Aboa, Finnish Antarctic Research Program (FINNARP)
Aboa station is located on the Basen nunatak in the Vestfjella Mountains, Dronning Maud Land.
Vegetation is very scarce in the Basen nunatak. Some common algae, lichens and mosses, as well as some micro-organisms living in extreme conditions are present. There are a few dozen Snow petrels (Pagodroma nivea), a few Wilson’s storm petrels (Oceanites oceanicus) and South Polar skuas (Catharacta MacCormick) nesting on the Basen cliffs.
Aboa was built in 1988; the Swedish research station Wasa is located on the same nunatak, 200 metres from Aboa and the two stations together form the Nordenskiöld Base Camp. Aboa was enlarged and renovated during the summer 2002- 2003. Today the research station comprises a main building, a generator building, an arch shelter, two separate research/ accommodation containers, a container housing a doctor’s surgery/accommodation, a container with a gravity laboratory, three 20 foot storage containers (food, spare parts, storeroom), an incinerator container, a garage and a container for climate research with a year-round weather station. Aboa can accommodate expeditions of up to seventeen people and it is occupied during the Antarctic summer only.
Finland started active Antarctic research when the station Aboa was founded in 1988. Since then, Finland has organized twenty- three (2015) Antarctic research expeditions at the Finnish research station Aboa. In recent years research has focused on geodesy and glaciology, soil, bedrock and marine geology and geophysics, bi-polar meteorological and space physics, marine and structural technology, and oceanography and marine biology. Metadata is stored in the data system of the Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management.
Finnish Antarctic Research Program at the Finnish Meteorological Institute
Finnish Antarctic Research Program (FINNARP)/ Finnish Meteorological Institute
73° 2.5369' 0'' S
13° 24.4415' 0'' W
K - Northern latitude ice shelves
6 Dronning Maud Land
01/01/1989 to 01/01/2001
Atmospheric sciences; Climate studies; Geology; Geophysics and seismology
Fossil fuel; Renewable
AWS, Seismometer, GPS.
Tracked ATVs, one tractor, snowmobiles.
Mechanical; Metal workshop; Wood workshop
Computer; E-mail; Printer; Satellite phone; Telephone; VHF
Aircraft landing facilities
1000 m skiway prepared when necessary.
Transport and freight
Airplane; Helicopter; Skidoo; Walking
Access To The Facility
Drinking water collection
Scientist at work.
Tisler Basen Panorama.
Tisler Basen reflection.