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AGENDA

2018
Nanuq 2018 : Iceland - Svalbard - Norway


Map: planned route 2018 - background © worldwind NASA bluemarble 2014

After a farewell meal at the best fish restaurant in the world in Isafjordur, we will cast off for a first leg to sail from Iceland to Svalbard. If possible, we will rub shoulders with the ice edge. There is opportunity of a stopover on Jan Mayen, 'the most stormy island in the Northern hemisphere' and arguably one of the most exotic, on our way during the more than 1200 miles crossing.

The 2018 agenda revolves around the PolarQuest 2018 project in collaboration with the PolarQuest association. During an attempt to circumnavigate the archipelago during the first three week of August, we will follow the tracks of the Italian airship lost in 1928 off the N-E territories. Different scientific projects will accompany these explorations.

After a final incursion into the alpine and glacial fjords of Spitsbergen, the third leg will take us to the North Cape, the summit of Europe, after a stop at Bear Island and the crossing of the Barents Sea. This will be followed by sheltered coastal navigation along one of the most beautiful coasts of Norway, in the possible light of the first aurora borealis.

Calendar

Leg 13
Crossing Iceland to Svalbard, via Jan Mayen
1200 nautical miles / 14 days
boarding : 21 July
arrival : August 1st
style : big upwind crossing
100.- CHF/person/day
more information...

Crew                            

Leg 14
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen (Svalbard)
Attempt to circumnavigate Svalbard; PolarQuest 2018 expedition
1200 nautical miles / 21 days
boarding : August 4
arrival : August 23 (disembarkation August 24)
style : coastal navigation and remote arctic exploration
150.- CHF/pesron/day including food, drinks and fuel
more information...

Crew                            

Leg 15
Longyearbyen to Tromsö (NO)
900 nautical miles / 10 days
boarding : August 24
arrival : September 4 (disembarkation September 7)
style : small crossing (2-3 jours), coastal navigation
100.- CHF/person/day
more information...

Crew                            

Total
3500 milles (~6500km)
duration : 7 weeks

State of reservations on February 15, 2018  
    Reserved
    Pre-reservation
    Free berths
    Backup berths

2017

Nanuq 2017 - Greenland West and East coasts


Map: planned route 2017 - background © worldwind NASA bluemarble 2014

The route has a total distance of 1650 nautical miles. We will start in Maniitsoq on the West coast of Greenland from where we will sail south via Prins Christian Sund to the East-coast, north end eventually set over to Iceland.

The voyage consists of three ~two weeks legs, depending on distances, conditions (weather, ice, daylight hours) and drop points that can be easily reached by plane.

A five days stop in the Tasiilaq region will allow us to document ongoing scientific work.

During all legs we will meet people as opportunities occur, get to discover wild and untouched scenery and icebergs. We are likely to encounter arctic wildlife such as seal, whales, seabirds, polar bears...

Flights
Maniitsoq and Narsarssauq are served daily with www.airgreenland.com
Kulusuk is served every day with www.airiceland.is
Isafjordur is served by bus and plane
Travel between Europe and Iceland is possible by ferry or plane

Agenda

Leg 10
Greenland S-W coast
Maniitsoq - Narsarsuaq
400 nautical miles
duration : 15 jours
boarding : 7 juillet
arrival : 21 juillet (debarkment the 22th)
style : mostly sheltered navigation, exploration of wilderness, discovery of glaciers, icebergs and arctic summer

Leg 11
Narsarsuaq - Kulusuk (Tasiilaq)
via Prins Christian Sund (ice permitting) and the wild S-E coast
600 nautical miles
duration : 16 days
boarding : July 22
arrival : August 5 (debarkment the 6th)
style : coastal navigation with drifting ice, unihabited wild scenery, alpine environment

Leg 12
Kulusuk (Tasiilaq GL) - Isafjordur (IS)
via Kangerdlugssuaq, Mikis Fjord and the very wild Blosseville coast (if possible)
550 nautical miles
duration : 15 days
boarding : August 10
arrival : August 24 (debarkment the 25th)
style : coastal navigation, drifting ice, unihabited wild scenery, alpine environment, small crossing (200-300M, 1-2 days)

Total
1650 nautical miles (~3000km)
duration : 7 weeks

 

AGENDA - Expedition "Nanuq 2015-2016"

One year, 5 chapters : summer 2015 > autumn 2015 > winter 2015-2016 > spring 2016 > summer 2016

2016


Map: planned route 2016 - background © worldwind NASA bluemarble 2014

The route has a total distance of 1600 nautical miles. We will start in the high arctic region of N-W Greenland from where we will sail south via Melville Bay to the impressive W-coast, the alpine Upernavik and Ummanaq districts and Disco Bay renown for its huge icebergs. After a short stop in Aasiaat we will head further south following the sheltered inshore route to visit the alpine fjord region around Maniitsoq and eventually reach Nuuk, the capital.

The voyage is divided into three legs of two weeks depending on distances, conditions (weather, ice, daylight hours) and drop points that can be easily reached by plane. During all legs we will meet people as opportunities occur, get to discover wild and untouched scenery and icebergs. We are likely to encounter arctic wildlife such as seal, whales, seabirds...

Relatively short distances of approx. 50 nautical miles per day allow plenty of time for exploration on land: hiking, mountain climbing, observation.

