Estonian Antarctic expedition reaches Oslo

On August 7 an Estonian sailboat, ‘Admiral Bellingshausen’, will stay at Aker Brygge Marina, Oslo, and is open for visiting. At 14:00-18:00 PM a forum “Polar exploration then and now” takes place at the Fram Museum.

The popular scientific expedition, organised by the Estonian Maritime Museum and NGO Thetis Expeditions, is to celebrate 200 years from the discovery of Antarctica by the Russian admiral Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who was born in Saaremaa, today’s Republic of Estonia.

“This expedition highlights the importance of international cooperation in great discoveries in the past as well as in today’s scientific achievements,” said the leader of the expedition, Mr. Tiit Pruuli. The statement leads to the answer to one of the keynote ideas of the forum by Timo Palo, Estonian polar researcher and voyager: “The heroic age of polar exploration was the last chapter in the age of discovery. Once it was over, it seemed like there was nothing to discover on this planet anymore. Could this be true?”

The forum outlines:

  • Fridtjof Mehlum, President of the Norwegian Polar Club: Norwegian Polar Club – history and mission;
  • Feliks Gornischeff, Researcher at the Estonian Maritime Museum: Bellingshausen and the First Russian Antarctic Expedition 1819-1821;
  • Geir Kløver, Director of the Fram Museum: Captain C.A. Larsen – Norway’s first Antarctic Explorer;
  • Timo Palo, Estonian polar researcher and voyager: Polar exploration then and now. What has and hasn’t changed;
  • Jan Wanggaard, Artist and manager: The Maud Expedition. Maud Returns Home.

The next forums on behalf of the expedition will take place on September, 2 in Cambridge, to debate about the discovery of Antarctica; and September, 11 in Brest on challenges in preserving the Ocean in collaboration with the Tara Expeditions.

The commemorative expedition began on July 11, 2019 from Kronstadt, Russia and the crew is planning to arrive to Antarctica on the 200th anniversary of discovering the White Continent, 28 January 2020. The initiative is supported by numerous Estonian companies, including Telia, Tallink, Enefit Green, Sillamäe Sadam, GO Travel, Sportland, Alexela, Baltic Workboats, and Postimees Grupp, and local partners on the route of the voyage.



Souvenir sheet dedicated to the discovery of Antarctica presented at the Seaplane Harbour

On 28 January, Eesti Post presented the postage stamp block ‘Discovery of Antarctica 200. Estonian–Russian joint issue’ at the Seaplane Harbour.
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, who is currently in Antarctica, was contacted by phone.

30. January

Opening times during the Festive Season

Due to the festive period, we do have some exceptions in our opening times.
During Christmas, we are closed on December 23rd and 24th. As a special gift to our visitors, we are open on some Mondays, December 30th and January 6th.

16. December

Estonian Antarctic expedition calls into London and Cambridge

On the occasion of celebrating 200 years of discovery of Antarctica, the Estonian popular scientific expedition on their way from Kronstadt, Russia to Antarctica calls into London and holds a joint public forum with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

02. September

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