Celebrating 90 years of Arctic Exploration in La Spezia

On 10 November, the voyage of Airship ITALIA was commemorated at “Ritorno al Polo Nord” in La Spezia (Italy). The event featured talks by Italian and international researchers and historians, including Polarquest’s project leader Paola Catapano and geographer Gianluca Casagrande.

“82°07 North”: Exhibition and Photo Competition!

“82°07 North” first opened at CERN last month, and will continue to tour around Europe throughout the year. Look forward to announcements of new exhibition dates. But – if you cannot catch it in person – explore the photographs in this virtual gallery!

Polarquest kicks off series of events at CERN

The Polarquest2018 team is launching a series of events today at CERN, aiming to engage people in their extraordinary expedition and describe their scientific accomplishments.

COMUNICATO STAMPA Polarquest2018: missione compiuta! Risultati e punti forti della spedizione

Il 22 agosto 2018, alle 21:30 ora locale, la barca a vela Nanuq impegnata nella spedizione Polarquest2018 ha completato con successo la circumnavigazione dell’arcipelago delle Svalbard, chiudendo il cerchio al largo di Longyearbyen (Isfjord), dove la tappa Svalbard della spedizione aveva preso inizio il 4 agosto, percorrendo 1500 miglia e raggiungendo le propaggini esterne della banchisa a 82°07’ N, alle 16h50 UTC del 13 agosto.

Press Release: Polarquest2018: mission accomplished!

 On 22 August 2018, 21:30 local time Polarquest2018’s sailboat Nanuq has successfully completed the circumnavigation of the Svalbard archipelago closing the loop in Isfjord, just outside Longyearbyen, where the Svalbard leg of the expedition started on August 4, logging 1500 nautical miles and reaching the outer boundary of the ice shelf at 82°07 N at 16h50 UTC on August 13.

Of belugas and daggerboards: a tale of (mis)adventures in Svalbard

We have seen many arctic animals on our expedition so far. Polar bears, reindeers, walruses… but ones whoe surprised us most were the belugas spotted at the Recherche Fjord. Their enchanting and distracting dance preluded Nanuq being stranded for 12 hours… with its daggerboard cut in two!

Nanuq receives a warm welcome from the Polish Polar Station

The Polish Polar research station in Hornsund, in the Southern corner of Spitsbergen island, is located in a stunning bay surrounded by a beautiful mountain circle coated in the intense green of the summer moss and arctic flowers, and abrupt glaciers in the background.

Nanuq searches for Airship ITALIA

On 13 August 2018, the PolarQuest team arrived at the crash area of the Airship ITALIA: 81°14 N 25°25 E. These were the coordinates sent out by ITALIA’s survivors in their first SOS message, 24 hours after the crash.

Dispatch from 80°N: in the footsteps of Nobile

Once you leave the Spitsberg island, the largest of the archipelago, for The North East island, or Nordaustlandet, everything changes. It is remarkably colder than it is on these coasts, out of the reach of the warm Gulf Stream.

Dispatch from Nanuq: Team makes a surprise discovery on land

PolarQuest2018 is not only a scientific mission – it also features a great deal of adventure! We are searching for quite a few lost objects. Some are as big and as important as airships, but others are smaller and – at least to their owners – equally as important. When we were at the Italian research station a few days ago in Ny Alesund, Stefano Ventura, a permafrost researcher from CNR Florence, tasked us with a new search as soon as he learned we were sailing North.

Dispatch from Nanuq: Unsustainable tourism damages this delicate environment

We left in the full sun, and the shining beauty of the glacier all around us… except for a huge ship, the World Cruiser, blocking our way out of the fjord and surrounded by a swarm of kajaks and zodiacs. This is the kind of tourism you do not want in such an unspoilt and critical area of our planet.

Dispatch from Nanuq: on the heels of a polar bear

We cast off from Ny Alesund harbour at 10.25 UTC while the big cruiser Hurtigruten entered the harbour with its load of tourists. Another consequence of global warming is the increase of tourists to the Svalbard archipelago.

Alla Baia del Re con i discendenti del dirigibile ITALIA

Appena atterrati a Ny Alesund gli occhi di tutti si dirigono verso quel pilone d’acciaio ormai un po’ arrugginito a cui venne ancorato il dirigibile Italia prima della partenza. Si trova sulla baia dei re dove si erge Ny Alesund la città più a nord del mondo, sede della Ricerca scientifica in artico per ben 10 nazioni tra cui anche l’Italia con la base “Dirigibile Italia” del Centro Nazionale di Ricerca italiano.

Land ahead! Nanuq arrives at Svalbard

Nanuq safely arrived in the Svalbard archipelago today! The team is two full days ahead of schedule, thanks to strong winds in their favour during the voyage.

Cast off! The adventure begins!

At 18.35 local time in Iceland, Nanuq cast off! The crew will now embark on the first leg of the PolarQuest mission: a ten-day trip on rough seas to Longyearbyen, Svalbard archipelago.

Nanuq is ready to cast off!

All 10 PolarQuest2018 crew members taking part in the Iceland to Svalbard leg of the trip are on board. They are currently are sailing in the fjord for a full briefing given by co-skipper Mathilde Gallinelli.

