Map showing the expedition route around Spitsbergen, Svalbard

2004 Expedition

10 - 26 September 2004

Longyearbyen - Kinvika - Tromsø

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

The second Cape Farewell Art/Science Expedition launched on the 10th September 2004 with the objective of creating art works towards an exhibition in 2006, developing a new GCSE science education module and conducting oceanography measurements and experiments in partnership with the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The expedition combined the arts, science and media with the adventure of the High Arctic expedition. Follow the voyage in the expedition blog.

Live from the expedition

Images, sound and video

Follow our journey and experience the extreme Arctic environment in the daily blogs broadcast direct from the deck of the Noorderlicht, or browse galleries of film and images from the voyage.
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David Buckland and the Noorderlicht

"We've got scientist doing research, teachers explaining what we're seeing, and artists gathering some extraordinary images..." (David Buckland)
Meet the crew of 20 artists and scientists, including Dr Simon Boxall, Quentin Cooper from BBC Radio 4 and artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey. 
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Partners and Sponsors

The expedition was made possible through generous sponsorship and partnerships.
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The Cape Farewell crew circumnavigated Spitsbergen, the main island of the Svalbard archipelago, aboard the Noorderlicht - sailing almost as far North as possible. The oceans they sailed hold the key to measuring and understanding how the planet is warming and to what degree this will effect our urban lives.

The on board scientists involved the whole crew in ocean experiments that monitored these seas - revealing the information and secrets locked under this cold and icy surface. The artists continued their work with the scientists, being inspired by the ice, seas and extreme environment to find new and innovative ways to represent this extraordinary place and the implications of climate change.