Doug O'Neill

A love of nature and writing has enabled Doug O'Neill to visit almost 50 countries around the world—and to immerse himself in some of the most incredible nature settings. Doug's role as Brand Copywriter at Quark Expeditions has been a natural step on a journey that started with a degree in Environmental Studies and later a Certificate in Journalism. When not travelling, Doug is usually hiking: he's a certified hike leader with Hike Ontario and the Bruce Trail Conservancy. He's the co-author of a nature book, “110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” published by Firefly Books in 2019. Says Doug: "Few destinations rival the Polar Regions—not just for the staggering beauty and incredible wildlife, but for the transformative experiences that occur the moment you set foot in the most remote parts of the world."

  • Best Things To Do in Svalbard in Arctic Norway

    Best Things To Do in Svalbard in Arctic Norway

    Wildlife viewing—especially for polar bears—bird-watching, witnessing calving glaciers, and exploring fjords are among the best things to do in Svalbard.

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  •  Everything you need to know About Kayaking in Antarctica

    Everything you need to know About Kayaking in Antarctica

    Learn everything about kayaking in Antarctica from gear and clothing, required experience, how to book, costs, wildlife to see and more, for beginners too

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  •  What Kind of Plants Grow in the Arctic Tundra?

    What Kind of Plants Grow in the Arctic Tundra?

    The colorful Saxifrage, Bearberry and Mouse-eared Chickweed are among the Arctic tundra plants that have learned to adapt and thrive in the Arctic tundra.

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  • Flightseeing The Arctic In a Helicopter Tour

    Quark Expeditions’ newest ship Ultramarine, equipped with two helicopters, is the ideal option for flightseeing the Arctic in a helicopter tour.

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  • Common Arctic Cruise Departure Ports

    Common Arctic Cruise Departure Ports

    Common Arctic cruise departure ports include Reykjavik, Iceland; Longyearbyen, Norway; Murmansk, Russia; and Resolute in Nunavut, Canada, among others.

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  • Where to See an Arctic Fox in Iceland

    Where to See an Arctic Fox in Iceland

    The Westfjords Peninsula in northwestern Iceland is where to see an Arctic fox in Iceland. It’s home to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, which protects foxes.

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  • Best Time to See Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

    Best Time to See Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

    The best time to see Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in October and November when the Snow Hill Island penguin colony is more accessible by polar ships.

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  • Best Places to Visit in the Arctic Circle

    Best Places to Visit in the Arctic Circle

    The truly best places to visit in the Arctic Circle include Greenland, Arctic Norway, Canadian High Arctic and Russia’s remote archipelagos, among others.

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  • How to Travel to Svalbard

    How to Travel to Svalbard

    Travelers who want to know how to travel to Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic will have the best adventure by traveling with experienced expedition guides.

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  • Where to see Puffins in the Faroe Islands

    Where to see Puffins in the Faroe Islands

    The coastal cliffs are where to see puffins in the Faroe Islands, especially on the island of Mykines where tens of thousands of puffins return every year.

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  • How to see the Northern Lights

    How to see the Northern Lights

    Joining a multiple-night Arctic voyage led by the most experienced expedition guides trained in polar expedition travel is how to see the Northern Lights.

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  • How to see Polar Bears in Svalbard

    How to see Polar Bears in Svalbard

    Wildlife enthusiasts who want to know how to see polar bears in Svalbard should consider an expert-led Arctic expedition with experienced guides onboard.

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  • How to see Penguins in Antarctica

    How to see Penguins in Antarctica

    Booking a polar expedition with penguin experts onboard the vessel and an expedition team experienced in polar travel is how to see penguins in Antarctica.

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  • Best Time to Visit Iceland for Whale Watching

    Best Time to Visit Iceland for Whale Watching

    The best time to visit Iceland for whale watching is from May to September, you can book a polar expedition that also includes whale watching in Greenland.

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  • The Best Place to See Polar Bears and Northern Lights

    The Best Place to See Polar Bears and Northern Lights

    The best place to see polar bears and Northern Lights would be in areas close to the Arctic Circle, such as Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Spitsbergen.

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  • Why you should visit the Arctic in May

    Why you should visit the Arctic in May

    The warmer temperatures in May mean there are lots of Arctic wildlife to be seen in the Arctic.

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  • Escape the Crowds in the Arctic: Remote Spitsbergen

    Escape the Crowds in the Arctic: Remote Spitsbergen

    An Arctic voyage is the ideal way to escape the crowds. Arctic destinations such as Spitsbergen offer a break from hordes of tourists, a place where few travelers venture forth.

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  • Five Books About Women in Antarctica

    Five Books About Women in Antarctica

    Inspirational reading for polar travelers

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  • Antarctic curiosity: How do penguins get their names

    Antarctic curiosity: How do penguins get their names

    Penguins get their names in a variety of ways. Learn how Macaroni, Adélie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Magellanic penguins earned their names.

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  • Modern-day polar adventurers draw inspiration from generations of Antarctic explorers

    Modern-day polar adventurers draw inspiration from generations of Antarctic explorers

    Generations of polar adventurers have relied on the expertise and achievements of earlier explorers. Likewise, Quark Expeditions today draws on three decades of polar exploration to guide them.

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