Press Release: B&G Proud To Support Polarquest 2018

Extreme Adventure. Extreme Exploration. Extreme Science. Join B&G onboard Nanuq the self-sufficient sailing boat, as a specialist team face the elements in one of the most beautiful and extreme environments on the planet #SailTheElements

Siamo noi che dobbiamo contribuire a rendere viva la storia

Sabato 7 e Domenica 8 Luglio si è svolto presso la Casa dell’Aviatore di Roma il convegno “Noi del Dirigibile” con protagonisti i familiari dei membri dell’equipaggio del Dirigibile Italia, schiantatosi al Polo Nord il 25 maggio 1928.

Rescue: 90 years ago, today

After 27 days on the pack ice, ITALIA airship survivors know they’ve been sighted by Italian Air Force waterplane Savoia Marchetti, commanded by captain Maddalena.

Polarquest2018 goes into exploration mode… live on Italian national TV !

Exciting times for Polarquest2018! A series of exceptional events last week launched the PolarQuest team into full “expedition mode”. Paola Catapano and Mike Striuk were invited by our partner NORBIT Subsea to attend an intense field training in Trondheim, Norway on the use of their latest 3D multibeam sonar that we will use North of Svalbard to search for any remains of the ITALIA Airship.

Radio, Quasars and Telescopes in the Arctic

On this date, 90 years ago, at 8:55 pm, stranded radio-telegraphist Giuseppe Biagi sent off his hourly SOS. In celebrtion of this anniversary, Polarquest2018 interviewed friend and geodesy researcher, Vincenza Tornatore.

High school students assemble the PolarquEEEst detector!

23 high school students from Norway, Italy and Switzerland arrived at CERN today to take part in a unique cosmic project: the assembly of a PolarquEEEst detector. This special device is designed to catch the intense flow of cosmic rays that bombard the Earth above 80°N.

90th Anniversary of Airship ITALIA

Polarquest2018 has partnered with three prestigious Italian institutions to commemorate the 90th anniversary of this pioneering flight over the North Pole with three events open to the press and the public.

Develop Polarquest’s mission patch!

The PolarQuest Patch Contest targets European students to design unique creations, that must represent the essence of the Polarquest expedition and the relevance of the Arctic, region where the expedition will take place.

Press Release: GREAL in the Arctic with PolarQuest 2018

The Geographic Research and Application Laboratory of the European University of Rome will participate in the PolarQuest 2018 expedition to the Arctic region with a geographic observation program by drones.

Celebrate 8th March!

Laurence de la Ferrière is a record-breaking French mountaineer, explorer and writer.

Global Seed Vault Reaches 1M Mark

To celebrate its tenth anniversary in February, the Global Seed Vault Vault accepted over 77,000 new samples – taking it over the 1 million deposits mark!

Polarquest2018 in RAITRE GEO

Rivedete Paola Catapano nella diretta dalla nota trasmissione di RAITRE GEO, tutta dedicata alla spedizione Polarquest2018.

Global Giving Certificate of Achievement!

Polarquest successfully completed the Global Giving 2017 Accelerator Campaign by raising over 50 000 USD for its Microplastic in the Arctic campaign and earned a Certificate of Achievement!

Interview with Miriam Santoro

PolarQuEEEst is a special detector catching cosmic rays coming from the distant regions of our universe, particularly concentrated at the Poles. One of these special “telescopes” will be on board Nanuq to measure the cosmic ray flow at different latitudes.

THANK YOU!

Wow! Thanks to your support, we’ve raised over $,000 on Bonus day Dec. 13 for the PolarQuest2018 campaign!!!

A message for the planet

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

Extreme Science

An international team of arctic researchers, today’s explorers of the unknown, looking for answers to some of the greatest enigmas of science, from climate change to measuring the impact of human pollution at extreme latitudes, from the study of paleoclimate to the origin of high energy cosmic rays……

Extreme Exploration

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

Extreme Adventure

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

NANuQ: A MESSENGER FOR THE PLANET

Nanuq, the passive igloo Nanuq (meaning polar bear in the Inuit language) is a 60-foot Grand Integral sailboat designed, built and skipped by Genevese architect Peter Gallinelli to sail in the polar region and withstand arctic winter in a self-sufficient mode, using only renewable energies (sun, wind, environmental heat), thanks to its innovative thermal insulation […]

A Polar Exploration

1928 Airship Italia 25.05.1928 After completing two successful scientific expedition in the Arctic regions, Airship Italia crashed on the pack about 120 km northeast of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard (81°14 N 28°14 E), on its return journey from the first airborne circling of the North Pole. Nine survivors and one fatality were left on the floating ice, […]

What is Polarquest 2018?

 EXTREME ADVENTURE A quest for the wreck of the Italia airship on the 90th anniversary of the crash which made the history of polar exploration. EXTREME EXPLORATION Complete circumnavigation of the entire Svalbard archipelago with a sailing boat. EXTREME SCIENCE An international team of arctic researchers, today’s explorers of the unknown, looking for answers to some […]