I have been really enjoying my experiences in Norway these past few months. One of the highlights was the IPY Celebration event for Norway held at the Fram Museum in early March. It was exciting to hear about all the great IPY projects that are happening here in Norway and the amazing results that are being produced. Norway is actively recruiting young researchers and have a number of job opportunities, as well as research collaboration potentials. For more information on these projects, visit http://www.polaryear.no/seksjoner/english.
The venue for the IPY event was the Fram Museum in Oslo. The Fram was the strongest vessel in the world, and the one sea-going vessel that has been the farthest both to the north and the south. Inside the museum you will be able to walk onboard the fully restored ship and take your mind back in time to the early days of Polar Exploration.
In addition to the Fram, the museum tells the story of the Norwegian polar expeditions, who also represent international history in the field of polar exploration: Nansen's journey across the Polar ocean and his attempt to go to the North Pole, Sverdrup's expedition to Greenland, a voyage where more than 200 000 square kilometers of unchartered land was discovered, and Amundsens journey to the South Pole, the discovery of the Northwest Passage and his attempt to reach the North Pole by plane and airship. For more information on the Fram and the great explorers from the Heoric age, visit the museum website: http://www.fram.museum.no/en/.
I know that a number of you will be traveling through Tromsø on your way to Svalbard for research or field schools this summer. I would be happy to meet with you on your way through Tromsø and show you the great city in which I live. Feel free to contact me anytime for a personal tour! --- Happy Spring/Fall :)