The IPY opening ceremony started at 8:30 this morning. The Ceremony was a spectacular show featuring music and dance followed by a number of distinguished speakers most notably prins HÃ¥kon of Norway. There was a general concensus among the speakers that this event, the international polar year was a extraordinary event and a rare pleasure as almost 50.000 researchers from 60 countries have participated in the IPY.

The ceremony was well attended and it was obvious that this event had been highly anticipated. To give you a glimpse of the events we take a look at the pictures below





The Arctic Portal wil continue with our coverage as the conference continues.