16.9.2022 – 23.4.2023

The new temporary exhibition at the Arktikum Science Centre introduces research and daily life in the Finnish research station Aboa in Antarctica. The exhibition is open to visitors 16.9.2022 – 23.4.2023.

Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. The coldest temperatures in winter can reach close to -90oC and there’s less precipitation than in the Sahara Desert. Fierce storms can have wind speeds of 60 meters per second.

Antarctica is one of the most unpolluted places on Earth. Even the slightest changes can be observed in the air, snow, ice, water – and even rock. Finnish climate research in Antarctica is concentrated on the interaction of the atmosphere with snow, sea ice and the sea. Oceanography and geology are also important fields of research in Antarctica.

The Finnish research station Aboa opened in 1989 and is located in Queen Maud Land, 130 kilometres from the shore. It is built 480 meters above sea level on Basen nunatak (a mountain peak reaching above the ice sheet) in Vestfjella mountain range. The Swedish research station Wasa is located close by, and the stations are co-operating in logistics and research.

The exhibition tells about the careful preparations before going to Aboa, how to travel there and how is researcher’s daily life in extreme conditions.

During the 30 years of research in Aboa, a huge amount of research data has been collected about the state and changes of the Earth. The station is maintained and the fieldwork coordinated by the Finland Antarctic Operations FINNARP. Researchers are working in the station during the southern hemisphere summer season, usually from November to February.

The exhibition has been made possible by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish Meteorological Institute/FINNARP and the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus.

Picture: Priit Tisler / FINNARP


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Adults 18 €
Seniors, unemployed and students 11 €
Children (7–15 years) 5 €
Children under 7 years free of charge
Admission to temporary exhibitions 6 €

Family ticket 40 €

Price includes entry for 2 adults + 2 children aged 7-15 years + children under 7 years.

Museum Card 76,00 €

The Museum Card allows you entry into more than 300 museums throughout Finland; valid for one year beginning on date of first use.

Culture Pass

Adults 25 € (norm. 36€)
Seniors, unemployed, students 20 € (norm. 24€)
Children (7-15 yrs.) 10 € (norm. 15€)
Family 55€ (2 adults + 2 children 7-15 yrs. OR 1 adult + 3 children 7-15 yrs.) (norm.102€)
Children under 7years free or charge

Culture Pass is your ticket to three of Rovaniemi’s premier cultural attractions. Experience northern nature, art, history and phenomena in many exciting ways:

Korundi House of Culture
Discover new and daring northern perspectives through contemporary art.

Arktikum Science Centre and Museum
Your introduction to life in the north: Arctic issues and the history and culture of Lapland.

Science Centre Pilke
Explore northern forests, the sustainable use of wood and the possibilities of bioeconomy by doing and experiencing.

Culture Pass is personal and valid for 7 days – visit the three attractions as many times as you like. Welcome to the north!