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Quark Expeditions’ Special Guest Is Out Of This World

Most people would regard the Polar Regions as Earth’s final frontiers, but guests sailing with Quark Expeditions on this special Canadian Arctic cruise will be able to discover frontiers that are not of this world. The polar cruise operator has recently announced that astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield will join them for a one-off departure in August of this year.

From Space Walk To Space Talk

Astronaut

The 18-day expedition will take place on board the ice-breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov and will sail to Greenland, through the Northwest Passage and on to island such as Ellesmere and Beechey in the Canadian Arctic. As well as taking in the amazing scenery and attempting to spot whales and seabirds along the way, guests will have the opportunity to meet the former commander of the International Space Station.

In 2014, Chris Hadfield gained worldwide recognition by recording a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity whilst floating around the ISS. Passengers joining this special cruise will be able to experience his penchant for music and comedy first hand when they watch his Generator performance. Generator is a science based variety show that blends knowledge, perception, music and comedy, hosted by Chris himself. Through this and his informative lectures, guests will get a small insight into what it is like to explorer beyond the reaches of planet Earth.

Highway To The Top Of the World

Ice Road

In other Canadian Arctic related news, local authorities in the Northwest Territories have announced plans to build a highway linking the remote towns on Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Due to be completed in 2017, construction of the route will involve laying gravel over the current ice road and will mean that these isolated regions can be reached all year round and not just in the winter months.

The process will not be as simple as building a standard road though, as conditions will definitely play their part. Not only does work have to cease in the summer, when the ice roads can no longer support the heavy trucks, the whole project relies on the permafrost beneath the gravel staying in place and not becoming a victim to climate change.

If you would like to know more about the Quark Expeditions cruise with Colonel Chris Hadfield, which departs on the 22nd of August 2016, please call the Fred.\ Expeditions team today.

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