September 4, 2018 Expedition complete! Nanuq arrives in Tromsø
After crossing the Barents Sea, Polarquest2018 crew enjoyed the wonderful coast of northern Norway. Sailing through endless fjords, the team welcomed the end of the mission exploring the wilderness, lighting fires on the beach and admiring auroras. The voyage has now ended, Nanuq being at anchor in Tromsø harbour.
August 30, 2018 Crossing the Barents Sea
“Abbiamo terminato ieri sera la traversata del Mare di Barents. È stata una navigazione piuttosto impegnativa, anche per le condizioni del mare, non proprio gentilissime. Nanuq ha passato la notte all’ancora presso Tufjord, piccola baia a Nord della Norvegia. Ne abbiamo approfittato per una breve passeggiata a terra. Riprendiamo ora la navigazione verso dei fiordi […]
August 23, 2018 Exploring an abandoned Russian town
Nanuq docked at Pyramiden today, a Russian settlement and former coal-mining town on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. Since coal-mining activities ceased in 1998, its has remained largely abandoned with most of its infrastructure and buildings still in place.
August 22, 2018 Nanuq completes circumnavigation of Svalbard!
On 22 August 2018, 21:30 local time, Polarquest2018’s sailboat Nanuq successfully completed the circumnavigation of the Svalbard archipelago. It closed the loop in Isfjord, just outside Longyearbyen, where the Svalbard leg of the expedition started on 4 August. Read the press statement: Polarquest2018: mission accomplished! (English, Italian)
August 21, 2018 Arrival at Magical Hornsund
The PolarQuest team docked at the Polish Polar research station at Hornsund, where they received a warm welcome from the research team there! After wonderful conversation, the team went on to explore the area – spotting 3 polar bears and a whale! Read about the full encounter in Paola Catapano’s latest dispatch.
August 20, 2018 Encounter with Albedo – a rowboat circumnavigating Svalbard!
You never know what – or who! – you will encounter in the Svalbard. While returning to Longyearbyen, the PolarQuest team met with Albedo, a special rowboat from Sweden which had just completed the circumnavigation of Svalbard! Glenn and Soren, the two Swedes on board, are biologists and expert kayakers. They were carrying out this […]
August 16, 2018 Search for bouy leads to polar bear encounter!
The team went in search of RINGO today, a buoy deployed right on the geographical North Pole in April 2016 by Frederic Vivier. The search by foot came to an abrupt halt, however, when the team encountered… a polar bear! Paola Catapano describes: “Once again, a polar bear encounter is in the way of RINGO! […]
August 15, 2018 AURORA teams create 3D model of Alpiniøya island
While exploring Alpiniøya island by drone, PolarQuest2018 team members Mike Struik (PolarQuest 2018 Technical Coordinator) and Gianluca Casagrande (Italian Geographical Society and European University of Rome) performed an expeditive aero-photogrammetric survey of Alpiniøya. Read their full project update here, or our recent update about the AURORA project (in Italian) here.