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Do you dream of Polar expeditions and Arctic adventures? There is no need to go as far as Greenland. In Prémanon in the Jura massif, the well-named “Espace des Mondes Polaires” transports you on a journey to distant lands for an encounter with great explores, polar bears, the ice cap and the people of the Arctic. An exotic and fun adventure combined with an insight into the major climate challenges which are of critical importance in these Arctic and Antarctic regions.
In the beginning, there was the Centre Polaire Paul-Emile Victor in Prémanon. A museum and site devoted to the Pole, a product of and inspired by Paul-Emile Victor’s roots in Jura which was created in 1989.
On the initiative of the explorer’s oldest son, Jean-Christophe Victor, and the Director of the former museum, Stéphane Niveau, a new 5000m2 complex will open its doors at the end of 2016: the Espace des Mondes polaires.
Destined to become the leading cultural centre in France devoted to the Polar world and the expeditions organised there, the Espace des Mondes Polaires immerses us into the glacial but fascinating universe of the Polar Regions and attempts to answer a certain number of questions: Why is it so cold at the Poles? What is the difference between land ice and sea ice? What challenges do the Arctic’s inhabitants have to face? What are the consequences of climate change?
Through an immersive path, combining games, films and special effects, visitors will be able to touch, feel, hear, understand and discover the answers proposed by ethnologists, geographers, biologists and many other scientists. A dialogue between disciplines and approaches in order to help to understand the future of the Polar Regions and, beyond them, of our planet.
This theme, in tune with the major climate changes of our age, could only be integrated into an environmentally-responsible building.
This has led to an architectural project designed to ensure a limited ecological footprint and complete energy self-sufficiency in terms of water and heating requirements.
In order to prolong the adventure and vary the pleasures, a sport and leisure complex is planned: ice cap skating rink, events, tourism information, festivals, plenty for the pleasure of families and holidaymakers staying in the resort of Rousses or elsewhere in Jura.
Visitors will also be tempted by a gourmet break at the restaurant, before continuing their journey among the Eskimos, the blizzards and the Polar night.
Contracting authority: Communauté de communes de la Station des Rousses
The harsh climate, the wild expanses, the relationship between humans and nature, in many respects, the Jura mountains have a small touch of the Polar atmosphere about them.
In this authentic medium-altitude mountain environment, savour the joys of nature and the pleasures of winter: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow-shoeing. And, for the most daring, why not try a dog-sled ride in the same way as the true explorers of the Great North?