Citizen Science for the planet

Gathering explorers, scientists and communicators for research expeditions in extreme environments. Nuturing and educating the next generation to preserve the wonders of our planet.

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Views from our expedition circumnavigating Svalbard

Cosmic Muon tracks detected

Nautical miles of Arctic Ocean Explored

Our mission

Polarquest is an international team of professional researchers, communicators and explorers with a commitment to the environment, research and education! Through our citizen science expeditions, we’ve given new insights into some of the greatest enigmas of science: from microplastic pollution to the origin of high energy cosmic rays

In addition, we are passionate about communication and education – sharing the impact of human pollution as well as the magic of our planet’s extraordinary natural phenomena.

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our Expeditions

Citizen science from the Arctic to the Amazon.

Polarquest 2021

Upcoming Arctic research expedition to the Svalbard Archipelago.



Circumnavigating Svalbard in our record-breaking mission.



Scientific survey of the coasts of eastern Greenland.

ADDITIONAL expeditions

Expeditions in Antarctica to the Amazon from 2006-2014

Polarquest 2021: our next mission

Polarquest2021 is an Arctic research expedition to the Svalbard Archipelago scheduled to set sail in summer 2021.The Polarquest Association has partnered with Arctic Sail Expeditions-Italia for the organization of this expedition.

We will carry out valuable scientific investigation and communicate about the global catastrophe in progress in the Arctic. Polarquest2021 will build upon the ethos of our pioneering 2018 expedition, with research carried out using technologies that are lightweight, low-cost and – most critically – with a low environmental impact. The expedition will be carried out on board the record-breaking Best Explorer.

Learn more about the 2021 expedition

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Panel Talk: Technologies and Museums for story-telling of places and exploration

9am CEST – Italian Geographical Society, Rome, Italy (online)

Online panel discussion celebrating 95 years of the Airship NORGE.    Join the event



Panel Talk: The North Pole and Beyond

6pm CEST – : GREAL – European University of Rome and Italian Geographical Society (online)

Online panel discussion celebrating 95 years of the Airship NORGE.    Join the event

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“I have got the Arctic lure and will certainly go North again.”


Louise Arner Boyd

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