Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions

February 10, 2010 11:32 ET

The Best Places in the Arctic to Propose to Your Valentine:

Adventure Cruises for Romantics

WATERBURY, VERMONT--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2010) -

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Proposing has an element of risk. Popping the question on an Arctic expedition will heighten the romance, increasing the odds of success. Whether your Valentine is passionate about kayaking, crushes on bears, or yearns for sparkle, there is an Arctic adventure cruise to match.

Quark Expeditions, a polar adventure specialist, suggests East Greenland Explorer for kayakers planning to paddle in tandem. The voyage begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, September 2, 2010. Romantics can propose against a backdrop of Valentine red rocks in a fjord dotted with icebergs. Per person prices for this 8-day Arctic getaway start at $3,290. The optional kayaking costs $495 per paddler.

Svalbard is the destination of choice for lovers who crush on bears. Europeans visit these Norwegian Arctic islands to see polar bears in the wild. Spitsbergen Explorer is an 11-day Arctic adventure cruise around the largest island of Svalbard. There are multiple departures between June and August. Romantics can pop the question in a Zodiac at the base of a glacier, while hiking wildflower and tundra covered valleys, or on the bow of the ship under the midnight sun. Per person prices start at $4,490.

The ultimate place in the Arctic for sparkle is the North Pole. Daylight is continuous at the pole, so the ice sparkles and glistens all the way to the horizon. Patrick Shaw, president Quark Expeditions, reported, "When we pop the cork on the champagne bottles at 90 North, very often our guests are popping the question. Once or twice, couples have married."

Travel to the North Pole is aboard a 75,000 hp nuclear-powered engine. "That's enough to rev the most reluctant Valentine's engine," suggested Shaw. The 15-day voyage begins in Helsinki, Finland. Per person prices start at $22,690 and include helicopter flight-seeing.

About Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions was the first polar adventure company to transit the Northeast Passage with commercial passengers; the first to take travelers to the "far side" of Antarctica and the first to circumnavigate the Antarctic continent with guests, twice. In 2006 and 2007, Quark was named a recipient of National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime" for "Emperor Penguin Safari" and the "Far Side" respectively. In 2006, Outside magazine named Quark's "Emperor Penguin Safari" as one of the New Trips of a Lifetime.

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