What is POlarQuest 2018?

What is Polarquest 2018?


A quest for the wreck of the Italia airship on the 90th anniversary of the crash which made the history of polar exploration.


An international team of arctic researchers, today’s explorers of the unknown, searching for answers to some of the greatest enigmas of science, from climate change to the origin of high energy cosmic rays , from measuring the impact of human pollution at extreme latitudes to creating awareness of the micro- and nano-plastic contents in the Artic Ocean.


Complete circumnavigation of the entire Svalbard archipelago with a sailing boat.


A voyage to the last untouched wildernesses on earth, to convey the importance of the Arctic for our sustainable future.

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Scientific Accomplishments

Scientific Accomplishments

Studying Cosmic Rays
The PolarquEEEst experiment was a record-breaking cosmic ray detector, recording the world’s first sea-level data up to the latitude of 82°07’N. Learn more…

Polar Microplastic Pollution
Detailed studies of mico- and nano-plastic pollution in the Arctic, including the record latitude sampling.  Learn more…

Polar drones for exploration
Landmark use of low-cost drones for scientific data collection.  Learn more…

Studies of PCB Pollutants
Long-term testing of chemical pollutants in Arctic.  Learn more…

Featured News

Measuring cosmic ray showers near the North Pole with the Extreme Energy Events project

Rosario Nania and Ombretta Pinazza report on a campaign of measurements carried out by the EEE collaboration with the Polarquest2018 mission, recording data up to the latitude of 82°07’N: the PolarquEEEst experiment.


Polarquest documentary on Ushuaïa TV

Polarquest documentary on Ushuaïa TV

A documentary on the Polarquest2018 expedition is being broadcast on French television station Ushuaïa TV. Find out more about the production, and when you can tune in!

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