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We wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

Here a “THANK YOU” from all of us from Akureyri, the capital of Northern Lights with 3 hours of daylight left:

Download our annual report 2017.

Please support our efforts to save Pachamama and to continue to EXPLORE – INSPIRE -ACT in 2018.


We couldn’t find a place to stay in Akureyri for the next month. Our great-grandmother is very weak. Icelandair supports us to see her. That gives us the opportunity to have a meeting with the insurance and to issue a proper passport for Vital. In January we continue with the repairs, – join us! More pictures here!

We agreed to partner with a climate research program next summer in East Greenland:

The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition and Northeast Greenland Caves Project have teamed up for an adventure-based climate research expedition to EAst GREenland.

In the summer of 2018, four scientists and explorers will sail to the Wegener Halvø peninsula of EAst GREenland. Their aim is to explore the region for its caves, map and document their findings, and collect geological samples for climate-change research. By sailing, EAGRE 18 is able to reduce its carbon footprint and undertake an old-style exploratory adventure.

Why is this important?

The Arctic region is changing rapidly, the consequences of which will be felt worldwide. Importantly, we need to know how it will continue to change in the future and one way to achieve this is to learn from periods of past climate change. Greenland has many excellent climate records that have been drilled from the ice sheet, but unfortunately, records from the coast are extremely sparse.

Our mission and goals

Our mission is to address this knowledge gap by constructing records of climate and environmental change from sediments in caves on the Wegener Halvø peninsula, 71.65156, -22.73001.

Our goals are ambitious: (1) Search the peninsula for caves, and explore, map, document and photograph them where they are found. (2) Collect sediment samples from the caves. (3) Construct records of climate and environmental change. (4) Interpret the records for climate information. (5) Engage the public throughout the project on issues of climate change, science, exploration, and adventure. (6) Engage Inuit communities in outdoor activities.

How will we achieve this?

In the summer of 2018, we will sail from Iceland to Greenland in Pachamama, a journey that will take up to one week, dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Two weeks will be spent searching the peninsula for caves. We already know where some may exist, but others are yet to be discovered. The caves, which have never been documented as being entered before, will be explored for the first time, mapped, photographed, and sampled for climate research. Following the research-based part of the expedition, we will engage with Inuit communities along the east coast to bring them valuable outdoor skills such as rock climbing. The samples will be analyzed at the University of Innsbruck by bachelor and master students over the following year. Download the Scientific Abstract EAGRE 18.

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Vielen vielen Dank! – Thank you so much!

Looking for a home

Download our annual report 2017. Hanna Law in Australia is editing it every year since 2008. Thank you very much again, Hanna!IMG_2162

Since the disaster we were busy to safe all our belongings into this container. We also did a “work plan” and a listing of all the damages and the broken equipment to get some order and planning into the chaos. Next week we start to take out the timber inside the boat.


Here the house where we got temporarily shelter. Unfortunately, we could not find a place to stay for the future. Building an Igloo is no option, because of extreme temperature changes. We hope to find accommodation in Akureyri ASAP to be able to repair our boat and home.

There is so much to do; sorry not having time for not responding to the many people contacting us. But we like to send a big THANK YOU to all supporters:

The kids together with Mirjam and Sabine painted wonderful “thank-you-cards”. Unfortunately, we don’t have the address information of the donors. If you did a donation to our “donorbox in Geman” or our “donorbox in English“, please send us your address so that we can send the art to you.IMG_2184IMG_5305

More pictures here!

TOPtoTOP soll weitergehen!
Spende in CHF

(oder auf Bank Konto)

Help TOPtoTOP to continue!
Donate in USD

(or to bank account)

Vielen vielen Dank! – Thank you so much!

Step 1: Cleaning up

Thank you very much for your help and for your thoughts at this very moment. In a situation like this, it is so encouraging to hear from friends all over the world.


