october 2 – summer 2023
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A comprehensive expedition with the participation of scientists from Russian and international research centres to explore the high latitudes of the Arctic Ocean on the ice-resistant self propelled platform North Pole

Direction: International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic


Russia’s North Pole 41 drifting polar station, organized by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, has been operating in the Arctic Ocean since 2 October 2022. The project is part of the plan of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023.

The North Pole 41 expedition is the continuation of a long line of research activities that date back to the 1937 landing of polar explorers led by Ivan Papanin. Melting ice has forced scientists onto a specially designed ice-resistant platform from which meteorological, geophysical, hydroacoustic, hydrochemical, hydrobiological, oceanographic, and ecological observations among others are carried out on a daily basis.

The North Pole 41 expedition will wrap up in the summer of 2023.