Arctic Mission

Raider Bivouac 9000 indicates the Greenwich Mean Time

Welcome to Arctic Mission

An exploration programme, led by renowned explorer Pen Hadow and
skipper Erik de Jong, attempting the first voyage by yacht to the North Pole to conduct vital scientific research in this most unique and fragile environment.


Arctic Mission

On 14 August, Arctic Mission, led by British explorer Pen Hadow and skipper Erik de Jong, set sail on an amazing expedition by yacht to explore, discover and share the previously unseen wildlife and ecosystem of the ocean around the North Pole.

This voyage of discovery will also show why the survival of its wildlife may now face serious threats because so much of the summer-time sea ice no longer protects it from commercial exploitation.

So welcome aboard, as we make one of history’s most extreme and urgent voyages, putting everything on the line to explore this little-known and now vulnerable ecosystem in our planet’s overall life-supporting system.

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Supporting Arctic Mission 2017’s main sponsor, Switzerland’s second oldest watchmaker, the iconic #FavreLeuba, this week in Switzerland ... while wearing its Harpoon model and exploring further its pioneering Bivouac watch with its dial-based barometer/altimeter.

Arctic Ocean sea-ice loss is habitat loss, it’s as simple as that. Marine life dependent on sea ice lives ABOVE (eg gulls), ON (eg polar bear), IN (eg plant-life), and UNDER (eg Arctic cod).

An interesting, if incomplete ‘voyage’. In pushing too far north it had to be rescued/collected by a Russian icebreaker (or otherwise be abandoned/lost).

Good news, indeed.

Here’s Arctic Mission’s high-achieving marine science programme leader, Tim Gordon, recording a baseline acoustic soundscape under the Arctic Ocean sea ice (top right).

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Arctic Ocean and portrait images by kind permission of Martin Hartley:

Yacht and wildlife images by kind permission of Erik de Jong:

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