What is Polarquest2018?

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

Support microplastics research in the Desert!

Awareness has been increasing on the effects that our society has on the Earth. There has been a push for understanding the quantity of microplastics we have in our oceans, but what about other ecosystems? Donate and support the new research project Microplastic in the Desert!


Honouring the Airship ITALIA Crew

Honouring the Airship ITALIA Crew

A year ago today, on Aug 13, 2018, the Polarquest crew ventured into the Arctic to pay respects to the Airship ITALIA crew. They were the first people to visit the crash point, above the 81st parallel North of the Svalbard Archipelago, and held a memorial in honour of the missing crew.

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