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Previous Expeditions 

The Arctic Research Group has visited nine areas of Spitsbergen during the past twenty five years and has gained the reputation of being one of the most respected private expedition groups currently operating in the UK. From Sveagrua in 1989 to Bockfjorden in 2019, the Arctic Research Group has carried out research in eareas of climate change, geology, ecology and glaciology, to name a few. 

Previous Expeditions





Ny Ålesund








Van-Mijenfjorden & Rindersbukta



Van-Mijenfjorden & Rindersbukta



Rindersbukta Paulabre



Rindersbukta Paulabre





Bockfjord 5 person expedition to visit the worlds’ northernmost known warm springs and evaluate the region for further research opportunities.  A commercial vessel was chartered to reach the area and was frustrated by unseasonal ice which limited the expedition activities.  Nonetheless, valuable work was completed and secured an important data set to inform future work.

Ny Ålesund 6 person expedition to Ny-Ålesund looking into naturally occurring ground pollution and gamma radiation, vascular plant species ground cover and species distribution, abundance and distribution of bird species and extended continuing Anthropogenic effects of camping on vegetated Tundra

Bellsund 10 person expedition around Bellsund & Camp Morton studying sub and supra Glacial Hydrology, Geological features, Anthropogenic effects of camping on Tundra and observing surging Fridjofbre

Van-Mijenfjorden, April, 2 person reconnaissance to establish base for later Summer visit and revisiting the previously sited survey station to re-establish a sensible communication link with the satellite used for exchanging data between site and the UK.

Van Mijenfjorden & Rindersbukta, June 11 week, 3 man Van Mijenfjorden plus two man in Rindersbukta, combined expeditions between ARG and EU funded International Research Expedition working on both glacial hydrology on Finsterwalderbre and ice movement on the surging Paulabre

8 person return reconnaissance to Rindersbukta, Bakaninbre and surrounding area, repeating work on ground pollution at Sveagruva and glacial survey work.  A reconnaissance trip to Pyramiden by three members was also undertaken in the hope that it might prove a useful location for a future expedition

3 person revisit Rindersbukta Paulabre and Bakaninbre to re-establish surveying points and to record a programme for the BBC  Radio 4 series ‘Science Now’, that was broadcast later that year

12 person expedition to Rindersbukta area working on Paulabre, surging Bakaninbre, Skoobre and a recently exposed esker, together with observing and assessing the effects of ground pollution on vascular plants pecies relative to remains of coal tailings in and around the mining settlement of Sveagruva

 2 person reconnaissance to Sveagruva, Paulabre and around Rindersbukta generally, choosing suitable sites and assessing areas suitable for research work.  This included a visit to Sveagruva and to several mountain tops in search of stable bedrock, not an easy task amongst the Tertiary sandstone deposits of the Carolinefjellet. 

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