RV Lance

Lance is a research and expedition vessel, used by the Norwegian Polar Institute and cooperating institutions.

Tent on the ice, at dusk, with Lance in the background. Lance during a scientific cruise in Svalbard. Photo: Paul Dodd / Norwegian Polar Institute

She operates primarily in the Arctic, but has also been used for Antarctic expeditions. Lance’s home base is Tromsø, Norway. During the summer season she normally operates out of Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

At available times, it is possible to hire Lance for cruises, expeditions, scientific cruises and transport – with or without helicopter.



  • +8816 7770 2602 (Iridium 1 sat. phone)
  • +8816 7770 2603 (Iridium 2 sat. phone)
  • +870 7641 38667 (Inmarsat sat. phone)
  • +47 900 19 346 (Duty officer GSM – in harbor only)


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