Sorry for reporting so late, but we are very busy saving our stuff from the ship into a container. The ship does not leak so much anymore after diver “Erlundur Gudmundsson” put butter into the cracks. Thanks to the low temperatures, the butter freezes and we get some sleep and we do not have to pump anymore so often. It is getting dark and cold up here, but our spirits are still high.

First, we cleaned the floating pier from our broken mooring lines:

We hit the floating dock so heavily that it was like a terrible earthquake. Noe told me that he was hiding under the table in the ship when everything was flying around and the wood was bursting! He told me, he learned that in an emergency drill in Alaska.

The worst was the 20-meter high mast, which was like a destructive whip with every hit. Even the navigation light, which had survived all storms for 17 years, was no match for these mighty forces.

The chaos on the boat is frustrating, especially to find always new destructions:

The temperature is dropping every day with the shorter days. Another snowstorm, but that does not stop our kids from working long hours to save our belongings. Mirjam and Sigi were tireless angels and Sabine had to breastfeed “Vital” from time to time. Dario often works until the early morning to answer the most important emails.


On her second birthday on November 16, Mia found a new intact bed on the ship for herself.


Thanks to Vignir Sigurvinsson, deputy manager of “Elding Whale Watching”, we have a place to stay for the moment. Here we can wash, dry and sort all our things. In the evening we cook for our helpers and sleep between our clothes bags in a warm room together.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are urgently looking for a new place to stay, as the house has already been re-let some time ago.


Tomorrow we hope to have everything in the container. Then we want to get the “Pachamama” tight and protect her against the cold and possible storms.

We struggled the last 10 days because here in Akureyri there is only one shipyard “Slippurinn” that can carry out the repair and they told us that they like to help but are too busy. Finally, they have confirmed to start on February 10th. Until then we will remove the wood in the boat to gain access to the aluminum frames. If we get the funds together, we use the time also to order material and to replace damaged equipment.

We also talked to our insurance company. They sent a ship surveyor on board, who confirmed that the boat is not navigable and require major repairs. It looks like that the insurance covers part of the repairs, but we are very grateful for any donation to cover the additional uninsured costs of our disaster.

More pictures here!

TOPtoTOP soll weitergehen!
Spende in CHF

(oder auf Bank Konto)

Help TOPtoTOP to continue!
Donate in USD

(or to bank account)

Vielen vielen Dank! – Thank you so much!

Exceptional Storm crashed Pachamama


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Watch what happened (edited by Margo Attaya):

Big Storm Crashed Pachamama of the Top To Top Global Expedition from EcolibriumTV on Vimeo.

An exceptional storm crashed Pachamama in Akureyri on Monday the 6th of November 2017 after midnight, when all boat cleats and 35 mm heavy duty ropes collapsed in the huge swell. We were able to navigate to the next floating peer which moved like a furious snake, where we crashed with full force again and again on a concrete floating pier.

All hands were on the pumps to keep Pachamama a float. Not before the storm was decreasing, the rescue team ashore were able to access the float to get the kids from the boat. The fire firefighters came with a bigger pump and the harbour staff organised big truck tires to avoid more damage.

Hard on the kids seeing Pachamama nearly sinking and now to scope with their damaged home.

No idea, how we overcome this challenge, but we just take it step by step and started to save our belongings on board by bringing them ashore…

We are now in Akureyri at the Arctic Circle in Iceland. It is getting cold, but the people are extremely hospital and helpful: They invite us into their homes and “Erlundur Gudmundsson” was even diving for one hour in these freezing waters. He put normal butter into the cracks so that we got a rest from pumping to keep Pachamama afloat!

In this very moment, we reach out to you and are very thankful for any donation that keeps us and the TOPtoTOP project afloat. You can donate here.

Please help and become part of the project of a full recovery of Pachamama so that she is able to play with the dolphins of our Oceans again!


Please find some film and pics from that night in our dropbox and in the TV – and media reports below:

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