The Norwegian Polar Institute is very active in both the Arctic and
the Antarctic. Norway's connections with the Arctic are obvious: the
northern part of the country lies well within the Arctic Circle, and
Norway has sovereignty over the Svalbard archipelago and the small island
of Jan Mayen.
Norway also has territorial claims in Antarctica, namely Queen Maud
Land, Buovetøya and Peter I Island, and is a signatory of the
Antarctic Treaty (1959).
In Svalbard the Sverdrup Research Station operates a variety of research
programmes in addition to regularly measuring radiation, air pollution,
ozone and seismic activity. Support is also offered to the international
In Antarctica the Institute is responsible for the Troll and Tor field
stations and also operates the research vessel Lance.
The Institute publishes the scientific journal Polar Research
twice a year, with articles generally in English. The annual subscription
is 500 kroner.
There is no subsidiary organization for the general polar enthusiast
to join, but the Institute's excellent new website is regularly updated
and most pages are available in English.
Norwegian Polar Institute
Tel: (+47) 77 75 06 36
Fax: (+47) 77 75 05 01