Join Quark Expeditions, the world leader in polar adventure travel, on an immersive 360° Virtual Reality Antarctic Experience.
A polar expedition travel first, the Quark 360° VR Antarctic Experience transports you to the 7th continent, guided by Quark’s expert expedition team, to encounter amazing wildlife and explore the breath taking natural beauty of this remote part of the world few have set foot upon.
Told through four visually stunning narratives, you will explore the Antarctic Peninsula region expedition-style. Take a Zodiac cruise amongst giant icebergs, stand amidst a penguin colony, and kayak in one of the most pristine, unspoiled environments on the planet.
Filmed using GoPro cameras on board a voyage in February 2016, the Antarctic 360° VR Experience video series showcases different ways to explore the 7th continent and offers viewers the unique opportunity to participate in key aspects of a journey: Life onboard the ship, cruising on Zodiac landing craft, exploring on the Antarctic continent, kayaking, and learning about history and wildlife from Quark’s Expedition staff.
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. 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.”
VR App Development
“The real development challenge was to create a VR app that not only showcased this amazing content but that was also accessible to an audience of young and old, both seasoned and newcomers to the VR worlds,” commented Peter Maddalena from VRCraftworks. “The drawback is that it is a big download, but this was necessary to maintain quality and to allow people with less than high end devices to get a decent taste of the experience,” he concluded.
About Quark Expeditions®:
Specializing in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, it offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the on-board program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. The company is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, including its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (USA). It also offers passengers — free of charge — carbon offsetting aboard Ocean Diamond and Ocean Nova voyages.
About the TUI Adventure Division:
The TUI Adventure Division offers premium, experience-based adventure holidays and expeditions worldwide for active travelers. In addition to QuarkExpeditions.com, the division includes expedition specialists IEtravel.com and Zegrahm.com; leading European adventure and activity specialists ExodusTravels.com, Headwater.com, World-Challenge.co.uk, Sawadeee.nl, TrekAmerica.co.uk and GrandAmericanAdventures.com; as well as US-based destination management company AmericanAdventures.com. From reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and canoeing on the Zambezi, to catching tiger cub sightings and breaking ice en route to the North Pole, the TUI Adventure Division offers inspirational experiences that create lifelong memories.
Vrcraftworks was established 3 years ago to create business focused VR apps for the mobile platform. We have developed over 20 VR apps for business as diverse as animation studios, investment companies and yacht sales. Often these apps are for internal use only. Our free apps however, are available across both Goggle Play and the Apple App Store. Our original free app Orbulus has had 500,000 downloads worldwide is constantly cited as one of the top 10 applications for mobile VR on both Android and Apple devices.