Polar 4 expedition by World Arctic Fund

The Polar 4 expedition is a project of the World Arctic Fund.

The aim of Polar 4 is to explore the Arctic with sailing boats, spearheaded by Capt. Simone Orlandini,

and a group of professional arctic explorers and researchers plus a special media crew. Each team has its own mission to fulfill:

Polar North 4 Discovery, Polar South 4 Science, Polar East for Media and Polar West for mapping.

The expedition will be 4 weeks long.

The idea for 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. The film documented the lives of researchers living in the northernmost permanent settlement in the world: the village of Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard, 78°56´N – 011°55´E. This former mining site has been turned into the largest laboratory in the Arctic and has become a paradise for polar researchers from all over the world.

Kim Holmén, International Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), said in an interview, that the most important thing we need 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 the filmmaking team to create this project in supporting the researchers to initially expand their knowledge of the Arctic by exploring its unknown areas and on the other hand to spread that knowledge to the public.

On the discovery team, a group of historians and salvors are on the mission to find a piece of history.

In 1928, the airship Italia, commanded by Umberto Nobile, one of the founding fathers of Arctic exploration, crashed on the way back from the North Pole, killing part of the crew and leaving the survivors stranded on the pack ice. In the largest sea-and-air rescue mission in history, eight of them were saved seven weeks later. After almost nine decades, our team on this boat will pioneer the search for the wreck of this historic aircraft.




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