Research infrastructure offered in 2020 call

SIOS offers funded access to research infrastructure owned by our members in and around Svalbard. The infrastructure available in the 2020 call is described below.

We encourage applicants to make contact with the access provider (contact details below) to discuss the requirements of their project before submitting their application. Questions may also be directed to the SIOS access and logistics officer

When contacting the access provider, please include, as a minimum, the following information:

  • Your name and affiliation.
  • The number of people in your group.
  • Details of your planned fieldwork (dates, location, type of environment, type of work). Please be as specific as possible.
  • The needs of your project, in terms of access, logistical support, equipment, data, other support from staff at the facility.
  • The level of experience and needs for safety training for the members of the group.


One room for 4 persons (including meals) is available to SIOS projects at the Stanisław Siedlecki Polish Polar Station throughout the year. The station is run by the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

See here (pdf), the station website and the entry in European Polar Infrastructure Database for more details about the station. 

Contact person: Station Manager - Włodzimierz Sielski (

Photo: Christiane Hübner

Hopen and Bear Island

One person can be accomodated at Hopen for a longer time period. For a shorter period, up to three weeks, three persons can be accomodated at Hopen.

At Bear Island three persons can be accommodated for a longer time period.

The person(s) have to arrange and pay for transport themselves (but the Norwegian Meteorological Institute can give relevant information/guidance). Travel funding of up to 15 000 NOK is available from SIOS. Included in the price is accomodation and food, and use of the facilities available. It is not possible to offer a seperate office or a lab, but there is space for equipment of reasonable size. 

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute facilitates external institutions' needs for research related equipment and support on the islands. Cost recovery for electricity, internet connection, accomodation and man-hours for practical support is agreed for each case.

More details about Hopen: and Bear Island: See also entry in European Polar Infrastructure Database for Hopen and Bear Island

Contact person: Thomas Olsen (

Photo: John-Tore Rudborg, MET

Ny-Ålesund Research Station

Ny-Ålesund is a unique station for Arctic research and monitoring of environmental change. Access to facilitites in Ny-Ålesund is offered by the Alfred Wegener Institute, the National Research Council of Italy, the University of Groningen, and the Norwegian Polar Institute. Access to the Zeppelin Observatory is managed jointly by the Norwegian Polar Institute, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research and Stockholm University. You can find information about the research station as a whole in the Researchers Guide to Ny-Ålesund:

Facilities offering access in Ny-Ålesund:

Photo: Christiane Hübner

Longyearbyen - Svalbard Science Centre

The Norwegian Polar Institute offers logistical services for fieldwork across the Arctic from its office in Longyearbyen.

The University Centre in Svalbard offers access to lab facilities, logistics and safety training in Longyearbyen. Safety training is also offered to projects that are planning to travel onwards to other parts of Svalbard. For more information see and

Contact: UNIS logistics department (

For more details about Svalbard Science Centre see the European Polar Infrastructure Database.

Photo: Christiane Hübner

Airborne remote sensing platforms

SIOS, in cooperation between NORCE and the UNIS drone group, is pleased to offer access to airborne remote sensing platforms (aircraft and drones) for research purposes. The technical and operational details of the available airborne platforms are as described here.

Contact person: Rune Storvold (

Photo: Rune Storvold