Polar 4
Expedition 2017

Sailing to the North Pole

4 Missions - 4 Boats


The Project

A unique journey of 4 sailing boats to the North Pole.

What is Polar4?

The Polar 4 expedition is a project of the World Arctic Fund, a team that aims to explore the Arctic with the use of four sailboats. The expedition is spearheaded by Capt. Simone Orlandini, and a group of professional arctic explorers, researchers, and media personnel. Each boat has its own mission to fulfill. This is a 4-week long voyage, which will begin in August 2017.


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The Idea.

The idea of this project was born when Orlandini and a team of filmmakers went to the Arctic in May 2014, to shoot a documentary on climate change. Directed by Teresina Moscatiello, it documents the lives of researchers living in the northernmost permanent settlement in the world: the research village of Ny Ålesund in Svalbard, 78°56’ N – 011°55’E. This former mining site has since been turned into the largest laboratory in the Arctic – a paradise for polar researchers from all over the world. In an interview, Kim Holmén, International Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), said that the most important thing we have to do, is to “spread the word to the world” concerning the climate change in the Arctic, and the problems arising from it. Kim Holmén inspired Orlandini and his filmmaking team to create this project, supporting the researchers to, on the one hand, expand their knowledge of the Arctic by exploring it unknown areas, and on the other hand, to spread that knowledge to the world.

Why the Arctic?

The Arctic has always been a mysteriously fascinating region of our planet. It is the first victim of what we are doing to our world, and reveals crucial data that the researchers need to understand the current climate changes and global warming. It is also home to many cold-loving organisms that have yet to be discovered. Studies show that only 2% of the living organisms in the Arctic have been identified. The remote location and harsh conditions in the Arctic make it difficult for explorers and navigators to reach this area. But these challenges have also fascinated humankind for centuries, and have inspired scores of brave people in the past, to attempt to unlock its secrets. Polar 4 undertakes this Legacy. In recent years, the ice in the Arctic has started to melt rapidly. Thus, nowadays, it is possible to sail much further into the Arctic, than in the past. According to research by Chun-Juan Wang et al., the extent of the sea ice reached its fourth lowest minimum record on September 11, 2015, and it is expected that in the summer of 2020, the whole Arctic region will be completely ice-free.


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The Partners

The expedition would not be possible without our national and international partners.

• Arvintel Media • Associazione "Amici di U. Nobile" • British Antarctic Survey (BAS) • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) • Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society • Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation • Nuclear Age Peace Foundation • Società Geografica Italiana • Orlandini Quality Food in Parma • Rebis Film GmbH • South African National Space Agency (SANSA) • Sinafilm GmbH • Università di Chieti • Università di Firenze (Dipartimento di Chimica"Ugo Schiff") • Università di Venezia • Università Europea di Roma • Università Genova • Global Cities Covenant on Climate • Botanic Garden Meise

4 Missions - 4 Boats

Boat 4 Climate/Science:

The Arctic scientists will travel further north in the quest for new data regarding the current situation of the Arctic and its relation to climate change.

Boat 4 Media:

State of the art broadcasting instruments will be placed to record all the daily happenings with each team. It will also be the home of celebrities that support our expedition and advocacy.

Boat 4 Map:

The team will create a precise picture of the Arctic, since the Arctic has been drastically changing.

Boat 4 Discovery:

The team will focus on finding the wreck of the airship Italia, which was the carrier of a second expedition lead by one of the founding fathers of Arctic exploration, Umberto Nobile. This is also the first attempt to find the remains of the ship since its crashed in 1928.

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