Banner

Pioneering expedition in the Arctic

This summer, a hovercraft will embark upon a research voyage from Svalbard to the North Pole. This will be the first and the northernmost polar expedition undertaken with such a vessel.

”Never before has there been a Norwegian scientific expedition so far north. Not even Nansen or Amundsen made it this far,” says senior geologist Harald Brekke in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

For four summers, the 12-metre long and 6-metre wide hovercraft Sabvabaa (Greenlandic for ”floats quickly over”) has acquired data in the areas north of the ice edge near Svalbard. Between July and September this year, the vessel will engage in activities such as mapping the geology in the submarine Lomonosov Ridge in the far north of the Arctic Ocean. This structure extends across the entire Arctic Ocean from Russia to Greenland and Canada, and was formed 65 million years ago.

While an icebreaker largely has to follow the channels in the ice, a hovercraft can move freely over the ice surface. This gives the researchers much greater freedom to explore the areas in the north.

The NPD is providing financial support for the expedition, while the University of Bergen and the independent research institute, the Nansen Centre, are contributing equipment and personnel. The expedition, christened ”Fram 2012”, will be led by Professor Yngve Kristoffersen.

(Press release)


Related Articles

Norwegian Royals visit Jordan

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have visited one of the world's largest refugee camps in Jordan, together with Foreign Minister Børge Brende...Read more...

Statoil discovers more oil in the North sea

StatoilStatoil has discovered oil close to the Grane-field at Utsirahøyden in the North Sea. The find is expected to consist of between 30 and 80 billion barrels of extractable oil. ..Read more...

Kongsberg receives major contracts for Joint Strike Fighter

Norwegian high-tech firm KONGSBERG has this summer signed contracts with Marvin Engineering and Northrop Grumman to a total worth of MNOK 300.for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme...Read more...

Norwegian Ebola patient recovers

ebolaThe Norwegian health care worker who was infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone has been declared healthy and is no longer infectious.  ..Read more...

Sunday's Telethon: NOK 239 mill so far

Sunday's nationwide NRK TV telethon in support of the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) had by Monday morning netted more than NOK 239 million, a new record...Read more...

Alpine skiing: Lund Svindal out with injury

Norway's alpine ace, Aksel Lund Svindal (31) looks to be out for most of the season after the Achilles' tendon in his left foot snapped during an exercise period in Sølden on Sunday...Read more...

One third of all jobs will be in the health sector in 2060

Health careThe largest wave of seniors is expected from 2020 to 2025, and will lead to considerable growth in the Norwegian labor market. According to Statistics Norway, a third of all employees will be working in the health care sector in 2060. ..Read more...

Stronger focus on the High North in 2015

The Government has long underlined that the High North is Norway’s most important foreign policy area. This was again emphasized in the proposal for next year's fiscal budget...Read more...

Latest poll: Decline for government coalition

While the coalition government of the Conservative Party and the Progress Party celebrated its first year in office, a poll released by Response included a warning by the electorate...Read more...

Yara - CF merger talks called off

Norwegiaan fertilizer producer Yara International and US company CF Industries have terminated their discussions regarding a potential merger of equals transaction...Read more...

Statoil's seventh discovery offshore Tanzania

Norwegian energy provider Statoil and co-venturer Exxon Mobil have announced that the Giligiliani-1 exploration well has resulted in a new natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania...Read more...

Statoil’s president and CEO Helge Lund resigns

President and CEO Helge Lund of Norway's largest oil company Statoil has informed the company's board of directors that he will resign...Read more...

This is what foreign criminals cost Norway

PoliceForeign criminals cost the police, judiciary and correctional services enormous amounts of money. Police now want to deport criminal immigrants sooner in order to reduce the cost.  ..Read more...

Compulsory military service for women

DefenseThe government has decided that women who are fit to serve may be ordered to do military national service, even if it is against their will...Read more...

Major new oil and gas discovery in the Barents Sea

Lundin Norge, opertor of production license 609, has made a significant oil and gas discovery northwest of the Snøhvit Field in the Barents Sea...Read more...

Oslo Børs Benchmark Index_GI (OSEBX)

 

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

WHAT's YOUR OPINION

Should Norway apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics ?

Norwaypost Classifieds

.Partners