Personal Christmas greetings from the PolarQuest-office
Christmas is just around the corner, and we hope these personal greetings from all of us at the PolarQuest-office will spread some warmth. Here you can also read about where we hope our own travel dreams will take us next year. We hope to see you on new adventures in 2021! We wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Photo: Kerstin Langenberger.
Marie Lannborn Barker
Warm Christmas greetings - I wish you all a wonderful 2021!
I long for exploration – Svalbard, Svalbard, Svalbard, I always want to go back! I encourage my children to practice horse riding since I also dream of exploring Mongolia together with them when they get a bit older.
Heidi Lähteenmäki Sander
Expedition planner & Travel consultant
Christmas carols, gingerbread and Christmas lights are bringing joy, soon Christmas will be here. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021!
For the coming year I’m hoping to be able to travel both somewhere warm and cold, to have a nice balance. A dream of mine is to bring a loved one to Svalbard and together experience the rare beauty that the archipelago has to offer. The other destination for me is across the globe, which is New Zealand with its beautiful nature and wildlife.
Expedition planner & Travel consultant
This strange year with limited contacts and non-existent travels, one has had to discover other values in life, such as reading those books that never got rid of and having Skype conversations with loved ones when it is not possible to meet. I would like to recommend a book for Christmas reading: The Expedition by Bea Uusma. It is about the Polar Expedition that departed from Svalbard with a hot air balloon in 1897 and never returned... Order the book here.
My wish for next year is that we will once again be able to travel and discover the world. Personally, I long to return to Svalbard and the ice in the north, but also to make a trip in the opposite direction, to Africa and the fantastic savannahs there.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas with a lot of compassion!
"You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!
During these cold and dark days in here in the Northern part of the world I dream about a trip to the incredible Galapagos Islands. To snorkelling and experiencing the rich marine life under the surface would be wonderful!
Expedition planner & Travel consultant
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas 2020, this year when things went upside down. Hope we are all able to visit and hug our loved ones again very soon.
I'm certainly not the only one with a "need" and dream of packing my suitcase soon again. Highest on my wishing list is Nepal, which has been a dream come true for almost 30 years. That dream is shared with once again explore the breath-taking wilderness of Antarctica!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Yet another year has passed, and Christmas is finally here again. I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a great adventurous year ahead!
Next year I would love to visit my best friend who moved to Australia shortly before the pandemic started. It would be lovely to take my family there to explore the great natural wonders of the country.
Travel consultant & photographer
We look back on a very different year, where many travel dreams were put on hold. But times like these also give birth to new travel dreams and perhaps also new perspectives? In 2020, I became a father which of course was a highlight during this year and on my life path, but also a kickstart of a new journey.
Our nature and its diversity has always been close to my heart. Now, I look forward to exploring nature again with my son, such as Svalbard's glaciers and wildlife, Scandinavia's northern part or why not snorkelling amongst cobs and skerries at the Swedish west coast.
During the summer and autumn, I have been hiking many miles in nearby nature reserves with my son. Along the paths I have met many hikers of all ages and I’m pleased to see that more people have chosen to visit nature during the year. My hope is that this increases the understanding and importance of nature in the future, regardless if its nearby or wilderness far away.
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New nature year
This year, we will all have a different Christmas that we will remember for many years. It might not be the Christmas that we had planned or wished for, but I still hope we can make it to a peaceful holiday. Let us try to make it a beautiful memory! We might not be able to meet all family members and friends, but instead we get more time to spend with some very close ones.
My wish is that we soon can travel and meet as usual again. My dream trip is to head out on a longer sailing with the family’s boat, to Gotland on the Swedish east coast or along the spectacular Norwegian coast. While I’m waiting for this, I will go skiing in our beautiful mountains up north!
I wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
This Christmas, I really look forward to spend a lot of time outdoors with my family, and lighting many wonderful fires! Maybe, I even dare to throw myself into the ocean, even though it is a bit cold - it would be a nice restart, for a new, healthier and above all, more fun year!
Like many others, I also dream of travelling again soon. A trip to Portuguese Ericeira, French Biarritz or to sail along the coast of Norway with my favourite ship M/S Stockholm would be a real treat!
A stormy year will soon come to an end, a year of reflection and time to appreciate the small things. Now 2021 waits around the corner and everyone is longing – longing to be able to see each other instead of talking on the phone, longing for a hug, for adventures and exploration. Let’s hope we’ll all be able to fulfil all those dreams that just remained dreams during 2020. I wish you all a happy new prosperous year!
Next year I’d love to go to a snow crowned Northern Norway to meet some beautiful orcas. Suitably, they are supposed to be one of the world’s most social animals. But my most important travel destination next year will be just a few hours away to visit my parents for some catching up.
Guide Manager (on parental leave)
As I am writing this we are putting up the Christmas tree in our house, and once it is decorated, I feel like Christmas is here for real. I would like to spread some of that Christmas spirit to all of you and hope that you will have an extra cosy Christmas this year. Merry Christmas & hopes for a bright start to 2021.
The desire for travelling has accumulated during this year, and if it was up to me, I would use the remaining time of my parental leave to travel around the world to see friends and family who are spread out over the globe. First and foremost to Australia where a large part of the family lives. When it comes to the Polar regions I dream about experiencing Greenland onboard our new ship Balto. Greenland is one of the most magical places I have ever set my foot on!
After a turbulent year like this, Christmas may be even more important for us. A time when all the beautiful candles and lamps lighten up our world. A time when we have time for relaxation, reflection and each other. Even if we are not able to meet as we are used to, we can always meet and spread love in other ways – through cards, digital messages, calls or videos.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a New adventurous and healthy year!
Next year I would love to explore beautiful Norway during summertime, to see all the famous locations that I have always dreamed of. I want to experience the incredible nature and the magnificent sceneries, visit the stunning fjords, small islands and picturesque fishing villages.