Polar Exploration

POlaR ExPlORatiOn

OUR INSPIRATION: a lost airship in the depths of the Arctic waters

On May 25 1928, Airship Italia, commanded by Umberto Nobile, one of the founding fathers of Arctic exploration, crashed on the way back from the North Pole, about 120 km northeast of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard (81°14 N 28°14 E), killing part of the crew trapped in the still drifting airship envelope and leaving the survivors stranded on the pack ice. Read More...

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE OPERATION and a lost polar hero

In the wake of the crash, a collection of nations, including Soviet Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Italy, launched the first polar air and sea rescue effort. Read More...

POLARQUEST will continue the search on board Nanuq with a pioneering attempt at relocating the sunken wreck of Umberto Nobile’s Airship Italia, on the 90th anniversary of its crash, taking advantage of the melting ice in the region for the first time in centuries.

COMPLETE CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

Nanuq will also attempt for the second time to circumnavigate the entire Svalbard archipelago and conclude its 2018 mission in Tromso, Norway.

Airship Italia

Search for the lost airship.

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Expedition Timeline

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Scientific exploration

Learn about our various scientific projects.

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