" For the next two weeks, our floating house is called Kamak. She is a 25-meter-long boat coming from Paimpol in Brittany. "

The
Movie_

79°59'28.304" N 25°29'36.101" E

Date

June 2022

A film by

Olivier Sautet

Photographer

Matt Georges & Anthony Lietart

Story

 

79° NORTH


The D-day is approaching, and my excitement is through the roof. This trip was two years in the making, and it is finally happening. I'm increasingly worried of forgetting something, so I'm making lists of all the gear I need. I've previously gone on trips in cold places, but I’ve never done anything like this. To tell you the truth, I still have a hard time comprehending where we are going.

A documentary is running on my computer while I continue packing. Base layers, ski socks, ski gloves? Do I really need ski gloves? Rather than ask, I take them. Just in case, as they say. That’s something I said with just about every accessory I added to my bag, on top of my winter jacket and ski pants.

Where exactly are we going? To Svalbard, an archipelago located north of Norway. The islands range from 74° to 81° north latitude. Keep in mind that the Arctic Circle is very close at 66°30’ N. The people I talk to don't really realize where it is, and I don't think I do either. I don't go into details when they ask, "So, Paul, where is your next trip?" I just reply, "On an island north of Norway," and let them imagine what they want.

Such a trip has an impact on our planet.In order to reduce our footprint, we have chosen to fly only once every three years for our photoshoots.
Our last two trips were in France and Galicia.We have offset the carbon footprint of "79° NORTH" with 58 tons of CO2 on goldstandard.org.
We chose a project in Cambodia, where our wetsuits are assembled.

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"The first session starts slowly. I put on my 6.4 hooded wetsuit and my 5mm booties without forgetting my pair of gloves. It is impossible to start with a kite from a sailboat because of the shrouds and the limited space."

79°59'28.304" N 25°29'36.101" E

Musics

  • YEHEZKEL RAZ

    - A Journeys Epilogue -
  • HALF MOON RUN

    - Warmest Regards -
  • FLAVIEN BERGER

    - 999999999 -
  • YEHEZKEL RAZ

    - Eleven Hours a Night by Odds -

"The cellular network has left us for good. Strangely enough, we all suddenly feel closer to one another."

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warm

Olivier Sautet
About
Olivier likes to work alone. His projects are labeled with his own touch, there is no doubt that you will directly recognize his work… proof of his immense talent.
79°59'28.304" N 25°29'36.101" E

"Olivier has been talking about going for a swim only in his swim trunks since the beginning of this trip. It’s now or never."

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amazed

“On Svalbard, there are about 2,500 inhabitants for 3,000 polar bears, so the chances are high for us to see one.

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