Sixth Norwegian Antarctic Expedition

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The sixth Norwegian Antarctic Expedition (1956–1960) was a scientific expedition to Queen Maud Land, intended as part of Norway's participation in the International Geophysical Year, 1957-58. The crew set sail from Oslo on board two whaling ships, the Polarsirkel and Polarbjørn, on November 10, 1956.[1] They were based at Norway Station (70°30′S 02°32′W / 70.500°S 2.533°W / -70.500; -2.533). The expedition was led by Sigurd Gunnarson Helle, a geodesist at Norsk Polarinstitutt, and it included 14 researchers.[2] Among their activities were topological mapping of the region.


  1. ^ Lebedev, Vladimir L'vovich (1959). Antarctica. Foreign Languages Publishing House. p. 244. 
  2. ^ Amundsen, Bård; Lie, Else. "IPY generates a torrent of research". translators: Connie Stultz and Victoria Coleman. The Research Council of Norway. Retrieved 2010-12-23.