The Norwegian Polar Institute

Articles written in collaboration with The Norwegian Polar Institute

Sharing data from unique science survey

Some 100 scientists and technicians involved with a collaborative research expedition on the RV Lance in 2015 are now working on their findings at Norwegian and foreign institutes.

Last changed: 26. August 2016


There is a wealth of bird species in Norwegian waters, ranging from the small dovekie to the great black-backed gull and the plunge diver the northern gannet. Some breed in bird cliffs, while others use Norway as their winter habitat.

Last changed: 21. January 2016

What Is the Arctic?

The Arctic is the area around the North Pole. But there is no simple definition of exactly what area the Arctic encompasses ­– rather, there are several such definitions.

Last changed: 21. January 2016

Drawing the last lines

Reduced ice cover has given added urgency to determining the final unclarified boundaries in the Arctic Ocean. The rules for doing this are set by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Last changed: 20. January 2016

The ice edge – a vulnerable place with lots of life

As the ice melts and moves northwards in the Arctic spring, a productive band teeming with life is created in an otherwise nutrient-poor sea.

Last changed: 07. July 2014

Svalbard – history and significance

The Svalbard archipelago is located in the High Arctic between 74° and 81° north and 10° and 35° east. Two thirds of the islands are covered with ice and snow all year round. 

Last changed: 20. May 2013


The entire life cycle of marine mammals is linked to the sea. 

Last changed: 20. May 2013

Environmental monitoring of Svalbard and Jan Mayen

MOSJ is a system for monitoring the environment on Svalbard and Jan Mayen and the surrounding waters.

Last changed: 20. May 2013

Research on ice-dependent ecosystems in the Arctic

ICE Ecosystems is a research programme that focuses on Arctic species that are threatened by future climate change; ice fauna, zooplankton, polar cod, polar bears, ringed seals and ivory gulls.

Last changed: 20. May 2013

What will ice-free water mean for life in the Arctic?

The Arctic is melting. There is more and more open water in the Arctic Ocean, and melting is faster than ice models can predict.

Last changed: 20. May 2013