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Adventures for the environment

From the Arctic ocean of Svalbard to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, our team has ventured around the world in scientific exploration. Discover our many projects on this page and learn how you can contribute to upcoming expeditions.

Polarquest 2021

Save the White

Polarquest2021: Save the White was an Arctic research expedition to the Svalbard Archipelago carried out on board the record-breaking Best Explorer. Polarquest Association partnered with Arctic Sail Expeditions-Italia for the organization of this expedition.

The expedition explored the impact of human activity on the archipelago: sampling the driftwood and plastic we leave behind, and monitoring impact of climate change on biodiversity through eDNA sampling.

Polarquest2021 crossed the 80th parallel North, into uncharted waters in the Northeast of the Svalbard archipelago. The team carried out first-of-a-kind mapping by air and sea, giving testimony to the state of the Arctic environment in the northernmost regions of Svalbard.

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Survey of Greenland’s coasts

An expedition and survey of the coasts of Greenland, visiting select places in order to describe its unique environment and features. The mission aimed for the Blosseville coast which, due to its volcanic origin, makes it very interesting to environmental science. Its unique ecosystems can give clues to future development induced by climate change.


“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”


Mahatma Gandhi

Polarquest 2018

World-record mission around the Svalbard archipelago

Our iconic expedition! In 2018, Polarquest team carried out the world-first complete circumnavigation of the entire Svalbard archipelago with a sailing boat.

Mission highlights:

  • Recording of the world’s first sea-level data up to the latitude of 82°07’N.
  • First visit to the crash spot of the Italia airship, on its 90th anniversary.
  • Detailed studies of mico- and nano-plastic pollution in the Arctic, including the record latitude sampling.
  • First 3D mapping of the Northern Svalbard coasts using drones.

Visit the polarquest 2018 site

previous Expeditions

From the Atacama desert to the Amazon rainforest, the team have covered the globe in their scientific explorations. Learn about these expeditions, carried out from 2006 to 2014 before the formal creation of the Polarquest Association.



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