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News from Antarctica

Interested in what's happening down at Princess Elisabeth? News from the field are posted here regularily to keep you updated about what's going on.

  • The Mary Arctica trapped in the ice - © Royal Arctic Line A/S

    in Logistics

    Situation Becomes Critical at PEA

    Since our latest news item, things have become worse at PEA. The Mary Arctica, which will re-supply the station and is carrying the two helicopters for the German scientists, is…

  • The team helps offloading the Basler DC-3 that just landed - © International Polar Foundation

    in Daily Life, Logistics

    Some Leave, Others Arrive

    On December 23rd, at 7.30 am, the nice weather finally returned. This allowed us to resume the twin-engine DC3/Basler rotations between Novolazarevskaya and our station.

  • Snow accumulation around the station's solar panels - © International Polar Foundation

    in Science, Daily Life, Logistics

    Weather Permitting

    All Antarctic activities are subjected to the law of the elements. This is even truer this season than during the previous ones. Besides the poor weather conditions we had upon…

  • The storm hitting the station - © International Polar Foundation

    in Daily Life

    Storm Warning in Utsteinen

    Hardly had we returned from the BELISSIMA expedition, that the weather changed unexpectedly. Tuesday evening, the bright blue sky turned into a gray horizon in less than four hours. An…

  • Karel Moerman, Paul Herman and Erik Verhagen working on a wind turbine - © International Polar Foundation

    in Infrastructure

    Stormy Weather Loads the Batteries

    This week, the team is busy finishing everything that can be done before the ship reaches the coast, probably around Christmas. This includes all the station interior work and the…

  • The team on its way to the coast - © International Polar Foundation

    in Science, Logistics

    A Successful Trip to the Coast

    At 10 o'clock on Thurday morning, a team led by Alain Hubert left Utsteinen to set up the first base camp of the BELISSIMA project at the coast, some 200km north…