In the troposphere, ozone (O3) is ubiquitous and acts as an important oxidant and greenhouse gas [Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts, 2000; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007]. While the marine atmospheric boundary layer is a net O3 sink [Wild and Palmer, 2008], its complete removal in the boundary layer is a remarkable phenomenon occurring predominantly in the polar regions, which has been observed in the last 25 years [Bottenheim et al., 1986; Oltmans and Komhyr, 1986; Barrie et al., 1988; Wessel et al., 1998; Simpson et al., 2007]. Such depletion of O3 is caused by reactive halogen chemistry and occurs regularly in the atmospheric boundary layer during springtime in both polar regions [Simpson et al., 2007]. Termed ozone depletion events (ODEs) because of its sporadic albeit recurring nature at coastal sites [Bottenheim et al., 1986; Simpson et al., 2007; Helmig et al., 2007a], many features of this phenomenon remain poorly determined, including spatial and temporal extent and processes that start or end the ODEs. Previous measurements have already indicated that low O3 mixing ratios occurred with a higher frequency in the sea ice region compared to coastal locations [Hopper et al., 1994, 1998; Ridley et al., 2003; Bottenheim et al., 2009]. Although Hopper et al.  suggested that O3 mixing ratios over the sea ice were related to the large-scale meteorological condition, they found no significant correlation between O3 and meteorological data. Here, we analyze additional records of O3 mixing ratios obtained in springtime over the ice-covered central Arctic between Spitsbergen and the North Pole suggesting that the absence of O3 in the boundary layer represents the normal state for large areas of the central Arctic at this time of the year. Further analysis reveals that the fast fluctuations in the O3 mixing ratios are regularly accompanied by opposite changes in atmospheric pressure. We suggest a link between sea ice, the stability, and the chemical composition of the boundary layer over the Arctic Ocean in springtime. Such a link may induce a specific feedback mechanism between atmospheric chemistry and climate in the Arctic. Implications of the absence of O3 on such a large scale for atmospheric oxidation pathways and on the radiative budget of the Arctic are discussed.