An epic journey to an area of Greenland rarely visited, sailing over 1800 nautical miles and navigating gale force nine winds with a crew of creatives and scientists.
23 September–10 October 2007
Longyearbyen – Greenland – Iceland
Including Vikram Seth and Marcus Brigstocke
In September 2007 Cape Farewell launched our first youth expedition and fourth Art/Science Expedition. The 2007 Art/Science 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, writers, musicians, comedians and scientists from seven countries around the world, from Australia to Japan, India and the Sahara. This team helped sail the schooner through the seas that hold the key to understanding changes in our weather patterns and climate.
The crew attempted to sail the 78th parallel towards the east coast of Greenland and then south to Scoresby Sund – the world’s largest fjord. However, due to extreme weather and unusual levels of pack ice driven south from the Pole – the Noorderlicht left the 78th parallel after a few days and took a south-westerly route towards Scoresby Sund.
It was an extremely tough crossing, encountering increasing levels of ice as the team neared Scoresby Sund. On arrival the ice proved too thick to navigate and the team were forced to sail further south visiting smaller fjords, including Turner Sund and Knighton Fjord – an area of Greenland rarely visited. The Noorderlicht completed the expedition by crossing the Denmark straights and arriving in the port of Akureyri, North Iceland after 17 days sailing on 10 October 2007.
“Don’t tell me there’s no point in us doing anything about climate change until China does something about it. There’s a lot of stuff that China doesn’t do that is still well worth our while… Human Rights, Democracy and eating Cheddar. There’s three for a start.”Marcus Brigstocke 2007
Supported by Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Bromley Trust, The Ashden Trust, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Iridium, Toshiba and Compton. Proud to partner with Southbank Centre, Eden Project, British Council, National Oceanography Centre: Southampton, International Polar Year 2007/08, Oceanwide Expeditions, Bullet Creative and Initial: an Endemol Company.