Leg 7
N-W coast of Greenland
Qaanaaq - Upernavik
530 nautical miles (420 direct)
duration : 15 days
boarding : July 13 (flights available every Wednesday - operated by Air Greenland)
arrival : July 27 (debarkment on July 28)
style : crossing (Melville bay ~200 miles), coastal navigation and exploration, ice

Leg 8
Upernavik - Ilullissat
including 5 days in the Ummanaq region
580 nautical miles (320 direct) including 240 nautical miles in the Ummanaq region
duration : 14 days
boarding : July 28 (flights Copenhague Upernavik on July 27-28)
arrival : August 11 (debarkment on August 12)
style : coastal navigation and exploration, alpine environment, ice

Variant:
boarding Upernavik : 28 juillet
arrival Sisimiut : August 19 (debarkment on August 20)
dure : 23 jours

Leg 9
Ilullissat - Nuuk, via Sisimiut 19 August
460 nautical miles (320 direct) including 120 nautical miles in the Maniitsoq region
duration : 14 days
boarding : August 11 (flights Copenhague Illulisat on August 10 -11)
arrival : August 24 (debarkment on August 25)
style : protected coastal navigation, wilderness, ice

Total
1600 nautical miles (~3000km)
duration : 6 weeks

1 nautical mile = 1.852 km


2015


Map: planned route for 2015 - background © worldwind NASA bluemarble 2014

The route has a total distance of 4500 nautical miles (one way). We will sail from warm and densely populated Scandinavia via Iceland to snow and ice-covered Greenland, the green (and fairly warm) West-coast and up to the arctic north in the Qaanaaq region. The voyage is devided into six legs of 9-16 days depending on the distances, conditions (weather, ice, daylight hours) and drop points that can be easily reached by plane.

Leg 1
Copenhague - Torshavn (Feroes) : 27/06 - 05/07 : 9 days 850 NM
via Kattegat, Skagerrak, North Sea and Orkney Islands, passage to the Feroe Islands (1-2 days)
Crew: 11

Leg 2
Torshavn - Reykjavik (Iceland) : 06/07 - 17/07 : 12 days 920 NM
passage to Iceland East coast (1-2 days), North coast, Grimsey (on the arctic circle), cape Horn and the NW fjords
Crew: 11

Leg 3
Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq (Greenland) : 18/07 - 02/08 : 16 days 980 NM
passage to Greenland (aprox. 3 days), coasting along icy SE coast and the SW fjords, ice cap
Crew: 11

Leg 4
Narsarsuaq - Sisimiut (Greenland) : 03/08 - 15/08 : 13 days 620 NM
icy waters, mountains and numerous fjords, crossing of the arctic circle
Crew: 8

Leg 5
Sisimiut - Upernavik (Greenland) : 16/08 - 30/08 : 15 days 540 NM
bay of Disko and up to 72° north, end of the arctic summer, first snow
Crew: 8

Leg 6
Upernavik - Winter camp (Qaanaaq region / Greenland) : 31/08 - 15/09 : 16 days 570 NM
Exploration of the surrounding fjords. Installation of winter camp during last week of September
Crew: 6


Autumn 2015

During autumn, we will set up the winter camp : the boat must be prepared, windmills set up and measuring instruments installed. This will be tough work with daylight becoming shorter each day and the first snow-falls and likely storms in September. The summer crew will quit the boat when the iceshelf has formed ... by the end of October.


Qaanaaq region : 77° latitude North © worldwind NASA bluemarble 2014

Winter 2015/2016

During the winter, conditions will be cold and dark. The sun will set for a three months lasting night - and exotic polar lights. This is an invitation to living and working in the extreme. Life on board and scientific investigations will go on throughout the winter. Keen to join us during this period? Get in touch...

Spring 2016

Still cold, plenty of ice and everlasting daylight. The ideal period and an invitation for exploration of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, iceshelf, fjords and culture. Welcome on board. Get in touch...

 

Timeline

Phase 1 : 2010 - 2014 boat building and tuning - completed
Peter Gallinelli & family
YCC (Yachting club CERN) members
Partners

Phase 2 : 2014 - 2015 expedition preparation - completed
Peter Gallinelli, Haude Morel, Kalle Schmidt, Frédéric Gillet
Members ACAPELA

Phase 3 : 2015 summer expedition - completed
Permanent crew : Peter Gallinelli, Kalle Schmidt, Jakob Gallinelli, Ilona Werlen
Members ACAPELA
Logistics science : Frédéric Gillet

Phase 4 : 2015-2016 winter expedition - completed
Permanent crew : Peter Gallinelli
Temporary support crew : Kalle Schmidt, Jakob Gallinelli
Logistics : Dolores Gonzalez
Logistics science : Frédéric Gillet

Phase 5: 2016 summer expedition - completed
Permanent crew : Peter Gallinelli, Mathilde Gallinelli
Members ACAPELA
Logistics : Dolores Gonzalez
Logistics science : Frédéric Gillet

Phase 6: 2016-2017 expedition report and feedback - completed
Peter Gallinelli & all
Permanent crew : Peter Gallinelli, Mathilde Gallinelli

Logistics science : Frédéric Gillet

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acapela & peter.gallinelli March 2018