The history of The Norwegian Polar Institute

7 March 1928 is the natural date to recognise as the inauguration of the Norwegian Polar Institute. This, after all, was when a unanimous Norwegian Parliament established Norges Svalbard- og Ishavs-undersøkelser (Norway’s Svalbard and Arctic Ocean Research Survey) (NSIU). At the time, state funding was pledged for a mere five-year term. Today, 90 years later, the institution still enjoys strong standing as Norway’s national institute for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic.


Timeline of directors

2017–Ole Arve Misund
2005–2017Jan-Gunnar Winther
1993–2005Olav Orheim
1991–1993Nils Arne Øritsland
1983–1991Odd Rogne
1960–1983Tore Gjelsvik
1957–1960Anders K. Orvin
1948–1957Harald Ulrik Sverdrup
1945–1948Anders Orvin
1928–1945Adolf Hoel