Whether you’re not sure what an Antarctic expedition entails or have been and can’t wait to return to the seventh continent, there’s just nothing quite like being there! Now you can experience the thrill of a voyage right on your mobile or computer device with Quark’s inspiring 360° Virtual Reality Antarctic Experience.
Told in a visually stunning series of videos filmed during a recent Quark Expedition to Antarctica, the experience takes you right there, exploring the Antarctic landscape from icy tundra floor to stunning clear skies through immersive 360° Virtual Reality video footage.
Explore your ship’s onboard comforts or paddle a kayak in one of the most pristine, unspoiled environments on the planet. Cruise on Zodiac landing craft, explore the Antarctic peninsula and get up close and personal with the region’s unique and curious inhabitants. Throughout the journey, you’ll interact with and learn about history and wildlife from Quark’s Expedition staff.
The Making of a Stunning Immersive Antarctic Experience
“Quark is always looking for innovative ways to showcase our expeditions and spark travelers’ interest in exploring the Polar regions,” said Rachel Hilton, Vice President of Customer Experience, Quark Expeditions. “Our Antarctic 360° VR Experience transports people to the 7th continent, guided by our expert Expedition Team, to explore the beauty and encounter amazing wildlife and be inspired to experience it in person.”
A two-man film crew captured the spectacular 360° footage, a process that presented a few challenges. The difficult task of positioning cameras on a moving Zodiac and finding ways to stretch battery life of the GoPro cameras were a few things the duo had to overcome; but the finished product was worth the challenges in the process, film crew member Hugo King-Fretts recalls:
“It was almost as if you were in a cathedral,” King-Fretts says. “These huge, huge walls were coming up and you’re in these small corridors where you would get surges of waves coming through. The geology, the scale of it, was just phenomenal. The awe-inspiring footage we were able to capture reflects a truly amazing experience that’s beyond description with words.”
Virtually Exploring Antarctica with Quark Expeditions
As you explore the rugged remoteness and magnitude of these spectacular regions on your device, you’ll marvel at the ability its bountiful penguins, seals and whales have to completely charm you. You’ll never feel quite as alive as you will here, following in the footsteps of famed explorers, gliding past towering ice-blue glaciers, or wandering across rare polar beaches and dramatic landscapes, taking it all in. See for yourself what adventure awaits, come on-board!
360° Viewing Tips:
- Make sure your operating system and browser are up to date.
- Download the YouTube app for easy viewing on your mobile device or tablet.
- Navigate your way around the 360° panoramic scene by rotating your mobile phone, swiping your finger to change the view on your tablet, or mousing around on your desktop or laptop computer.
- Don’t forget to turn up the sound and go full screen!
- For a truly immersive experience, download the Quark Antarctic VR app on Google Play or the App Store and explore using a Google Cardboard or Gear VR headset.
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