This data set contains the abundance of sea ice meiofauna with additional information on ice thickness, snow depth and chlorophyll concentration. We studied the abundance, biomass and potential ingestion rates of meiofauna in multi-year sea ice (MYI) of the Beaufort Gyre during two icebreaker expeditions in summers 2002 and 2003. Ice cores were taken at a total of ten stations and analyzed for ice ... temperature, salinity, chlorophyll a (Chl a), and ice meiofauna abundances. In 2002, ice was free of snow and covered with melt ponds. In 2003, snow still covered the ice and a slush-layer was found in the ice-water interface. The vertical distribution of Chl a mostly followed C-shaped curves with elevated concentrations at the bottom and top of the ice. Ice meiofauna was mainly restricted to the bottom 10 cm of the ice and was dominated by turbellarians, harpacticoid copepods and nematodes. The meiofauna abundances (range: 8–3,000 individuals m_2) and Chl a concentration (range: 0.1–1.7 mg Chl a m_2) were similar to estimates for MYI of the Transpolar Drift, but about 2 orders of magnitude below coastal fast first-year ice estimates. Calculated potential meiofaunal ingestion rate, based on allometric equations and volume estimates from the literature, was about 1% of published daily algal production rates and was thus unlikely to constrain algal biomass accumulation.