No2No 2019

Photo : Michel André

Nanuq 2019 : say no to no - Norway, from the Lofoten to Bergen

Happy 2020 (December 31, 2019)

Photo Peter Gallinelli // Obbola, Sweden 2015

The Nanuq team whishes you a happy new year 2020.

See you soon for new adventures to come...

[translation : good prospects for the new year]

NANUQ teaser (November 30, 2019)

By Dorothée Adam

Rendez-vous at the CERN globe (October 14, 2019)

POLARQUEST2018 : A polar expedition combining adventure, science and history

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
CERN - Globe of Science and Innovation

During the summer of 2018, an international team of explorers, scientists and science communicators board the Nanuq sailboat, trying to locate the wreck of the Umberto Nobile airship that crashed on the pack ice 90 years earlier. Like the 1928 aerial laboratory, POLARQUEST2018 conducted several scientific experiments on board.

Screening of the POLARQUEST documentary made for Ushuaia TV (2019) followed by a discussion with some members of the expedition and the director.
Documentary in French subtitled in English
Discussion in French
Free admission - Registration required on

Polarquest at the IMMF (October 10, 2019)

The Polarquest documentary was part of the International Maritime Film Festival – the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking – celebrates the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. A gala awards event was hosted on September 27-29, 2019, at Bucksport’s state-of-the-art Alamo Theatre.

A submarine for Nanuq? (1st of August 2019)

Weeks of crew sailing are also the occasion for developments like this submarine project dedicated to the monitoring of various parameters characterizing the ocean. If such probes exist, this project provides inteded to create a scalable and low-cost infrastructure, particularly adapted to citizen science, while meeting the quality requirements of laboratories and academic institutions.

Figure 1: Sketch of the captive 'submarine', 'maneuvered' with a rope. Synchronous motor drive will come later. First of all we intend to draw vertical temperature profiles. The depth is measured by a pressure sensor.

Figure 2: The electronic components: articulated around a Raspberry-PI and Yoctopuce sensors whose quality, reliability and ease of integration make it a system of choice. We also have acamera that documents the measurements at the sampling frequency of 1 Hz. The sensors used, from top to bottom are : temperature, inertial platform (3D) and pressure (depth).

The modules were kindly provided by Yoctopuce :
... get your stuff connected.

As often, when we engage into new adventures, there is also the share of unknowns. The submarine still suffers from sealing problems that should can only be solved with terrestrial means; possibilities on board are limited and access to specific components is often difficult or impossible to improvise en route; our frustration.

More to come!

Nanuq and Aqualti Collaboration (July 20, 2019)

The association Aqualti and Nanuq agree on a collaboration forming an experienced team and two structures that work hand in hand to confront the elements and support scientific research projects in complex terrains and remote areas: AQUALTI in the mountains, NANUQ at sea.

Combining science and environmenta research in difficult environments, AQUALTI intervenes in the mountains (high-altitude lakes) and its counterpart NANUQ at sea (Arctic routes). The structure supports scientific missions with the support of universities and research laboratories.

The missions are intended to complement the scientific data on micropollutants and microplastics, and to raise awareness among the general public.

The catamaran with its manta net = the Mantamaran Aqualti. Photo credit: Lucas Bernard

The 'mantamaran', a contraction of Manta and Catamaran, is a platform specifically designed by Aqualti to collect surface samples of lakes in alpine environments. Driven by an electric thruster, the platform can safely carry four people and scientific equipment on sheltered waters. The structure is portable and can be divided into 4 bags of 20kg for a possible portage on the back of man (design Peter Gallinelli and Frédéric Gillet, with the support of the University Savoie Mont-Blanc, University Paris Est-Créteil , CNRS funding and Eau Neige Ice Foundation).

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Award-winning documentary (May 20, 2019)


The documentary by Dorothée Adam and Alwin Courcy is awarded at the Terres travel festival in Spain; Nanuq is the main actor.

Congratulations Dorothée Adam and Alwin Courcy !!

See :

Nanuq on Ushuaia TV (March 9, 2019)

This Saturday in prime time on Ushuaia TV : TV report PolarQuest 2018

Here is the link to the teaser and other release dates:

Le passive igloo at Passi'bat 2019 (February 28, 2019)

Invited to the National Congress of Passive Building to be held on April 16 & 17 at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, Peter Gallinelli will talk about the passive igloo.


Forum Energie in Zurich (February 5, 2019)

Forschung für die nächste Generation / Die Arktis als Labor für ein Passivhaus

Ziel des «passive igloo project» ist eine Unterkunft zum Wohnen und Arbeiten - genauer ein Segelboot - im arktischen Winter ausschliesslich mit erneuerbarer Energie zu versorgen. Das Motto: Wir kommen nur weiter, wenn wir unsere Komfortzone verlassen - minus 40°C ohne aktive Heizung? Wie weit kommen wir mit passivem Design? Gleichzeitig stellen sich Fragen zu unseren Lebensgewohnheiten.

Referenten: Peter Gallinelli, Architekt, Forscher & Dozent, Passive Igloo Project, Genf

Dienstag, 5. Februar 2019

17.15 - 19.00 Uhr, anschliessend Apéro

Moderation: Annuscha Schmidt, Präsidentin Forum Energie Zürich

Ploughmarks on seabed (January 21, 2019)

While searching for the lost airship north-east of Svalbard, an unexpected observation was made: deep 'scratches' can be observed in the seabed. These are thought to be due to the keels of partially stranded icebergs or ice sheets.

How old are they?

Most likely they come from the Ice Age (Pleistocene). In the Western Spitsbergen these kind of bottom structures were dated for 24 000 years (Zhao et al., 2017, Quaternary Science Reviews161).

Soundings : taken from Nanuq (PolarQuest 2018)
Images : processed by Aleksandra Kruss (Norbit)

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