What we do
The Norwegian Polar Institute is a directorate under the Ministry of the Climate and Environment. The Institute’s activities are focused on environmental management needs in the polar regions. We produce scientific knowledge, conduct mapping and provide professional and strategic advice to the Norwegian authorities. We are present in the Arctic and the Antarctic, operate research stations, carry out expeditions and are the owners of the research vessel Kronprins Haakon. The institute is the environmental authority for Bouvetøya and for Norwegian activity in Antarctica.