Quark Expeditions

Tundra to Table:
Inuit Culinary Experience is the expedition industry's first of its kind

Tundra to Table: Inuit Culinary Experience

“Visiting Inuit homelands of Greenland and Nunavut over the years has allowed us to build meaningful relationships with local communities,” says Alex McNeil, Director of Expedition Experience and Innovation for Quark Expeditions. “Consequently, we’re able to provide this one-of-a-kind platform for local chefs to showcase their Inuit cuisine and culture.”

Inuit food in its purest, most natural state

At the heart of Tundra to Table is the purity of the ingredients: seafood caught fresh from the Arctic waters, and free-roaming game that consume naturally-organic grass and vegetation. Dishes could include: pickled halibut with lumpfish dip and bread; South Greenlandic lamb served with pommes Anna (sliced potatoes), sweet turnip ragu and pickled angelica; beer-braised muskox with Greenlandic mashed potatoes, mushroom sauce and berry jam; and honey-glazed ptarmigan served with turnip purée.

Hosted by local Inuit chefs who are experts in Indigenous cuisine

The dishes guests eat during this culinary experience, held in Balena, the main restaurant on Ultramarine, reflect the culinary traditions of the region guests are traveling, whether it’s muskoxen in Greenland or Arctic char in Nunavut. Local chefs will share the story of their people through food.

The only Inuit culinary experience of its kind

Quark Expeditions is the only polar operator to offer this kind of culinary collaboration with local Inuit chefs.

Chef-led foraging

Quark Expeditions will introduce another culinary-related opportunity in the Arctic 2022 season. On select voyages, guests can accompany Inuit chefs as they forage in the wild and share foraging insights, talk about Arctic plants, and Inuit culinary traditions

What Guests Can Expect

Two tables of guests will enjoy four courses of Inuit fusion-style cuisine, as well as cultural storytelling, during a dinner hosted in Ultramarine’s Balena by Inuit chefs, who will talk about the food and Inuit cooking. Participants will have the choice of two alternatives for three of the courses.

A Culinary Adventure Onboard Ultramarine

Guests can enjoy the exclusive “Tundra to Table: Inuit Culinary Experience” on select Arctic 2022 and 2023 voyages aboard Ultramarine. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs and superb amenities, including a spa, Ultramarine enables us to take travelers deeper into the Polar Regions than any other polar operator.