We give you regularly updated news about polar research, management, expeditions, outreach, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, and more.

  • Marine litter knows no borders

  • Norway in the Antarctic

    The folder ”Norway in the Antarctic” is now available in a new and updated version.

  • Quantarctica – A free GIS package for Antarctica

    Quantarctica is a collection of Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, open-source software Quantum GIS. The package is freely available for non-commercial use in research, education, and operation in Antarctica.

  • Joint Norwegian and Japanese Commitment to Polar Research

    The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the Japanese National Institute for Polar Research (NIPR) chose today to strengthen their cooperation on polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic.

  • Why Antarctica is melting?

    Melting at the base of Antarctica's Fimbul Ice Shelf is driven by warm surface water, as well as intermittent pulses of warmer, deeper water.

  • Newly discovered source of heat contributes to Antarctic melting

    Sun-heated surface water contributes towards melting under ice shelves in Dronning Maud Land.

  • A window to the unknown: Lake Vostok has been confirmed opened

    The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) has received official confirmation from Russia that scientists have drilled through the ice to Lake Vostok, a lake under the Antarctic ice cap.

  • South Pole Jubilee Celebration begins

    The Norwegian Polar Institute’s Centenary Expedition South Pole 1911–2011 is participating at the South Pole 14 December, after Jan-Gunnar Winther and Stein P. Aasheim were flown to the South Pole late Monday night.

  • Recovery Lakes, East Antarctica: Radar assessment of sub-glacial water extent

    In 2007 four new large subglacial lakes were reported in the upper reaches of the Recovery ice stream, in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The collective extent of these lakes, whose existence was deduced from satellite data, would have put them among Antarctica’s largest, second only to Lake Vostok.

  • Violation of Antarctic regulations

    The Norwegian Polar Institute, as the competent authority, has made a decision to formally report the expedition leader of the Berserk expedition to Norwegian prosecuting authorities for violation of the Antarctic regulations.

  • Getting ready for season two of ICE Fimbul Ice Shelf

    Preparations for a second season on ICE Fimbul Ice Shelf are well underway. All the equipment, both scientific and personal, is packed into 25 metal zarges boxes, already on their way south.

  • 2010 Antarctic International Film Festival

    The crew at the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Troll Base in Dronning Maud Land has made a contribution to the 2010 Antarctic International Film Festival.

  • The ocean beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf is cold

    The warm deep water found over deep water outside the Fimbul Ice Shelf does not flow directly into the cavity under the ice shelf.

  • We're there!

    Today the expedition arrived at the site M1, where the first hole will be drilled through the ice shelf. The trip here was challenging.

  • A new image mosaic of the Fimbul Ice Shelf

    A mosaic of high resolution mages gives a detailed view of the Fimbul Ice Shelf.