This second expedition – Voyage II – will be carried out from 1st September 2017 during a fieldwork period of nine days, where the project will use the ice-strengthened ship M/S Freya as a platform for all of the expedition participants, utilising her for transport, fieldwork and communication. Three further expeditions are planned during the period 2018-2020.
The fifteen interdisciplinary participants will include natural historians, technicians, safety experts, botanists, astronomer, fields artist, geographer et al from Sweden, United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany and France. A further fifteen individuals are involved in the project as ship crew and for the back base.
Voyage II aims to build on knowledge learned from the previous expedition, the observations of Carl Linnaeus’ apostle Anton Rolandsson Martin
(1729-1785), who in the summer of 1758 as one of the first scientific polar explorers set foot on Spitsbergen etc. An in-depth research project including a wide range of disciplines, linked to the 18th century, present-day as well as the future. For instance FIELD STATION | NATURAE OBSERVATIO – the planning to establish an eco-designed automatic scientific field station – a co-operation between the IK Foundation and the LMK Foundation. Whilst other studies on Voyage II will be concentrated to mammal species living in arctic habitats, immune function in High-Arctic birds, meteorological observations, vertebrate fossils and much more.
• Detailed expedition information iPROJECTS | BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS - SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD) – VOYAGE II (2017).