first time in these remote environments. Here are four new activities you can experience during a cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic.


Stand up paddleboarding is something that looks a lot easier than it is and it doesn’t help when those who know what they are doing look so nonchalant about the whole thing. A cross between surfing and kayaking, paddleboarding involves standing up on a board and then propelling yourself through the water with a long paddle. The sport originally started in Hawaii and is growing in popularity throughout America and the UK. You can have a go at this new activity during selected Antarctic itineraries with Quark Expeditions. The fact that it’s offered in calm bays and under the watchful eye of an expert instructor makes it a lot less daunting for first-timers.

Helicopter Tours

Many people will have never set foot in a helicopter but your trip to the North Pole or Antarctica may be the perfect time for your first experience. Take to the skies for a unique view of your surroundings and you will really start to grasp just how vast and remote these destinations are. As a popular activity and with only a limited number of seats on each flight, places for helicopter tours usually fill up fast. Therefore, it’s best to secure your place as far in advance as possible.


Putting snowshoes on your feet just so you can go for a walk is not something most people will ever have to do in their lifetime. However, if you want to take part in some of the long treks offered during our polar cruises, wearing snowshoes can make it a whole lot easier on your legs. Often compared to tennis rackets, snowshoes will enable you to walk further in these tough conditions and will help you explore places you couldn’t tread without them.

Fat Biking

Sadly, fat biking doesn’t involve eating as much as you possibly can and then going for a bike ride. Instead, the term ‘fat’ refers to the size of the tyres, which are much larger than usual to help you navigate rough, snowy terrain. Travelling over sea ice and shallow streams is made easier and the ride will be much smoother than it would be on a standard bicycle. This new activity is available during our Arctic Watch Lodge adventures

Whether it’s your first time or not, our expert team will be able to find the perfect itinerary which includes any of these activities. Contact us today for more details.

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