Archive of past Polarstern missions

The Polarstern spends almost 310 days a year at sea. Between November and March it usually sails to and around the waters of the Antarctic, while the northern summer months are spent in Arctic waters. Since the ship was first commissioned on December 9th 1982 Polarstern has completed a total of more than fifty expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Polarstern Archive lists the expeditions of the research vessel since April 2012, showing the position of the ship with corresponding satellite images and NWP data. If you click on the position of Polarstern, you will see more archive data: the webcam image, a forecast of this day, the SYNOP weather report and the radio sounding. The present schedule for Polarstern cruises lasts until summer 2014.

Polarstern missions are numbered consecutively in Roman numerals preceeded by "ANT" for Antarctica and "ARK" for the Arctic region. Further information on the mission content are available at the Alfred Wegener Institut.

Please note the current rare event, that Polarstern is sailing Antarctic waters during winter time. Here you will find interesting pictures beginning at June 2013.


Expedition

Duration

Description

Region

ANT-XXVIII/5 10 April 2012 - 15 May 2012 Punta Arenas - Bremerhaven Atlantic
ARK-XXVII/1 14 June 2012 - 15 July 2012 Bremerhaven - Longyearbyen Nordic Sea, Greenland Sea
ARK-XXVII/2 15 July 2012 - 30 July 2012 Longyearbyen - Tromso Greenland Sea, Nordic Sea
ARK-XXVII/3 2 August 2012 - 8 October 2012 Tromso - Bremerhaven Nordic Sea
ANT-XXIX/1 27 October 2012 - 27 November 2012 Bremerhaven - Cape Town Atlantic
ANT-XXIX/2 30 November 2012 - 18 January 2013 Cape Town - Punta Arenas South Atlantic
ANT-XXIX/3 20 January 2013 - 19 March 2013 Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas Weddell Sea
ANT-XXIX/4 22 March 2013 - 17 April 2013 Punta Arenas - Port Stanley Scotia Sea
ANT-XXIX/5 18 April 2013 - 29 May 2013 Port Stanley - Cape Town South Atlantic
ANT-XXIX/6 8 June 2013 - 12 August 2013 Cape Town - Punta Arenas South Atlantic, Weddell Sea
ANT-XXIX/7 14 August 2013 - 16 October 2013 Punta Arenas - Cape Town South Atlantic
ANT-XXIX/8 09 November 2013 - 16 December 2013 Cape Town - Cape Town South Atlantic
ANT-XXIX/9 19 December 2013 - 05 March 2014 Cape Town - Cape Town South Atlantic
ANT-XXIX/10 08 March 2014 - 13 April 2014 Cape Town - Bremerhaven Atlantic
ARK-XXVIII/1 CANCELED    
ARK-XXVIII/2 01 June 2013 - 03 July 2014 Bremerhaven – Tromsoe Nordic Sea, Greenland Sea
ARK-XXVIII/3 05 July – 3 August 2014 Tromsoe - Tromsoe Greenland Sea
ARK-XXVIII/4 05 August – 10 October 2014 Tromsoe - Bremerhaven Greenland Sea
ANT-XXX/1 27 October – 30 November 2014 Bremerhaven - Cape Town Atlantic
ANT-XXX/2 1 December – 31 January 2015 Cape Town - Punta Arenas Atlantic


Additional material (Videos and Blogs)

ARK-XXVII/3: Polarstern impressions during the cruise to the central Arctic: YouTube video

ANT-XXIX/3: A team from the German TV-channel ZDF was onboard Polarstern: Video and Blog in German.

ANT_XXIX/6: Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke (AWI) about the expedition in wintery Antarctic (in German) YouTube video.
ANT_XXIX/6: Polarstern impressions during the cruise from Cape Town to Neumayer-Station in Antarctic: YouTube video