Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

For decades, Antarctica has been the home of science and an example for preservation governance. The International Polar Foundation signed the return of Belgium on the continent with the first ever “zero emission” station: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

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  • The customised Toyota Hiluxes follow a Prinoth on the journey back from the coast - © International Polar Foundation / Jos Van Hemelrijck

    The long journey home from the coast

    Jos Van Hemelrijck recounts the journey home to the Princess Elisabeth station form the coast. On the way, the team gets to test out the new customised Toyota Hiluxes.

  • A swell picture! - © International Polar Foundation / Jos Van Hemelrijck

    Unloading at Breid Bay

    The Princess Elisabeth team heads to Breid Bay to meet the Mary Arctica to unload its cargo and transport it back to the station. A rough sea complicated things, however ...

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One Project, Multiple dimensions


Concept & Design

The design of the Princess Elisabeth Station goes well beyond the package. Every aspect of the station was worked and re-worked to minimize energy and material loss while optimizing performance and space.

Engineering work


The Construction

two seasons of building were needed for the Princess Elisabeth Station to become entirely operational and welcome its first scientists. From 2004 onwards, follow the history of the station as it unfolds.

Construction steps


Zero Emission

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is a puzzle that took existing parts and reassembled them in an innovative way. As a prototype, the station is subjected to perpetual improvements to its efficiency, autonomy, and equipments.

Zero Emission Station


Polar Science

A new station in a vastly unexplored region of Antarctica, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica provides scientists with a wide variety of research environments and the necessary support to conduct their research in the best conditions.

Scientific projects