The Northwest Passage Expedition has been planned and executed by the Associazione Arctic Sail Expeditions - Italia starting from the year 2010.
The Northwest Passage route has been sailed during summer 2012 setting sail from our operating base in Tromsø, north of Norway, heading toward Iceland, then up the west coast of Greenland, getting then into the maze of the Nunavut archipelago, north of Canada, continuing along the low shores of the North Slope of Alaska and finally descending beyond the Bering Strait to the Aleutians and into the Pacific ocean.
Our boat is hardened from many years of sailing among the ice of the Svalbard Islands, beyond 80° north.
The crew was mainly made up by people used to cope together after long navigations in difficult waters, but included also adventure fans that have proven to be able to smoothly integrate with the rest of the crew.
We had changes of crew each leg. Tasks onboard were shared by all with a natural tendency to stick to the best individually suited ones, with the exception of Salvatore who accepted to document with photos and videos the whole trip.
With our sailboat we followed a route almost completely near or beyond the Arctic Circle.
Along the route we had the opportunity to meet the mysterious Arctic animals with a minimal disturbance, cooperating with each other, facing the difficulties of the outside environment and of the cohabitation in stress conditions, avoiding the useless conflicts so much emphasized by TV series as a normal way of life.
Our experience during several years sailing in the far north teached us to sail among the ice minimizing risks and to enjoy the contact with different people sharing experiences, culture and emotions different from ours and from which we learned a lot about life in extreme conditions.