Kronprins Haakon

Chief scientist: Agneta Fransson

Institution: Norwegian Polar Institute


R/V Kronprins Haakon, owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute, is a 100 m long research vessel with home port in Tromsø, Norway, operating all year round in the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, around Svalbard, in the Fram Strait (Svalbard-East Greenland, 79°N) and in Antarctica (Dronning Maud Land). The yearly expeditions include monitoring of polar oceans and sea ice, with regard to biological, physical and chemical parameters and processes, in order to understand the impact of climate change. The ship is equipped with automatic pCO2 measuring system, and sensors for sea surface temperature, salinity, oxygen, dissolved organic matter (CDOM), and chlorophyll-fluoroscence. Kronprins Haakon replaced the former research vessel Lance in 2016 as an ICOS station.


The map below shows the current location of the ship.