Kronprins Haakon, following the stern wave of Fram

Being a pioneer and an ambitious researcher not letting any obstacle stand in his way, Nansen’s ambition was to explore the Arctic further north than anyone else. To do that, he would have to deal with a problem that many polar explorers had encountered before him: the freezing ice that could crush a ship.

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Why do we need to understand the physical controls and drivers of the Arctic Oceans?

Trying to understand and model the ecosystem development or future climate without understanding the basic physical controls can be compared to driving a car without knowing how the steering, throttle, and brakes function; even if you had a good overview of the road ahead you wouldn’t know at what speed and in what direction your car would move.

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NEWS: Launching a new era of Norwegian polar research.

Leading the way for a new era of Norwegian polar research, Kronprins Haakon arrived at the first Norwegian harbour, Bergen. The vessel is an icebreaker, a floating laboratory and a research platform equipped with complex instrumentation for exploration of marine ecology, morphology and geology of the seabed. Thus, Kronprins Haakon will be the largest and most advanced platform that the Nansen Legacy will operate from.

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