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Made in Belgium

Belgium has a long history with polar research, starting with the very first international and wintering scientific expedition to Antarctica led by Adrien de Gerlache in 1897 on board the Belgica. After more than a century, Belgium has named its brand new state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessel the RV Belgica, in memory of this landmark expedition. And to continue with the innovation, Belgium also has the first zero emission base in Antarctica, the Princess Elisabeth Station

© Nicolas Herinckx, IPF

"What poet will ever sing the splendor of this polar world? What human language can ever evoke its magic? We remain under the spell of this spectacle that the imagination is powerless to conceive, that my pen could not describe. More than in any country of the earth, the light here has unforeseen and marvelous whims: the dull and desolate world, which encloses us, suddenly, as under the wand of a magician, it transforms it into a fairy-like stay, with the dazzling of dreams."

Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery

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