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Hurtigruten partners with University of Tasmania for Antarctica research

Researchers will join three departures of Fridtjof Nansen during the coming Antarctica season
Hurtigruten Expeditions’ partnership with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania will support Antarctic research into the next decade going through to July 2031.

Hurtigruten’s Chief Scientist Dr Verena Meraldi said there are already three projects planned for the coming Antarctic season.

‘We’re scheduled to have marine mammal observers on board during our 2022-23 Antarctic season as a follow-up of the project we supported during the 2019-20 season,’ Meraldi said.

‘Plus, we will welcome two researchers on three departures of MS Fridtjof Nansen who will be studying the impact of citizen science participation on our guests’ travel experiences and attitude towards Antarctica. 

‘Lastly, we are looking at what departures will be ideal for a pilot study on the behaviour and habitat of ice seals in the Antarctic Peninsula.’

Enhancing passengers’ experience

‘Not only does our partnership with Hurtigruten provide much needed funding for ongoing research, but it also offers Hurtigruten’s guests a unique insight into the challenges facing the region,’ Terry Bailey, executive dean of Tasmania University’s College of Sciences and Engineering, said.

‘Our science projects with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies will not only provide contributing data to the scientific community, but they will also enhance our guests’ experiences through face-to-face interaction with the scientists and their work,’ Hurtigruten’s MD and VP Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific Damian Perry said.