“The Story of Nowhereisland began in 2004, when artist Alex Hartley discovered an island (Nyskjaeret), which had been revealed from the melting ice of a retreating glacier in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, whilst on a Cape Farewell expedition.
Alex was the first human to ever stand on it and with the help of the Norwegian Polar Institute registered the island on all future maps and charts.
In September 2011, Alex returned to the Arctic with an expedition team formed from some of the UK’s brightest minds. He retrieved the island territory, with the permission of the Governor of Svalbard, and on reaching international waters officially declared Nowhereisland a nation.”
Nowhereisland then embarked upon its 500 mile journey in Weymouth at the opening of the Olympic Games.