The crew

Eric Brossier, France Pinczon du Sel and their children are members of the Vagabond crew. Discover more about each member of this surprising family.

Not all families would want to live in the Canadian High Arctic on a sailboat “locked” in the ice. But although the Vagabond may sound like an unusual place to live, this family fills its time (almost) like any other, with school activities (including Inuit lessons), sewing (using seal skin) and outdoor fun (involving a glaciometer and a bathysounder). Clearly, Eric Brossier, France Pinczon du Sel, Aurore and Léonie are no ordinary family.

The expedition

Eric Brossier lives with his family in the northern region of the polar circle, where he works as a scientist. Learn more about his expedition.

76th parallel of the Canadian Far North. Grise Fiord. The most northerly village in the Americas, where temperatures drop as low as –40°C, Grise Fiord is a welcome refuge for Eric Brossier. Working under extreme conditions, Eric spends his days performing scientific research, such as monitoring the growth of the ice pack or studying vocal communication in walruses.

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Extreme Testing

TO SEE THE WORLD MORE CLEARLY, ERIC BROSSIER IS TESTING ESSILOR’S LENSES IN EXTREME CONDITIONS. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXTREME TESTING PROJECT.