Since 2003 Cape Farewell has led eight expeditions to the Arctic, and one to the Peruvian Andes, taking artists, scientists, educators and communicators to experience the effects of climate change firsthand. By physically sailing to the heart of the debate, Cape Farewell aims to draw people's attention to the effects of ocean currents on us and our climate - revealing the workings of this crucial part of the planet through scientific experiments, film, live web broadcasts, events, exhibitions and the insight of artists and educators. From these expeditions has sprung an incredible body of artworks, exhibitions, publications and educational resources. Each journey is a catalyst for all our subsequent activity.
This July Cape Farewell embarks on its biggest project yet, in partnership with Cove Park: a month-long expedition by boat across the Scottish islands from Oban across the Western Isles of Scotland to Lewis.
Svalbard and Spitsbergen
In September 2010 Cape Farewell launched it's eighth expedition to the Arctic. For 22 days the crew of 20 including marine scientists, writers, musicians, architects and artists sailed around Svalbard and Spitsbergen.
Andean Rainforests, Peru
In June 2009 Cape Farewell led our first expedition outside of the Arctic to the Andes in Peru. Trekking from 4,000m above sea level to 200m, they visited shrinking glaciers, cloud forests, lower forests, areas of deforestation and the Amazon.
West Coast of Greenland
In September 2008, Cape Farewell travelled to the West coast of Greenland. They began their 10 day journey in Kangerlussuaq, visiting the spectacular Disko Bay area with a crew dominated by an international array of musicians.
Greenland and Baffin Island
In conjunction with British Council Canada, Cape Farewell launched it's second Youth Expedition in September 2008. The international crew of 28 young people sailed from Svalbard to Cape Farewell, before crossing to Greenland and finishing on Baffin Island.
East Coast of Greenland
The 2007 expedition was an epic journey sailing over 1800 nautical miles and encountering gale force nine winds. Taking almost three weeks the expedition brought together twenty artists and scientists from seven countries.
Longyearbyen to Ny-Alesund
Locked in Ice, Spitsbergen
The Cape Farewell team embarked on their third fieldwork expedition in March 2005, where they battled temperatures of -30°C to join the Noorderlicht locked in ice at Tempelfjorden, just north of the 79th parallel.
Spitsbergen via Bear Island
In May 2003 a group of scientists, educators and artists set sail aboard The Noorderlicht on Cape Farewell's first Arctic expedition - a voyage that tok them from Tromsø to Spitsbergen via Bear Island.