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The Worldwide Quest Blog

Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Our song to remember Iceland

By: Lynn B., traveller
On the first day in Iceland Jean pointed out to usA Puffin flying out to sea...On the second day in Iceland Jean pointed out to usTwo Oystercatchers and…On the third day in Iceland Jean pointed out to usThree nesting Fulmars…On the fourth day in Iceland Jean pointed out to usFour Kittiwakes… On the fifth day in Iceland Jean pointed out to usFive Guillemots… On the sixth day...

Jean Iron's videos taken in Iceland

By: Jean Iron
As our Canadian University Alumni group travelled around Iceland, tour leader Jean Iron had her camera ready to catch the most unique sightings. Below are links to YouTube videos so good you'll feel like you're there with her! Humpback Whale Slapping Atlantic Puffin carrying fish Enjoy the sightings!  - Jean ...

Meet our Friends at Dechenla Lodge

By: Justin Peter
Dechenla Lodge and Wilderness Resort is located just across the Yukon border in the Northwest Territories.What makes Dechenla wilderness resort such a unique destination is its situation on a high elevation tundra plateau nestled between two distinct ranges of mountains. This produces breath-taking scenery, amazing diversity and is a sense of unfettered space and tranquility. The ever-changing lig...

A Kopje Story in the Serengeti

By: Ian Shanahan
In the Serengeti, some oases are more about rock than water. As relatively soft volcanic rock erodes away, protrusions of ancient granite from the underlying bedrock remain, thus creating impressive rocky islands known as kopjes.  On the alumni UBC safari through Tanzania in February, 2017, tour leader and UBC alumnus Greg Sharam plans to host a picnic or two atop a kopje. When Dr. Shara...

The Gelada Baboon

By: Ian Shanahan
Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a hotbed of paleontology, with so many answers about the origins of humanity having been excavated from its ancient soil over the years. Atop the soil, there roams a primate that represents the final species remaining from the previously diverse genus of Theropithecus that once comprised several grazing species across Africa and parts of India. Not only is the h...

Splendid Isolation: The Allure of Iceland

By: Mark Cwik
A friend recently asked me to name three things that keep drawing me back to Iceland. The first two were easy and have remained the same through each trip I’ve made. First is the place itself, its wild beauty – mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, lava fields and moss fields. Iceland is simply spectacular. When you go there, you’ll want to ...